Cost-Effective Solutions for Harsh Environments
Dull, Dirty & Dangerous
Industrial companies are actively exploring opportunities to leverage unmanned systems to improve worker safety, reduce costs, and enhance efficiency for dull, dangerous, and dirty tasks. Despite their best efforts to introduce unmanned systems and the significant benefits associated with those systems, companies have been conservative in their adoption of robotic solutions. Today, most unmanned systems applications include a single robot with a single purpose using a custom controller. Consequently, each new application requires additional training and investment which mitigates the business case for expanding their use.
Tomahawk Robotics has developed Kinesis to improve an enterprise's ability to capitalize on the benefits of unmanned systems. Kinesis is a secure, low-cost, common control system that outperforms custom-built alternatives and works seamlessly with market-leading platforms (UAS, UGV, manipulators, etc.). Kinesis provides an intuitive, common control solution that is agnostic to robotic hardware, communications hardware, or even the specific Android devices. Adopting Kinesis enterprise-wide will lead to significantly accelerated adoption times, lower training costs, and improved task execution.
The figure above provides an example of how Kinesis can facilitate remote asset inspection. In this example, a commercially available UAS has been augmented with Kinesis and modular payloads to enable precision data collection of methane gas detection via the plug and play capabilities of Kinesis. Kinesis can also support more complex implementations, such as UAS and UGV robots conducting daily rounds, intermittent inspections, or emergency response.
Key benefits of Kinesis includes:
Common control of UAS and UGV from the Kinesis app (runs on Android-based mobile devices)
AI-enhanced edge processing for real-time video analytics from all connected unmanned platforms via KxM
Efficient and tailored data capture for enterprise use
Reduced cost through reuse of training time and control system hardware for common control
Can I use Kinesis to control and task multiple unmanned systems at the same time across multiple domains?
Yes, you Kinesis was built for this exact purpose, to control multiple disparate unmanned systems simultaneously in a multi-domain scenario.
What use cases are most appropriate for Kinesis?
Kinesis is focused on providing intuitive command and control for robotic systems. Therefore, Kinesis is useful anytime you have a front line worker in a role where robotic technologies can be employed to improve worker safety and/or improve the quality of data collection.
How have other enterprises adopted Kinesis?
Kinesis has been used in upstream well pad inspections that require multiple sensors collecting data on multiple assets.
What unmanned systems are supported?
The team at Tomahawk Robotics has significant experience with robotics control architectures and therefore can integrate with the majority of commercial and defense platforms. The "Get Started" page has additional details on supported systems.
Why do I need Kinesis if I already have an existing control system?
Kinesis provides three clear advantages. First, you can use your existing phone or tablet to lighten the load. Second, you can train with your equipment safely with the Kinesis simulator and not risk damaging expensive robotic systems or infrastructure assets. Finally, you can upgrade and modify your systems easily over time to address new requirements.
How does Kinesis mitigate the threat of data “leaks” from commercial unmanned systems?
Kinesis controls network message traffic from unmanned systems via "whitelisting". Whitelisting is a security feature the ensures only the authorized data can be sent, all other data is blocked.