EIT Digital has announced the launch of ‘Robot IoT Interface’, a new activity with the goal of enabling different kinds of robots and machines to connect to different cloud platforms.
The activity was developed with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and Poitiers-based startup Agileo Automation.
Agileo’s managing director Marc Engel said: “Robots and machines may produce data in a standard or non-standard format according to their internal controller. The devised solution is a generic gateway that can receive the produced data, translate it into an OPC-UA model and then make it available in an IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) platform located in the cloud.”
CEA’s research engineer Selma Azaiez added: “The global problem that we want to address with Agileo is the interoperability within the factory of the future by investigating the different infrastructures allowing machines to machines as well as machines to clouds connection.”
The product will be ready for market launch by the end of 2017. Once the gateway has been created, other SMEs will be able to benefit from this solution by accessing the Robotic Innovation Facilities (RIF) areas of a network of European Innovation Centers that are set to be created by EIT Digital.
Azaiez said: “They [SMEs] simply have to apply for the technology and the RIF staff will help them to adopt the technology to their needs.”