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GCN : June 2014
GCN JUNE 2014 • GCN.COM 21 2013 when it awarded a $2 million grant to a group of researchers at Carnegie Mel- lon University to develop an aerial robot designed specifically for infrastructure monitoring. The team is working to de- velop small aerial robots that carry 3D imaging and mapping equipment to eval- uate the health of bridges, buildings and other infrastructure. NETWORKING and STORAGE EFFICIENCY Best P actices ONLINE REPORT SPONSORED BY: Research Report Agencies invest in infrastructure upgrades Network complexity poses performance challenge Virtualization looms large in network planning Storage managers face big jump in data storage Storage planning to mix new and old solutions Agencies invest in infrastru Topics Include to learn more, visit: GCN.com/NetworkingandStorage Robots used primarily for passive moni- toring and measuring are not "smart," ac- cording to Joey Hartman, director of the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Bridges and Structures. That is, they don't interrogate data or make decisions based on the data they gather. Nevertheless, a new breed of robots is emerging that can reach out and manipu- late its environment in routines so precise and synchronized that a form of electronic intelligence seems to be at work. Such ro- bots, which have been used for years to assemble automobiles, have only recently been showing up in the public sector. The two tasks for which they have been de- ployed to a significant extent are surgery Robots deploy with surgical precision The da Vinci system is currently used for more than a dozen procedures and has been in regular use at several Veterans Administration facilities. DA VINCI