Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Airport Gets Robot Arms

Four of the gates at Denver International Airport are now using robot bridges move passengers on and off the planes.
The passenger bridges made by Dewbridge are smart enough to find the doors of the planes and dock without help from any people. These passenger tunnels are also double-armed to allow opening both front and rear doors of the planes.

The bridges use Energid Technologies' vision system and object recognition technology to find the doors on the planes. The vision system is supposed to work in any kind of weather including rain and snow and to be able to recognize the doors regardless of the color or patterns painted on the plane.

Right now the Autodocker passenger bridges are used on four United Airlines gates but their use may spread. They can eliminate the need for one person at the gate and reduce the turnaround time by up to ten minutes.

They probably can dock more accurately than humans too.

Dewbridge Deploys Energid Robotic Vision Technology for AutoDocker(TM) Jet Bridges at Denver Airport


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