Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Advantech upgrades robot to aid coronavirus detection

Steve Rogerson
March 24, 2020



Chinese smart city IoT products and services provider Guangzhou Gosuncn Robot has upgraded its 5G-powered patrol robot with Advantech technology to help first-line police officers conduct coronavirus prevention inspections.
 
Because the manual measurement of body temperature exposes public safety personnel to potential health risks, these robots are equipped with five high-resolution cameras and infra-red thermometers capable of scanning the temperature of ten people simultaneously within a radius of 5m. If a high temperature or the absence of a mask is detected, the robots send an alert to the relevant authorities.
 
All data can be transmitted to a central control centre for real-time situational response and decision making. Moreover, although these robots are self-driving machines, they can also be controlled remotely, thereby saving manpower by reducing patrolling responsibilities and preventing cross-infection.
 
These 5G patrol robots have already been deployed at airports and shopping malls in the cities of Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xi'an and Guiyang.
 
The patrol robots integrate IoT, AI, cloud computing and big data technologies to conduct environmental sensing, dynamic decision-making, autonomous motion control, and behavioural sensing and interaction. They are powered by an industrial edge computer (MIC-770) from Taiwanese company Advantech equipped with an eighth-generation Intel Core i processor and GPU iModule (MIC-75G20) aimed at IoT applications.
 
The MIC-770 industrial-grade edge computer and MIC-75G20 GPU iModule provide a system for AI training and inference. To withstand round-the-clock operation under extreme conditions, the MIC-770's rugged chassis and cast aluminium heatsink protect against vibration and shock, the passive thermal camera ensures silent operation, and all electronic components satisfy industrial standards for environmental protection, EMI and ESD tolerance, and high-voltage surge requirements (2kV).
 
Meanwhile, the MIC-75G20 GPU iModule supports PCIe and PCI I and F add-on cards, such as frame grabber, GPU and motion control cards, in addition to mainstream GPU cards with active cooling, and reserves an additional 12V DC of power from the on-board connector for cards that require additional power.
 
Overall, the computing power of the combination can be widely applied in urban security, smart equipment, autonomous vehicles, AI inference servers, high-end medical or security inspection equipment, and machine vision to enable diverse industrial automation applications.