CTC is working on a robotic system to automate the collection of information for accessibility audits

The CTC Technology Centre is developing a robotic system to support the collection of information for accessibility audits. The project, which CTC has named DALCOBot, aims to automate the geometric measurements taking and graphic material collection tasks to analyse the environment where the audit is being carried out.

Buildings in Spain must comply with a set of regulations and criteria in terms of universal accessibility that guarantee that any user can carry out activities without any barrier preventing them from doing so or making it difficult for them to do so. Therefore, accessibility audits are carried out to verify compliance with these criteria and analyse possible environmental deficiencies.

During these audits, staff take measurements of the elements and collect graphic material from the installations manually for further analysis. In this sense, the DALCOBot project proposes the automation of these data and information collection tasks. The initiative is based on a mobile, sensorised, autonomous robotic platform with the ability to move around the environment safely while collecting the necessary graphic material.

Through this project, CTC aims to reduce time and costs during the audit process. Furthermore, the proposed system also aims to increase graphical documentation, so subsequent analyses are complete and more accurate.

GreenPatrol’s robot

Through this project, CTC aims to reduce time and costs during the audit process. Furthermore, the proposed system also aims to increase graphical documentation, so subsequent analyses are complete and more accurate.

The main novelty of the proposed solution is the exploitation of the combined capabilities of autonomous mobility, measurement of the environment through sensors such as LiDAR and applying Artificial Intelligence to cameras to recognise graphic signals. In addition, for CTC, it means continuing to develop its expertise in the area of Navigation and Robotics, from which significant robotic solutions such as GreenPatrol have already been developed.

DALCOBot is linked to the Digital Transformation and Social and Territorial Cohesion axes of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, which is responsible for channelling European Funds (NextGen EU) for economic recovery. In addition, the initiative has been funded within the call for R&D projects in the ICT 2020 sector, promoted by SODERCAN.