Providing superior intelligence for maximum value and an optimal clean
Neo’s precise robotics are driven by Avidbots Autonomy, the next generation of robot intelligence. Our autonomy solution is a leading edge combination of artificial intelligence, computer vision and deep learning. These smarts help robots safely manage situations and keep them moving to ensure the highest possible productivity. Avidbots Autonomy focuses on understanding its operating environment, taking actions to maximize productivity and minimize human intervention.
Advanced Autonomy Skills
With Advanced Autonomy Skills, Neo delivers additional value-added capabilities designed for the unique requirements of your industry.
Discover how Home Base enables Neo to start at a designated location, drive itself to the cleaning area and return automatically to the start location when finished.
Note: Start location subject to review by Avidbots.
The majority of semi-autonomous robots would jitter to a stop before sending out SMS alert-after-alert to your team who then needs to rescue the self-driving scrubber. This isn’t the case with Neo.
When Neo is deployed in a new facility, the entire space is mapped and a fully-customizable cleaning plan is generated. From that point forward, using the onboard suite of sensors, at the start of each cleaning session Avidbots Autonomy compares what the space looks like this time to the original cleaning plan. The system then determines the best path to maximize cleaning productivity and coverage. Essentially, Neo knows the room and then determines the best route in real-time.
Avidbots’ advanced localization algorithms, engineered on the experience of hundreds of thousands of operating hours, allow continuous operation in even the most dynamic and challenging environments where off-the-shelf SLAM (simultaneously localization and mapping) algorithms used by many robots fail. Avidbots’ proprietary algorithms result in fewer stoppages and more consistent cleaning. By interpreting long-range lidar sensor data and taking advantage of large and detailed cleaning maps, Avidbots Autonomy provides location level awareness to Neo—Neo understands its location relative to items in its immediate vicinity as well as in a wider context.
Using a variety of sensors, Avidbots Autonomy consistently evaluates the data being collected to ensure Neo can avoid anyone or anything and stop when unexpected obstacles appear. Neo handles navigating dynamic environments with ease and is the best in keeping the operational environment safe.
An industry-leading suite of lidar (light detection and ranging) and 3D sensors provide Avidbots Autonomy with a constant stream of information and data that is analyzed to make informed decisions on a continuous basis.
Absolutely! Neo is equipped with a sophisticated array of sensors that allow the robot to identify anyone or anything in its path and safely navigate around your facility.
In autonomous cleaning mode, Neo powered by Avidbots Autonomy will identify obstacles in its path and, if possible, navigate around obstacles that are up to 5 meters away. If an obstacle is too large to navigate around or moves within 2 meters of the front of the robot, Neo will slow to a halt and plan a new path around the object. When the path is clear (whether due to the obstruction moving or a new path being generated), Neo will resume operation automatically.
Cleaning robots can typically be grouped into two categories, semi-autonomous or fully autonomous.
Semi-autonomous robots often rely on the teach-and-repeat planning method, only knowing the routes an operator has taught them. This means they are prone to stoppages when environments change (e.g. holiday display set up or seating area moved). Once stuck, the operator has to rescue the floor scrubber and re-teach it to the new environment/layout. This is a time-consuming task that results in non-productive downtime. Imagine having to do this each time the environment changes. This method of operation is less than ideal for commercial spaces as the majority of commercial environments are dynamic. If the robot is getting stuck as items within the environment change/move, the robot will not deliver the value-add it’s supposed to.
Neo is a fully autonomous floor scrubbing robot powered by Avidbots Autonomy. Our proprietary AI software enables Neo to understand its operating environment and take action to maximize cleaning productivity while minimizing human intervention. Avidbots Autonomy means Neo outshines the rest in true autonomous cleaning and sanitization. The platform—leveraging data from a variety of robot sensors—provides situational awareness, enables advanced decision-making capabilities and reliably completes its two key objectives: determining the robot’s position within space and finding the best path for the task at hand. Avidbots Autonomy delivers true autonomy, rarely getting lost, stuck, or needing to be rescued by a local operator.
A combination of leading-edge technology and human expertise combines to ensure the creation of effective and efficient cleaning plans, with safety and productivity as top priorities.
Neo is equipped with an array of sensors, including lidar sensors and 3D cameras. Those sensors, in combination with the Avidbots Autonomy and web services, allow the creation of bespoke cleaning plans for each location during initial deployment.
An operator (supported on-site by Avidbots’ Customer Success Team) places Neo in Learning mode, then drives the robot around a location manually. Neo’s sensor array scans the environment to create an initial floor plan.
That plan is transmitted to Avidbots’ Cleaning Plan team, who checks and analyzes the layout in detail to ensure all fixed obstacles and potential hazards (such as walls, pillars, steps and so on) have been correctly identified as “no-go zones”.
The Cleaning Plan team also works closely with local facility managers to define the optimal cleaning route for each area of your premises.
Over the first few weeks of deployment, the Avidbots Customer Success team reviews cleaning operations and productivity metrics to look for opportunities to further optimize performance.
Absolutely. Neo supports Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G LTE networking which allows us to sync cleaning plan changes to Neo whenever required.
If your floor layout undergoes major changes—for example, maintenance or incorporating seasonal changes—simply contact the Avidbots’ Cleaning Plan team with the details. Requested cleaning plan changes can be created and synced to the robot within 24 hours.
Home Base is a software feature for Neo that enables it to travel to/from its home to the cleaning area autonomously and return to home when the work is done. With Home Base, customers just move Neo† out from its home to the predefined start position* and press go! Neo will travel autonomously to the cleaning area and get to work. The operator will no longer have to manually move Neo to a start position in the cleaning area or go to get Neo once it is done.
*Start location subject to review by Avidbots.
†Limited to Neo 1.7 and 2.0.
Home Base provides pure convenience – one place to start/stop. A requirement for any other cleaning machine involves manually walking it to/from the start and end position for a cleaning run. This can be time-consuming. The Home Base feature will reduce the time spent by your team walking to/from the cleaning location. You can then redeploy your team’s time spent walking to/from the cleaning area to more core business activities. No other cleaning robot on the market can offer this feature!