SEQSENSE Co., Ltd. Formulating and demonstrating specifications for elevator interlocking platforms regardless of elevator or robot manufacturers

Formulating and demonstrating specifications for an elevator interlocking platform regardless of elevator or robot manufacturer ―Toward the realization of a future where robots can move freely on floors―
SEQSENSE Co., Ltd. (Representative Director: Soichiro Nakamura, hereinafter referred to as “SEQSENSE”) has been working with elevator manufacturers and robot manufacturers to solve the problem of narrowing the range of movement within facilities due to the inability of service robots to move between floors. We have developed
specifications for an elevator interlocking platform that can be used without We also developed equipment and a cloud system based on these specifications and conducted demonstration experiments. In
experiments, we have demonstrated that elevators from multiple manufacturers and robots from multiple manufacturers can be used to move floors using elevators.
The specifications developed this time consist of specifications for no-voltage contact signals that communicate with the elevator control panel, specifications for cloud APIs for communicating with robots, and the requirements required for robots to use this platform. I’m here.
Realization of a system based on this specification is expected to reduce the cost of creating an environment in which robots can get on and off elevators in buildings, and save robot manufacturers the trouble of developing systems for interlocking each elevator manufacturer and each building. .

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Background of specification formulation
Elevator manufacturers rarely prepare interlocking systems for elevators and robots themselves, and in most cases, robot
manufacturers develop and introduce interlocking systems on their own. For this reason, in the past, elevator manufacturers and robot manufacturers had to make renovations each time they collaborated in individual buildings. As a result, both the elevator manufacturer and the robot manufacturer had to develop and modify a lot in the process until the service robot could get on and off the elevator. As a result, this has been a barrier to the introduction of service robots in facilities where vertical movement is required.
In response to these issues, SEQSENSE believes that it is desirable to provide an interlocking system that can be used by both elevator and robot manufacturers in order to promote the development of service robots as a whole. We have developed common specifications.
Features of the established specifications
This specification unifies the connection and communication methods for multiple control panels and interlocking devices that connect elevators and robots. In addition to defining APIs that general service robots can use for the cloud system that robots that use elevators connect to, we have also clarified the functions that service robots that can use elevators should have.
【Concrete example】
・Unify the communication method with the elevator control panel with contact signals
・Unify the control method using contact signals among elevator manufacturers ・Unify the elevator arrangement and the flow of robot getting on and off when the robot gets on and off the elevator
By thoroughly standardizing the specifications, if a system based on this specification is adopted, not only the system provider, but also the elevator manufacturer that cooperates in the renovation and the robot manufacturer that will be introduced will be able to link the elevators in the facility. There are the following merits that individual development and repair required for each project are unnecessary or reduced.
[Main benefits of using common specifications]
・For control panel repairs requested from elevator manufacturers, all you have to do is instruct the contact signal interlocking
specifications based on the common specifications.
・Service providers only need to manufacture and supply one model of contact interlocking device based on a single specification. ・Robot manufacturers only need to develop once to support interlocking APIs common to major elevator manufacturers.
・Facility owners can use a single interlocking service even if they have elevators from multiple manufacturers.
Efforts toward commercialization
This service will be provided by a new service provider through an alliance with a system development vendor so that it can be widely used not only by SEQSENSE but also by other robot manufacturers, and can also be adopted in building facilities where SEQSENSE’s security robots have not been installed. We plan to provide it.

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With the mission of “not changing the world”, we are manufacturing and developing robots as a solution to the worsening labor shortage. From software, hardware, cloud systems, service design to consulting services related to introduction, we are consistently doing it in-house, and currently we are developing services nationwide, mainly security robots.
Introductory video of the autonomous mobile security robot “SQ-2” URL:
◆ Overview of SEQSENSE Co., Ltd.
Location: 2-2-3 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Founded: October 3, 2016
Representative: Soichiro Nakamura
Business: Development of autonomous mobile robots and related products Details about this release:

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