Autonomous roving robots may be coming to a sewer near you. Or at least, that’s what RedZone Robotics is hoping will happen and that municipalities will turn to its robots to inspect sewage pipes for corrosion, deformation, and debris in order to prevent leaks that could pose health hazards.
And they are obviously onto something, with the EPA estimating that U.S. investments in wastewater networks will need to increase by over $150 billion over the next two decades to maintain current services. Many of the companies providing these services have pipes one hundred feet underground that have never been inspected.
To make this possible, RedZone offers a few robots, made to fit different pipe sizes. According to the company’s CEO, what they’re doing is a perfect application for robotics as inspecting wastewater pipes is “dirty, dull, and dangerous.”
Redzone’s robots are designed to be dropped into one manhole and find their way to the next one for collection. They carry cameras, laser, lidar, sonar, and hydrogen sulfide gas sensors which can corrode pipes. A combination of data from all these sensors is used to build a model of the pipe’s interior and identify, for example, which pipes have the most corrosion.
From that point on, Redzone’s analytics platform kicks in to provide insights into which pipes have to be replaced and which could be refurbished.
The company says that its inspection robots are cost-effective and even in cases when the cost of the inspection is similar to existing methods — when inspecting larger pipes — the data acquired is much richer. Also, their method is faster than conventional inspections.
From that point on, Redzone's analytics platform kicks in to provide public servants with insights into which pipes have to be replaced and which could be refurbished.
Sewage inspection is something municipalities do from time to time and RedZone Robotics' robots could help make this process faster and more affordable — all while delivering even better results and insights. With their onboard sensors, these robots get to collect more data than a human operator, making sure you get valuable information on what needs to be done to ensure continuous operation of the sewage system. By proposing to obtain services from RedZone, you get to do some good for your city/town — getting better results for less money. And that gotta count for something.
Contact RedZone Robotics and explore the option to bring their services to the municipalities your company does business in. Their robots can collect more data than a human operator, making sure a municipality gets valuable information on what needs to be done to ensure continuous operation of the sewage system. By selling RedZone's services, you get to help your city/town clients do some good for their constituents — getting better results for less money. And that gotta count for something.