Standardization In 2020 a Tipping Point for Large-Scale Robotics Deployment

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By Rian Whitton | 1Q 2020 | IN-5718


The Need for sUAS Regulation


Despite feverish activity and considerable hype, most sections of the robotics space are in the embryonic stage of market development, and a key way to accelerate deployment is to develop effective standardization. The year 2020 will see a rollout of new standards for three nascent fields: drones, Industrial Mobile Robots (IMRs), and cobots.

The year 2019 closed off with the announcement of the first International Organization for Standardization (ISO)-approved drone safety standards (ISO/TC 20/SC 16) in December 2019. This means that in 2020 the set-up of a safety management system will be a major regulatory topic. It also means that the foundation for future rulemaking, standardizing, and legislating of drone operations has now been laid.

A key attribute of the ISO/TC 20/SC 16 is its focus on air safety, which is at the forefront of public attention in connection with airports and other sensitive locations. The new Standard promotes an ...

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