Marsupial robots for law enforcement
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Marsupial robots are a type of heterogeneous mobile robot team. A mother robot transports, supports, and recovers one or more daughter robots. This paper will cover the marsupial robot concept, the application to law enforcement, and recent results in collaborative teleoperation for the related task of urban search and rescue. The marsupial concept offers many advantages for law enforcement over a team of identical, or homogeneous, robots. It allows for rapid deployment of micro-rovers, and remote placement of unattended sensors. Delicate rovers or sensors can be protected during transport by the mother. The mother can support the fielded robots, including serving as a communications relay, proxy processing, re-charging station and as a local chemical sample processing and analysis station. The mother can also provide an external viewpoint of the daughter robots during teleoperation, speeding up the time it takes to place robots in precise or delicate situations while reducing errors.
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