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Texas A&M System Assesses Gas-Sensing Robots

The entities tested Squishy Robotics sensors in multiple operationally realistic environments.

At first glance, it looks like a toy or a classroom model of a chemical element.

However, this colorful little device holds much more than that inside. It is actually a high-tech device made by Squishy Robotics, and its sensors can detect dangerous gases and send reports and camera footage to a command post a quarter of a mile away.

The devices can be thrown or dropped from unmanned aerial systems into danger zones, minimizing human risk and exposure to hazards. The robots are semi-disposable; they can be reused, but they need decontamination if they come into contact with dangerous gases.

When Squishy wanted to test its data communication systems, the Texas A&M University System brought together its various entities:
They wanted to ensure critical information about environmental hazards could be sent from the robot to a safe zone at least a quarter of a mile away, where emergency managers would monitor the situation.

They tested these systems in multiple operationally realistic environments: on a refinery prop, storage tanks and a train derailment prop at TEEX’s Brayton Fire Training Field and Disaster City and in the BCDC’s subterranean tunnel complex at Texas A&M-RELLIS.

TT&IC offers developmental assessments and TEEX Tested assessments to test public safety products and solutions in operationally realistic environments. They will continue collaborating with A&M System entities to test and improve new technology for public safety and first responders.

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