and we’re ready to scale
By Q1 of 2020, just 3 years after their launch, Burro had already successfully prototyped, tested, refined, and readied their product for deployment. Anyone in the field of robotics knows that this is already a standalone achievement. However, before their product could be deployed at scale, the Burro team needed to establish 3 essential capabilities:
Easy, real-time monitoring
Burro needed to monitor their robots in the field — rural farms. Seeing what their robots were doing was critical, so getting video and images were a priority, but also metrics like nav state, battery charge, CPU temperature, distance traveled, GPS and more. They also knew that they needed to be able to add and subtract metrics easily — they were just getting started. Flexibility would allow them to iterate their way to fleet omniscience.
Simple-to-sophisticated support tools
Whether it was from their regional office in California, from their headquarters in Philadelphia, or from a van parked at a farm, remotely supporting robots was key to ensuring profitability. Remote support started with event tracking but also included the ability to issue commands, teleoperate, SSH, upload and review rosbags, and more.
Simple ways to share data
The ability to easily demonstrate value and results to clients was important. Farmers were excited to experience the innovation — they wanted to “ride along” with the robots in the field. The team envisioned lightweight ways to share real-time dashboards with anyone.