Frequently Asked Questions

Robotics Revolution

The proliferation of unmanned systems (UxV) technologies has been staggering since their initial use by the US Military in the days following 9/11. Over the last two decades these technologies moved from the exclusive domain of the US Government and its allies to a ubiquitous tool used by militaries, enterprises and individuals the world over. The result of this exponential commercial growth in UxV technologies is an abundance of very capable systems across all domains - each with a set of specific capabilities optimized for a targeted use case. However, each system is operated independently, uniquely, and individually from supporting systems reducing the potential overall end user benefit.

We put together this FAQ to address these issues in concert with the enterprise decisions circling the "How?" and "When?" questions related to UxV deployments.  Read on to learn more.

We are considering augmenting our workforce with unmanned systems. Where do we start?

Robots should be seen as an extension, or an enabler, of your workforce just as computers and other tools are. It’s important to remember that robots are not general purpose tools, buyers need to have informed expectations. Therefore, combining an understanding of your workflow, the challenges you are seeking to address and robotics expertise are required to ensure the appropriate application of technology and return on your investment.

We are currrently paying for monitoring at our remote facilities. Can this be improved by applying unmanned systems or robotics?

Yes – just as motion detectors or cameras drastically improve the reliability and cost of security technologies, robots are improving the ability of people to monitor and protect critical infrastructure. Augmenting static monitoring capabilities with robotics allows for a degree of assurance and precision that would otherwise require people to travel to remote locations. This enables event-driven vs. schedule based direct engagement.  In line with the point above, robotics and unmanned systems technology should be considered as an integrated element of your overall technology portfolio and not a standalone capability.

Will UxVs allow us to operate more safely, precisely and efficiently?

Unmanned systems technology applied with an understanding of your workflow can achieve these goals.  Robots are most effective when prioritized to address the most frequent and high-risk tasks. There are great examples across industry verticals where robotic solutions have been superb investments.

How do we combine various sensors with unmanned systems to improve our data collection?

The most effective approach is to adopt robotic systems that are designed with open architecture compatibility. This way you can avoid the pitfalls of siloed solutions. Not surprisingly, this applies equally to robotic software, hardware, and sensor systems.

We have dangerous tasks that require putting our employees at increased risk. How can robotics help?

Robots are superb tools for dealing with confined spaces and/or hazardous environments since they can be tailored to address these challenges in ways not possible for people. Examples include cleaning chemical storage tanks or inspecting remote power generation equipment. Through the application of unmanned systems technology, you can eliminate potential exposure to harmful chemicals and employee health hazards.

I’m concerned about vendor lock and obsolescence. How do I avoid this when making a purchase decision?

This has long been an issue due to vendor specific solutions. Today this is changing with the adoption of technologies such as the Robotic Operating System (ROS).  ROS is an open architecture that enables UxV system builders to develop solutions that interoperate efficiently.  As more providers build to these standards the landscape of solutions expands providing users more options at a better price with enhanced capability and performance.

How should I consider the investment vs. capabilities trade when purchasing an unmanned system?

Robotics should be viewed in the same light as other technology tools. You should be looking for relevance to your needs, flexibility, ease-of-use, and alignment with the economic realities of your business. Here at Tomahawk, we have experience with all leading systems and will gladly assist your team to find an optimal solution.

How can we contact Tomahawk Robotics?

Click below to speak to us.  We engage our customers first by understanding their current needs and future objectives. Our control system, Kinesis, is platform agnostic so we can design and optimize a solution for your specific operations with hardware from all the leading UAS/UGV and robotic payload manufacturers. We welcome the opportunity to speak to you further and hear about your goals.

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