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TinyMobileRobots Are Sewer Sentinels

Using robots, big data and artificial intelligence (AI), a new Danish research project will save hundreds of millions of kroner on maintaining sewers.

One of the most expensive infrastructures in Denmark lies beneath the ground. Today, the Danish water suppliers that own and are responsible for the sewer networks use manual TV inspection to examine the condition of sewer pipes.

The latest computer vision and AI algorithms we are researching enable the automation of complex tasks. Based on our experience from other research projects, we expect to be able to automatically find errors in the sewer network based on the sensor data that the new robot will deliver, says Thomas Moeslund, Professor at Aalborg University.

The goal of the project is to automate the entire inspection process. Robots must be put down in the sewers to collect data on the pipes, and computer algorithms will then analyse the data to find irregularities in the pipes.

(Via ROBOTS IN SEWERS WILL SAVE SOCIETY MILLIONS.)

Sure, what could go wrong. Just think of the duct-diving robotic Sentinels of the Matrix movies. In the movies, the Sentinels restlessly search the ductwork underlying the Matrix infrastructure, searching for unwanted elements skulking therein (Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, et al).


(Duct-diving Sentinel robots from The Matrix)

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