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Last Updated: 10/8/2018 8:50:20 PM

Previous SEL Number: 03OE-07-ROBT

Description: Robotic platforms to support various mission areas such as explosive device remediation, hazardous materials operations, tactical law enforcement operations, search & rescue, and surveillance/detection.

ImportantFeatures: Attachment points for camera, sensors, and other devices.

Some units may include features to enhance decontamination, including sealed articulating joints, sealed internal components, and construction from non porous material.

Operating Considerations: For any remotely accessible vehicle, ensure that manufacturer's default access credentials (username, password) are changed prior to operational use.

Many responder organizations evaluate robots solely on the promised capabilities of manufacturers. However, comparative evaluation of such marketing data is extremely difficult due to differences in manufacturers' terminology and test methods. Standard test methods, such as the ASTM E28xx series can be used to provide objective and reliable data on robot capabilities. Responders can trust the data captured at any participating accredited test facility, no matter when or where the testing was conducted.

"Home-grown" performance specifications often result in requirements that compete or conflict with each other. This has consistently led either to inadequate performance, excessive cost, or both. Purchasers should make purchasing decisions by specifying available combinations of robotic capabilities as defined in standard test methods that reflect their envisioned mission tasks.

Responder robot test methods have been (and continue to be) developed by DHS S&T/NIST/ASTM, including tests for capabilities specific to counter-IED operations involving packages, personnel, and vehicles. A suite of standard test methods has been published through the ASTM International Committee on Homeland Security Applications; Operational Equipment; Robots (E54.08.01), and additional standard test methods are published yearly. Purchasing organizations should require that candidate robot manufacturers have their robots evaluated according to the applicable ASTM standard test methods, and require that each manufacturer provide a copy of the completed test method charts indicating how the robots scored in the requested suite of tests.

Training Requirements: Core Training: Manufacturer's specifications.
Initial Training: Extensive (>2 days)
Sustainment Training: Moderate (1-2 days)

Mandatory Standards:

Applicable Standards and References:

  • HazMat: Response Team
  • Law Enforcement: Bomb Squad
  • Law Enforcement: Preventive Rad/Nuc Detection
  • Law Enforcement: SWAT/Tactical Team
  • REL: Full Canadian Recommended Equipment List
  • REL: LOS-1, Multi-Agency Intervention