MassRobotics’ Push for Interoperability Preempts Major Growth in AMRs

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2Q 2021 | IN-6171


MassRobotics Protocol Represents a Vendor-led Solution to Interoperability


MassRobotics, a Massachusetts-based consortium of robotics vendors and academic groups, formed a working group in 2020 focused on building a framework of interoperability between different robotic systems. This group, comprised of Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) vendors, engineers, and AMR end-user companies, recently published a consortium-built standard to guide robotic automation interoperability and take a step toward this future. Members of the MassRobotics AMR Interoperability Working Group and contributors to publication of the standards include Vecna Robotics, 6 River Systems, Waypoint Robotics, Locus Robotics, Seegrid, MiR, AutoGuide Mobile Robots, Third Wave Automation, and Open Source Robotics Foundation, all of which are major players in the industry.

It was argued that AMR systems operating fleets may not need to share availability and capability of each robot outside of their network, but at a high level, there needs to be an understanding between the AMRs and potentially a way of communicating keep out areas and safe zones …

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