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Use InRobot

Early adopter

The features described in this section are currently in Beta and are only available to customers via the Early Adopter program. For more information and to sign up, visit the Early Adopter Group on the Cognite Hub.

Access InRobot

To access InRobot and start planning missions and navigating a robot, you must sign in.

To sign in to InRobot:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Enter your company name, and sign in with your company ID and credentials.

Once you've signed in, you get access to the InRobot application and the robot connected to it. With InRobot, you can work with everyday tasks, such as:

  • Operator rounds: An operator navigates the robot, inspects assets, and collects data.
  • Auto-scans: A robot scans the area with a 360-view camera without the operator's navigation.
  • Condition monitoring: A robot performs autonomous condition monitoring of several equipment pieces, collects the data, and sends it to Cognite Data Fusion (CDF).

Basic InRobot functionality

Before you plan missions, you should familiarize yourself with the actions you can perform with the robot. Within the InRobot application, depending on the robot's equipment and capabilities, you can:

Take photos:

  • Pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ): The camera can turn left to right, tilt up and down, and zoom in and out of a scene.
  • 360-degree: The camera can capture every visual angle in the horizontal plane.
  • Pan-tilt-zoom infrared (PTZ IR): The camera can turn left to right, tilt up and down, and zoom in and out of a scene. It can also measure temperature and give a picture and video of an object.

Read gauges:

  • Dial: The dial gauge accurately measures minor differences in the height and length of mechanical components and displacements.
  • Digital: The digital gauge checks a liquid's or gas's pressure and provides a direct reading on a digital display.
  • Level: The level gauge measures the level of liquid or gasses inside a tank or a storage container.
  • Valve: The ball valve controls the flow of fluids and gasses with the help of a rotating ball.

Manage controls

You can find the Controls panel at the top right of the 3D simulation screen. On this panel, you can:

  • Load map: Click Load Map and select the robot map to work with. You can click Set as default to see the map every time you sign in to InRobot.

  • Align robot map: Update the alignment of the existing waypoints:

    1. Click Align robot map and update the values.
    2. Optional. To update the position of all waypoints in bulk, click a place on the map where you want to move the waypoints and click One click align.
    3. Click Save alignment to save the changes.
  • Slice model: To remove or add layers on the map, use the Slicing plane slider or an input field. It helps you find waypoints, the robot, and assets on the map.

  • Undock: The robot can detach itself from the docking station.
  • Dock: The robot will return to the docking station when it has completed the mission or requires a recharge.
  • Sit: The robot will rest and save energy if you need to pause or don't need the robot.
  • SelfRight: The robot can get back on its feet if it has lost its balance.
  • Walk: Start moving the robot around.
  • Emergency stop: Turn off the robot's power without docking it. Use the emergency stop if you can't stop the robot with the other commands or the operation is no longer safe.

    To undock and move the robot without clicking any buttons, click a waypoint on the map.

Control the robot remotely

With InRobot, you can run automated missions, navigate the robot, and inspect assets. Before you operate the robot, make sure that:

  • The robot is connected to the internet.
  • The robot is fully charged.
  • The robot is in a safe location.
  • People aren't too close to the robot, and they're aware of the robot.

To control the robot remotely:

  1. Click Control under the robot you want to navigate.
    If you've already selected the robot, on the top menu bar, click Control.
  2. In the top right or the top left, click the ake control button to connect to the robot. The power will turn on automatically.
  3. In the Remote control section, select a robot action to navigate the robot.
  4. Optional. Expand the Smart navigation section, select an asset to inspect, and click Navigate to waypoint.
  5. Optional. To adjust the settings of a PTZ camera, dial gauge reading, and other robot devices, expand the Payload controls section.
  6. When the robot completes the mission, select Dock to return the robot to the docking station. Ensure the docking station's fiducial is in the robot's range of vision. Otherwise, the robot won't see the station and won't be able to dock.
  7. Optional. Select Release control to release control of the robot and let another operator take control.

Create a mission

You need to plan and create missions for a robot to run without an operator's control.

To plan a mission:

  1. Click Mission under the robot you work with.
    If you've already selected the robot, on the top menu bar, click Mission.
  2. Click Create new.
  3. Enter the mission name, select a robot map from the dropdown list, and click Save.

    Split the InRobot screen in two by clicking the four dots icon in the bottom right corner. Then select 3D simulation for one screen and Spot Cam for another. This setting lets you see both the camera stream and the model.

  4. At the bottom of the left pane, in the New inspection point field, add an asset to the mission. An inspection point connects a waypoint, an action, and an asset. It tells the robot where the asset is located and what action to perform on the asset. You can add inspection points in three ways:
    • Start typing the asset's name and select it from the list of suggestions.
    • Add a new asset by creating its name and clicking the plus icon. You also need to connect the newly created asset to its location on the map.
    • Add a list of assets separated by commas and click the plus icon.
  5. For every inspection point, select an action type and a subtype that the robot will perform on this asset.

    Add the same asset as many times as the number of actions you want the robot to perform on it, but keep the number of assets and actions within the recommended mission duration of 45 minutes.

  6. Click Save.
  7. Optional. To save a mission as a draft, click Cancel.

You've now created the mission and can view, edit, or run it under the Mission tab.

Run a mission

Once you've created your first mission, you can assign the robot to perform independent asset inspection.

To run a mission:

  1. Click Mission under the robot you work with.
    If you've already selected the robot, on the top menu bar, click Mission.
  2. In the Search missions field, enter a mission name or select one from the list.
  3. Optional. To review and edit inspection points, click Edit.
  4. Click Run Mission. You can follow the robot on the map via the robot cameras or logs. When the mission is over, the robot navigates back to the docking station and sends the collected data to CDF.

Review mission data

The data collected by the robot during its mission reaches CDF in one of three ways:

  • The robot sends the data every 5 seconds.
  • The robot stores the data collected and sends it at the end of its mission.
  • If there's a connection issue, the robot stores the data it collects and sends it after reaching the docking station and connecting to the internet.

The data collected are available in Cognite Data Fusion, and you can review the data with:

  • Charts: Analyze and troubleshoot time series data from an asset reading, for example, temperature changes. Using the Equipment tag and Time Series ID tabs, you can find the time series associated with the asset.
  • Data Explorer: Find, verify, visualize, and learn about the data collected by the robot.
  • Image and video management: View data of asset readings of images and videos taken by the robot.

Based on the review, you can improve your robotics missions and ensure good-quality data capture.