GeoNumerics selected to join the Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance (RIMA) EU programme

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GeoNumerics’ patented mapKITE technology will be the cornerstone of the project MAP4CAT, an application of mapKITE for robotic road mapping in Catalonia. The project is led by GeoNumerics in partnership with Octocam-maps, a drone operator for professional applications.

Castelldefels, 14 September 2020. GeoNumerics is one of the nineteen selected beneficiaries to join the Robotics for Inspection and Management Accelerator Programme (RIMA). Out of 385 initial applications, 114 submitted and eligible, and 51 shortlisted, 19 proposals were finally selected --13 of them for the Technology Demonstrators Programme and 6 for the Technology Transfer Experiments Programme, MAP4CAT being among the latter group.

In December 2019, GeoNumerics responded to the first RIMA open call with the MAP4CAT proposal. Today, MAP4CAT is a project, a six-month technology demonstrator of GeoNumerics' patented tandem aerial-terrestrial mobile mapping technology mapKITE. The demonstration exercises will take place in Catalan roads.

Thus, starting end of August, GeoNumerics is the leader of the MAP4CAT project, together with Octocam-maps, a drone service provider company. As said, MAP4CAT is based on the mapping technology mapKITE. MapKITE brings together two recent mapping revolutions (aerial robots and mobile mapping systems) in an innovative operational scheme: a mapping drone autonomously following a mapping car to deliver simultaneous air/ground 3D geo-data of corridors (roads, railways, waterways...) In this novel concept, the highest (surveying) costs inherent to corridor mapping are lowered by leveraging computer vision, trajectography and kinematic geodetic techniques. In mapKITE, an enhanced follow-me software virtually tethers the aerial mapping robot from the land mapping vehicle in a mission-efficient way. Market-wise, MAP4CAT mitigates the current bottleneck connecting high-potential technology to the 3D mapping market by gathering a drone services operator, technology supplier and an end-user (local road authority support) through a technology demonstrator validating its technical/economic viability in the target user domain of “road, rail & infrastructure connected with cities.”

MAP4CAT will open the door to interesting collaborations. From one side, GeoNumerics and Octocam-maps will repeat their collaboration in the past HYCOS project to set a new prototype of a mapKITE tandem. On the other side, the drone payload will be based on one of new camera/LiDAR integrated systems from the Spanish company AEROLASER. And finally, the application-tailored and close-to-reality approach of MAP4CAT is ensured thanks to the collaboration of the Barcelona’s Road Service of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

GeoNumerics is a research and development (R&D) intensive small-and-medium-enterprise (SME) company specialised in geomatics and accurate navigation.

Octocam-maps is a branch of Octocam-vision devoted to aerial surveying work based in drone technology.   Octocam-maps and GeoNumerics already partnered in the application of mapKITE to coastal dune monitoring in the HYCOS project.

RIMA (Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance Acceleration Programme) is a 4-year project aiming at narrowing the gap between available robotics technology and its application by establishing a network of 13 digital innovation hubs (DIHs) and industry associations to support the uptake of robotics –and help SMEs to develop novel solutions for different industry sectors. RIMA is funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest European Union (EU) research and innovation programme ever with nearly 80 B€ of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It couples research and innovation with emphasis on excellent science and industrial leadership, and tackles the EU societal challenges. H2020 goal is to ensure that Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Acronym: MAP4CAT
Title: Tandem car/drone for road 3D mapping in the Catalan region.
Period: 2020-08-24 to 2021-01-23
Funding: European Commission (EC) grant 824990, Horizon 2020 (H2020) H2020-DT-2018-2020/H2020-DT-2018-1, RIMA 1st Open Call (2019 Edition)
Coordinator: GeoNumerics (ES)
Other participants: Octocamvision S.L. (ES)
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The project MAP4CAT has received funding from the European Community's Horizon 2020 Programme under Grant Agreement 824990. MAP4CAT is a supported project of the RIMA project (grant agreement No 824990).