InOrbit Inc., a cloud-based robot operations (RobOps) platform, announced the InOrbit platform is fully compatible with robots that implement MassRobotics AMR Interoperability Standard and is helping robotics companies become standard-compliant. The standard allows autonomous vehicles of different types to share information about their robots’ speed, location, direction, health, tasking/availability and other performance characteristics.
InOrbit has joined MassRobotics as a member and has made contributions to the standard, which is available as an open-source project. InOrbit also released open-source components to help other companies become standard-compliant. Support for additional interoperability standards such as VDA-5050, which makes it easier to connect robots to the cloud, is already in the works. Any compliant robot can connect to InOrbit for fleet-wide visibility and management, offering companies deploying robots the ability to orchestrate the work of large numbers of AMRs regardless of robot vendor.
“At InOrbit, our mission is to maximize the potential of every robot through RobOps best practices and technology,” said Florian Pestoni, CEO and co-founder of InOrbit. “Third-party logistics, parcel delivery and warehouse operators need to orchestrate robots performing different tasks, and interoperability across robot vendors is one piece of that puzzle. Now customers can connect any compatible robot to the InOrbit cloud.”
“MassRobotics released this standard to help move the industry to the next level, and we welcome different implementations and uses of the standard that can facilitate successful robotics implementations,” said Joyce Sidopoulos, co-founder and VP of MassRobotics.
Besides making contributions to the MassRobotics AMR Interoperability Standard, InOrbit has implemented the ability to connect robots that support the MassRobotics-AMR-Sender protocol to the InOrbit cloud platform without the need to install any additional software on the robots.
In addition, InOrbit has released an open-source, configuration-based ROS2 package for sending MassRobotics AMR Interop Standard messages to compliant receivers. Robot developers can now make ROS2 robots compatible and connect to any MassRobotics AMR Interop receiver, including but not limited to InOrbit, using publicly available packages and a custom configuration file.
Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., InOrbit is bridging the autonomy gap through a cloud-based robot-agnostic management platform that enables robotics companies and operators to develop, deploy and orchestrate autonomous robots at global scale. InOrbit’s multi-cloud platform provides secure, real-time analytics and data collection, robot performance monitoring (RPM), incident management and remote interventions. Key investors of InOrbit include ANIMO Ventures, Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley, and Kärcher New Venture.
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