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EU-RESPOND was presented for the EDA EURIdea consisting of the use of robots for CBRNE and IED neutralisation events.
Presentation by Marco Manso - RINICOM at the 6th December 2013 in Athens, Greece.

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  1. 1. EU-RESPOND European Unmanned Robotic Systems Responding to CBRNE Defence Incidents EU-RESPOND will study and experiment new ways of operations considering the use of robots in responding to CBRNE and IED neutralisation events. The Problem: response involves deploying personnel (wearing PPE) to the "hot zone” thus exposing them to high risks to health and safety The Opportunity: developments in robotics, sensors, automation / artificial intelligence, miniaturisation, computing power, memory-storage, communications, energy-efficiency, etc – robotic systems can replace humans in particular military tasks. Keep humans in safe zones ! Example of personnel Example of personnel involved in CCor BB involved in or response. Necessary response. Necessary PPE is uncomfortable PPE is uncomfortable and does not and does not eliminate all risks eliminate all risks UCL innovative UCL innovative biological Light biological Light Fieldable Laboratory Fieldable Laboratory (LFL) for (LFL) for Emergencies. Using Emergencies. Using Robots would be aa Robots would be major step forward. major step forward.
  2. 2. EU-RESPOND ASTRIUM: role of indoorEuropean Unmanned Roboticof indoorASTRIUM: role Systems outdoor observation and Responding to CBRNEoutdoor observation and Defence Incidents The Proposal: Study the method and doctrine of using a URS collective to respond to a CBRNE and IED events – which missions and to what extent? Address: - existing/required URS capabilities - special needs (e.g., decontamination) / technology limitations CATEC SARA CATEC SARA - communications/networking/positioning requirements System: role of System: role of - supervisory/collaborative role of Human operators aerial URS aerial URS - cooperation strategies between URS (homogeneous / hetereogeneous) - organisational impact: personnel, logistics, environment, … - potential dual use (incl. synergies with EC security research) PIAP Ground PIAP Ground - standardisation USR: USR: - multi-mission: e.g., Search and Rescue, localisation of victims - -characteristics, characteristics, Challenges: CBRNE/IED are Dangerous, Dirty but not Dull. subsystems, level subsystems, level It is a complex/unstructured environment. of autonomy, ... of autonomy, ... Possible Project Stages: - -Standardisation Standardisation Phase 1: Phase 1: Study Study URS Demo URS Demo Phase 2: Phase 2: Prototype Prototype USR Demo USR Demo Phase 3: Phase 3: Operational Operational Demonstrations Demonstrations positioning & support positioning & support (communications, energy (communications, energy transfer, S&R...) transfer, S&R...) RINICOM: communications requirements
  3. 3. EU-RESPOND Military Exploitation: Better understanding of the role of USRs in military operations (CBRNE and IED neutralisation missions) and its dual-use potential. The scope of the study is broad and includes the possible doctrines of use, benefits and introduction of new capabilities in CONOPS (to be addressed), equipment (sensors, actuators and communications) and standards. Exploitation by European future defence capabilities: •Assisting in the transformation of military forces towards more professional and smaller (workload taken by robots); •Increasing personnel safety by deploying robots instead of humans (also dealing with an increasing media/public pressure and scrutiny); •Increasing mission effectiveness (by obtaining higher levels of reach and deployability thanks to robots); •Bring innovation to European Defence (by the operational use of advanced robotics systems). •Benefit when possible from synergies with EC R&T projects Link to CapTech: IAP4 (CIS & Networks) and ESM2 (Aerial Platforms) European Unmanned Robotic Systems Responding to CBRNE Defence Incidents The Consortium: ASTRIUM is a French industry that is world leader in the design and manufacture of satellite systems. ASTRIUM has accumulated an experience of more than 25 years covering all domains of autonomous systems: observation (space, ground and in-door), telecommunication, robotics and navigation FADA-CATEC is a Spanish RTO dedicated to R&D in aerospace related technologies supporting industries in coordination with universities and other research centres. Its staff has been working in numerous UAV-related research on aerial-ground integration and multi-robot collaboration PIAP is a Polish public research institute with a interdisciplinary experience in the realisation of unique solutions in the field of robotics, security, and defence technologies. It is a manufacturer of mobile robots for military and counter-terrorist and purposes RINICOM is a UK SME manufacturer of bespoke wireless broadband solutions for Security and Defence markets. Brings know-how on communications, advanced networking technologies and surveillance system for autonomous systems Université catholique de Louvain - Center for Applied Molecular Technologies is a technological platform in charge of Biological Threats issues. UCL-CTMA develops its CBRNE expertise through the synergy between the academic and the BE-Defence laboratories facilities, taking advantage of in-house existing and emerging technologies, multidisciplinarity as well as academic and military networking POC: Marco Manso – RINICOM Ltd. (