It is one of the holy grails of Industry 4.0 - a collaborative team of autonomous robots, intelligent control units and flexible production machines that use self-learning technology to continuously improve the way they complete their tasks. To help in the quest for this particular holy grail, the BMBF-funded development project "CrESt - Collaborative Embedded Systems" is focusing on new design methods for software architectures. These methods can in turn be used to develop software systems in which various machines can be networked to form learning teams. InSystems Automation GmbH (InSystems), which develops innovative automation solutions for material flows, assembly, and quality assurance, and Berlin-based software company Model Engineering Solutions GmbH (MES) are working with other partners to safeguard automated and autonomous systems and are thus playing a big part in the overall success of CrESt.
At CEBIT, MES and InSystems are exhibiting an autonomous transportation robot that offers flyers to visitors at the BMBF pavilion. Equipped with a speech function, the robot proactively encourages people to take a flyer. Whenever it succeeds, the robot marks its position on an interactive map then, once the flyer has been taken and the way ahead is clear, it proceeds to its next destination. The results can be tracked live on an interactive map.