VersaLogic ActivMedia Robotics Patrols Embedded Systems Conference

9/15/2003 - VersaLogic will demonstrate the new ActivMedia Robotics PatrolBot at booth 720 at the Embedded Systems Conference, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA September 16-17. PatrolBot is the first fully autonomous robotic surveillance and monitoring system available off-the shelf. ActivMedia PatrolBot's intelligence resides inside its VersaLogic VSBC-8 embedded PC.

"We chose VersaLogic motherboards because they are so robust and reliable, and because VersaLogic stays on top of the ever-advancing technologies in the computer market," said Matt Vestal, lead systems engineer at ActivMedia. "They have shown great concern for us a customer. They are very responsive when it comes to support in embedding their products into our platforms, and they listen to our feedback on things that we would like to see integrated into future designs."

Concerns about security are leading laboratories, defense fabrication plants, data centers and other sensitive areas to remove human guards from the premises. Installing thousands of cameras to provide comprehensive surveillance can be costly in a large facility crowded with equipment. In such locations, mobile PatrolBots with embedded intelligence from VersaLogic augment and back up fixed systems. PatrolBots are also used to carry: a) sensors too expensive to install in large quantities, b) sensors that would get in the way if permanently installed and c) new monitoring equipment needed on short notice.

PatrolBot can travel to any destination in a known building, circumventing obstacles in its path and even finding an alternative route if a hallway is blocked. PatrolBot may make rounds of a building, heading to each destination on its chore list. When it reaches a goal, it may pan and zoom a camera image to a particular view, so that the guard watching can check a gauge or inspect an equipment surface. Both robot base and camera are programmable through PatrolBot control software.

People watching and listening to the PC's linked wirelessly to PatrolBots may intercede to manually drive the robot and camera at any time. Or PatrolBot may be integrated to respond to existing alarm systems and other security devices automatically. These systems feed their commands to PatrolBot's embedded computer, which also handles processing for cameras, sound and networking via wireless Ethernet.

The secret of PatrolBot is its ActivMedia Robotics Control System (ARCS) that lets the robot create a map of its assigned spaces and know where it is at all times. Unlike other robots that are remote controlled or that follow pre-determined paths, ARCS robots can go anywhere within their assigned territories, even if some corridors are blocked. PatrolBots are compatible with ActivMedia Robotics own Interface for Applications (ARIA) and ActivMedia Robotics Navigation and Localization (ARNL) software.

ActivMedia Robotics' PatrolBot includes a robot controlled by a VSBC-8 embedded computer from VersaLogic. This Pentium III EBX-compliant single board computer, was designed for high-end embedded applications. Additional PatrolBot features include laser, sonar, twin shaft encoders, gyroscopic correction system and bump sensors.

Pricing & Shipping
PatrolBot is available worldwide, Prices for ActivMedia Robotics PatrolBot system start at $29,995 including software. Dock/charge station and installation are additional. Various camera systems are available, as well as other sensors and defense sprays. Custom design, integration and programming services are available. For more information contact:

About ActivMedia Robotics, LLC
ActivMedia Robotics, LLC, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of intelligent mobile robots, sensing systems and robotics development platforms. Leading international organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Intel, Honda, Ford, Pfizer, NASA, Siemens, Sprint, US Army and the US Navy have chosen ActivMedia products. To learn more about the company and its technology, please visit The R&D, production, development and business offices of ActivMedia Robotics, LLC are headquartered in Amherst, NH.

About VersaLogic Corporation
A leading supplier of industrial computers since 1976, VersaLogic focuses on high-quality board-level products for embedded OEM applications. Product lines include PC/104, PC/104-Plus, EBX, and STD 32 Bus. Their 5-year product availability guarantee and outstanding warranties demonstrate a commitment to service. Industry-wide surveys recently rated the company a "Platinum" level embedded board vendor (2002 and 2003 VDC studies). For more information, visit the web site at

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