Branching out of traditional architecture, we developed movable drone and autonomous mobile robotics deployment modules for Verizon Robotics and their customers to facilitate a wide range of visual surveys, from overhead shots of the Super Bowl to canvasing damage from natural disasters. The modules, named OTTRs, serve as Verizon Robotics' next-generation mobile robotics operations center offering.
OTTRs are code-compliant buildings designed to be moved from site to site wherever they need to be deployed to be close to the action. They are self-contained and can operate either connected to local infrastructure or established off-grid with a generator and onboard water and sewage. They are designed to comply with the international building code, including hurricane and seismic zones, making them exceedingly durable. With rigid steel frames, non-combustible corrugated galvalume cladding, and impact-resistant glazing, the OTTRs can be safely and legally used in the most demanding terrains. The OTTRs contain the technology to conduct complex technical drone and autonomous mobile robotics operations, such as finding infrastructure breaches, at-risk populations, and utility disruptions caused by environmental disasters, so that aid resources can be allocated precisely. They can also coordinate multiple drones or autonomous mobile robots to cover sporting and concert events from different vantages.
OTTRs also serve as operational headquarters with a comfortable and generous conference room with a pantry and onboard restroom so that operational staff, officials, and executives can make decisions on-site with the comforts of a modern office building. Multiple monitors and projection screens feed the visual information to clients, while the large areas of glazing connect them to the actual site.
OTTRs are designed to prioritize flexibility and can be reconfigured to adapt to a wide range of missions. The modules' steel frame is exposed on the interior for functionality: local building inspectors can view it to pass local code review, and operations teams can use the frame to hang screens, boards, furniture, or anything else they need to conduct operations. The modules have open-frame wiring to accommodate convenient reconfiguration of the onboard electronics and are in the process of incorporating smart building sensors to monitor and control many of the building functions remotely. The OTTR is a flexible tool available for Verizon Robotics customer's toolbelts because it extends the reach and mobility of their operations and supports dynamic problem solving when unforeseen events or remote operations call for immediate action.