New fire-fighting robot aims for better working environment, safer efforts

The Swedish Realisator Robotics, together with Scanfil and in close collaboration with the major Swedish rescue services for rescue services worldwide, has developed a fire-fighting robot Fumo. Scanfil’s Åtvidaberg plant was responsible for the industrialization of the fire-fighting robot Fumo in Sweden.

Fumo is a remote-controlled multi-functional search and support robot that aims to contribute to a better working environment for the firefighters and safer undertakings. The fire-fighting robot consists of a ground module (the robot), a control console, and a base unit for image transfer. On the ground module, different applications can be easily mounted for different rescue operations.

New fire-fighting robot aims for better working environment, safer efforts.
Fumo is a remote-controlled multi-functional search and support robot. Credit: Realisator Robotics

Due to its multifunctionality, Fumo can be used to extinguish fires, for example, in electric cars, search for people or dangerous objects in areas with very limited visibility, indicate gas leakage, pull waterfilled heavy fire hoses, and more, all with the operator positioned at a safe distance.

It can also be used as an assistant to smoke divers and task management in difficult situations. Fumo’s vision system allows you to look in the smoke-filled room where you do not want to enter. Besides, its fiber cable system gives you the opportunity to work at distances where wireless communication is not enough.

There is already some competition in the market for fire-fighting search and support robots, but the market today is still very immature and shows a lot of potentials. Both Scanfil and Realisator Robotics see a lot of potential in this project. There is a global market for these kinds of products which can save human lives and make firefighters dangerous and valuable work slightly easier and less dangerous.

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