Recent trends show how mobile robots are being widely used in security and inspection tasks. This chapter reports the requirements, characteristics, and development of mobile robotic systems for security and inspection tasks to demonstrate the feasibility of mechatronic solutions for inspection of sites of interest. The development of such systems can be exploited as a modular plug-in kit to be installed on a mobile system, with the aim to be used for inspection and monitoring, introducing high efficiency, quality, and repeatability in the addressed sector. The interoperability of sensors with wireless communication constitutes a smart sensor toolkit and a smart sensor network with powerful functions to be used efficiently for inspection purposes. A tele-operated robot will be taken as case of study; it is controlled by mobile phone and equipped with internal and external sensors, which are efficiently managed by the designed mechatronic control scheme.
Part of the book: Emerging Trends in Mechatronics