ANYbotics collaborates with Leica Geosystems

Zurich/Heerbrugg SG – ANYbotics’ autonomous four-legged inspection robot ANYmal now accesses Leica Geosystems’ integrated and three-dimensional scanner detection of the environment. It creates digital twins of the inspected assets more accurately, more quickly, and much more cost-effectively.

The two Swiss companies ANYbotics from Zurich and Leica Geosystems from the St.GallenBodenseeArea are working together, according to a statement on LinkedIn. This cooperation has resulted in an innovation in ANYbotics' ANYmal inspection robot. It consists of the integration of Leica Geosystems' BLK ARC technology into the autonomous four-legged robot ANYmal. This software ecosystem from Leica automates its high-precision 3D environment capture.

ANYbotics, a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich(ETH), informs about this in a message on LinkedIn. In addition, ANYbotics points to a recorded webinar where Product Manager Sten-Ove Tullbeg and UX Design Lead Florent Mennechet explain about the product update.

The ANYmal thus improved provides operators with 3D models on demand. So while the robot performs its autonomous inspection task, accurate digital twins of the inspected asset can be created via the ANYmal user interface. According to ANYbotics, this is done through a single interface and is more accurate, faster, and about seven times more cost-effective than external scanning.

According to ANYbotics, the ANYmal is the world's only legged robot certified for hazardous areas. This makes it suitable for use in the oil, gas and chemical industries. It enables the complete digitization of monitoring processes and thus also unmanned installations. Its locomotion, navigation and inspection expertise is based on artificial intelligence. According to a media release from September 2022, delivery of the ANYMAL X is planned from mid-2023. mm

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