9th November 2021
Robotiz3d recently won an award from Horizon Europe’s RIMA (Robotics Inspection and Maintenance Activities) initiative. The RIMA funding grant will provide the opportunity for Robotiz3d to collaborate with Danish AI company, Desupervised, to bring its proof of concept to completion.
The UK, Danish Consortium, called CAARMS, will also benefit from RIMA’s free technical support and testing facilities from EU research institutions and universities over a 14-month period.
This is a crucial step forward in our development of the world’s first automated pothole detection and maintenance system. Artificial intelligence is the technology backbone of our solution; this award will help us accelerate progress of our road defect detection system which uses dedicated sensors that can automatically identify, localise, and characterise road defects, classify them into severity levels, and predict their evolution.
Through the award, Robotiz3d joins one of 31 collaborative experiments benefiting from an €8.1M European Commission fund. These Robotics Innovation Experiments will develop, test, and validate the technical and economic viability of a robotics-based representative model or prototype, and commercialisation support.
Robotiz3d also recently secured SMART grant award from Innovate UK. Dr Sebastiano Fichera, Technical Director at Robotiz3d, said: “Both these grant awards provide critical funding to support delivery of two of our major modules, plus the external support and expertise we need as part of our innovation strategy. The RIMA selection process is highly competitive across the EU and this win speaks volumes about Robotiz3d’s innovation capability of the team.”
The RIMA network consists of 13 European Digital Innovation Hubs with a vast combined experience in the field of robotics. The consortium is made up of Universities, Industry associations and research institutes and receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.