Design and development of a pole climbing surveillance robot

Erbil, Mehmet Ali, Prior, Stephen D., Karamanoglu, Mehmet ORCID logoORCID:, Odedra, Sid, Barlow, Chris, Bell, Jonathon and Brazinskas, Mantas (2011) Design and development of a pole climbing surveillance robot. In: Conference proceedings of the 2011 New Zealand Rapid Product Development Conference [electronic resource]. AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. ISBN 9781877314994. [Book Section]

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The cost of installing, monitoring and servicing a fixed camera system can be high and not all areas are in need of constant surveying. The increase in crime in urban areas emphasizes the need for a more effective and efficient surveillance system, as a result could lead to fewer crimes. A temporary surveillance unit which is able to climb to gain an elevated view has great potential for both military and civilian application. This paper highlights how the patent pending climbing robotic system (PC-101) was developed to be used by London’s Metropolitan Police Forensic Department for analysing outdoor crime scenes especially that related to car accidents. When cars are involved in accidents in the Metropolitan area, depending on the scale of the incident, the road generally has to be shut off to traffic if there are serious casualties. Elevated images are required for cases which may be taken to court, which then the images are then used as evidence, therefore regulations on the quality and perspectives of the image have to be met. By climbing a range of existing street furniture such as street lamp post, a temporary platform eliminates the use of larger special vehicle which struggles to get to the crime scene as well as cuts down the duration of the road closure. 98% of London street lamps in the Metropolitan area are constructed out of steel structures which make the use of magnetic wheels for locomotion an ideal solution to the climbing problem. Once remote controlled to the top of the lamp post, the PC-101 makes use of its actuated camera arm/gimbal to take the required shot, which can be seen on the ground control unit.
A surveillance tool of this sort can be used for many applications which include crowd/riot control, crime scene investigations, monitoring hostile environments and even the monitoring of nature within urban environments.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Conference details: NZ Rapid Product Development Conference 2011, held at Auckland University of Technology in February 2011.
Keywords (uncontrolled): Surveillance, robots, pole climbing, magnetic, wheel.
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 7119
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Depositing User: Dr Stephen Prior
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2011 10:35
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 00:54

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