FLOBOT – Floor washing robot for professional users
FLOBOT is developing and validating a professional, robotic scrubber-dryer (floor washer with brushes and suction to dry the floor) for large areas Supermarkets, as well as other industrial, commercial and public use premises, such as airports, trade fairs and hospitals, have huge floor surfaces that must be cleaned daily or even several times during the day. Cleaning those surfaces is time demanding and requires human effort, in terms of repetitive actions. Currently, there exists no robot that satisfies the requirements of the professional users and cleaning service providers. FLOBOT addresses these problems by integrating existing and new results to produce a professional, robotic scrubber-dryer (floor washer with brushes and suction to dry the floor) for large areas. The system consists of a mobile robotic platform (the floor washing robot) and a docking station for automatically refilling the robot’s water tank, emptying the dirty water tank and recharging the battery. FLOBOT uses advanced software modules for navigation and mapping, human tracking for safety, floor cleanliness level estimation, mission programming and connection to the logistics management system of the end-users.
CyRIC is the project Coordinator, responsible for the overall project management and the communication with the EC. CyRIC is also developing the robot’s Proactive Safety Module, as well as the module responsible for exchanging data between the robot and the end-users’ ERP systems. The Proactive Safety Module is used to warn people nearby about the robot’s next movements.