Interview with Leif Ahlman, co-owner
What are Global Operating Drones business areas?
We are developing service robots, both standard and custom-made. Service robots are all types of robots that are not industrial robots. They can be used for work in harch environment, elderly care, tourism and agriculture et. c. These are new areas of applications than we may have imagined earlier.
Which markets are you targeting?
We are, primarily, focusing on two areas; agriculture and telepresence robots.
For agricultural purposes we can complement existing machines and make the production less vulnerable, and at the same time increase efficiency. The production will be less vulnerable by using swarms of robots, where the importance of the single robot decreases. If problems occur with one robot, it can be taken out of duty. Meanwhile, the other robots will take over its task. A lower weight of the robots creates a lower ground pressure, which in turn achieves higher returns. This could make agriculture more profitable and the technique could attract younger people to agriculture.
Telepresence robots can be used as a compliment for elderly care. The robots can perform check-ups on the patient and help with simpler tasks. They can also be used in accidents where objects need to be manipulated without having staff on-site. In these cases, only the robot is put at risk, not any human beings.
Telepresence robots can also be used for job meetings in order to cut the environmental footprint caused by travelling. They can also be a solution for student who, by various reasons, may not be able to attend educations on-site.
What are the advantages with G.O.D.S compared with competitors?
We have developed service robots for over 10 years, which has provided us with experience and taught us how to avoid pitfalls. We are free-thinking, and are thinking outside the box to find solutions from new angles. The development of service robots has been both fast and slow. Pricing and the technological development of sensors is going in the right direction, but there are still very few robust service robots operating in the field. G.O.D.S wants to change this with their robust easy to use robots.
Stjernberg Automation has bought up G.O.D.S. How will you co-operate?
G.O.D.S will have access to additional resources, which can improve our development. The development will be much easier with the support of a larger company. We can use the expertise of Stjernberg Automation for our service robots and vice versa. We will get a greater exchange this way. We can use their knowledge while developing our standardized service robots, which leaves a higher level of service.