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Self-driving autonomous robots providing outdoor cleaning services for commercial, industrial and public spaces all year round

Country of origin:
Country: 
ESTONIA
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOEE20191030001
Published
30/10/2019
Last update
17/12/2019
Expiration date
17/12/2020

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Automation, Robotics Control Systems
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Remote Control
Smart Appliances
Applications for Transport and Logistics
Process control and logistics
Other transportation
Other finance, insurance and real estate
Other services (not elsewhere classified)
Other utilities and related firms
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Summary

Summary: 
The technology is offered by an Estonian SME focused on developing autonomous snow removal and cleaning robots. The self-driving autonomous cleaning robots are offered as a full service including installation, maintenance and 24/7 support. Automating the tedious and time-consuming tasks makes the cleaning operations more productive and cost effective. Open for commercial agreement with technical assistance or technical cooperation, e.g. for testing/piloting at startup campuses.

Description

Description: 

The Estonian SME has specialized on developing autonomous snow removal and cleaning robots. The company intends to revolutionise the street cleaning while reducing the labour cost and maximising the service availability and working time flexibility.
Clean, healthy cities attract inhabitants, tourists and businesses which in turn helps to create more employment opportunities and higher-paying jobs. But as the population is aging and working-age population is becoming more educated, the cleaning industry is facing a widespread worker shortage. While the service providers are struggling to compete on wages with other industries, the rising labour cost also puts increasing pressure on the public clean-up budgets.
In colder cities, the snow clearing is an additional burden for the budgets while snowfall is usually accompanied by a surge in demand and service delays. As the service providers use manual labour and expensive machinery, they face the same problem each year– while there is constant snowfall, it is impossible to be everywhere at once.
The developed robots are the long-term low cost/high productivity alternative to human labour automating the time-consuming and tedious cleaning tasks. They are also 10x cheaper to make than traditional cleaning machines and snow ploughs. This allows specialized areas such as university campuses or residential neighbourhoods to have dedicated on-site robots. Their sensors can detect snow fall enabling them to start working as soon as it starts snowing. Through continuous work, they provide cleanliness 24/7 at a sustainable cost.
Due to light weight they are universally applicable to areas with low weight tolerance (e.g. glass surfaces, solar panels and brick pavements). The robots have various cleaning modes, including interchangeable parts for clearing leaves and dust in sweeping season as well as for snow removal and slip control in winter season. Therefore, the same robot can drive maximum utility in all seasons and from versatility in services.

The desired cooperation types:

- Pilot partners and potential customers are sought after to test the technology in operational environment under commercial agreement with technical assistance. This includes smart city test areas, science and business campuses with innovation-friendly environment, etc.

- Additionally, they are looking for technical cooperation with weather forecast companies to provide APIs (application program interfaces) for sending input for robot to start working when snowfall starts.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The advantages include: • Readiness on-site 24/7: robots are always ready to work 24/7 delivering timely and consistent cleaning. They are silent and perfect for doing the work outside normal 9am-5pm hours • New levels of productivity: the autonomous robots will create entirely new levels of productivity that service providers are otherwise incapable of attaining due to inherent limits of human abilities. • Automated deployment: As the sensors enable them to start working as soon as it starts snowing there will be no service delays even with unexpected snowfall • Environmental sustainability: cleaning machines and snow ploughs use internal combustion engines whereas the electrical zero-emission robots improve the air quality in cities and help to reduce their environmental footprint.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Prototype available for demonstration

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
Type 1: smart cities / science and business campuses Role: pilot partner that will be expected to provide their infrastructure for testing and piloting the robots under a commercial agreement with technical assistance. Type 2: real estate management and cleaning companies Role: pilot partner that will be expected to provide their infrastructure for testing and piloting the robots under a commercial agreement with technical assistance. Type 3: weather forecast companies Role: development partner that will be expected to provide APIs for their system for sending input for robot to start working when snowfall starts under a technical cooperation agreement.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,University,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500