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Challenge ARGOS, VIKINGS, the IRSEEM team registers yet another victory
The French team won the second stage of the international robotics competition, Challenge ARGOS, organised by Total with the support of ANR, the National Research Agency.
VIKINGS, the project of the ESIGELEC-IRSEEM and PME Sominex team at Challenge ARGOS, moved one step closer to it’s goal by producing the best results in the tests conducted through the week at Lacq, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region. This second victory follows the first one in June 2015.
New skills needed to be demonstrated by the competing robots at this stage of the contest: the capacity to detect abnormal noises, to climb and descend stairs, to avoid obstacles intuitively, to move to safety when an alarm went off and to connect automatically to a charging point. The VIKINGS robot did not run into too many problems during the tests, including the actual run on Thursday: fire alarm, Wi Fi connectivity issues and water leakage simulation.
« The mechanical components of the robot, designed and built by SOMINEX are reliable efficient and robust. The embedded systems, the software and the integrated sensors designed by IRSEEM performed well too », explained Xavier Savatier, coordinator of team VIKINGS.
The third and final competition awaits the teams in the running. This last round will take place in March 2017 and *** the grand winner of Challenge ARGOS. In this final stage robots will have to be even more autonomous, their systems will have to comply with ATEX norms, a mandatory requirement for such machines to function in oil and natural gas rigs. The team is already hard at work to give it’s best in the home stretch.
Contact : Xavier Savatier, Head, Instrumentation and Information Systems, firstname.lastname@example.org
*About Challenge ARGOS : Organised by Total in association with ANR, the international robotics competition, Challenge ARGOS, brings together teams from Japan, Austria/Germany, Spain/Portugal, Switzerland and France in a competition to design the robot of the future, capable of conducting inspections in Total’s industrial sites in extreme conditions autonomously.
Photo credit : Benjamin Valette