INESC Porto is part of a 1.2 million Euro consortium for the development of the first ‘intelligent’ surveillance robot – the ROBVIGIL. A pioneer project in the world, this robot is characterised by mobility, autonomy and by its ability to cooperate with other robots and security operationals through tele and videoconference, thus working as a support to human activity. Gifted with sensors, the robot is also capable of assuring tasks that are potentially dangerous for humans, thus setting itself apart from the solutions currently available on the market. The ROBVIGIL project has a two-year duration and the first experimental units will be on the market in 2012.
BIP is associating to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of INESC in the city of Porto. As such, the “Special” section will, over the next months, visit each R&D Unit and group integrating the institute. More than “looking to the past”, the intention is to allow people to know INESC Porto LA’s current moment, the year in which INESC celebrates its 25th Anniversary in Porto, as well as the new goals and challenges that the next quarter of a century will bring.