Amazon Launches Preview of AWS IoT RoboRunner for Better Robotic Fleets

Now available in public preview, at no additional cost, AWS IoT RoboRunner aims to simplify fleet app development and management.

Gareth Halfacree
2 months ago โ€ข Robotics

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the launch of AWS IoT RoboRunner, a service through which it aims to make it easier to build and deploy applications designed for fleets of robots.

"This new service builds on the same technology used in Amazon fulfillment centers," says Amazon's Eric Anderson of AWS IoT RoboRunner, "and now we are excited to make it available to all developers to build advanced robotics applications for their businesses."

Amazon has unveiled AWS IoT RoboRunner, based on technology originally developed for its fulfillment centers. (๐Ÿ“น: Amazon)

The core concept behind AWS IoT RoboRunner: Collecting data from each robot in a fleet and combining them into a central repository with standardization for facility, location, and robotic task data. "Developers can use AWS IoT RoboRunner to access the unified data required to build complex management applications for fleets of robots," says Anderson, "and use pre-built software libraries to build applications for common robot orchestration tasks that include built-in functions for shared-space management and work allocation."

As an entry in the AWS IoT ecosystem, there's no surprise to find the new RoboRunner platform playing nicely with some of the company's other offerings: Applications built on the platform can integrate with AWS IoT SiteWise for tracking metrics, Amazon SageMaker for task allocation via machine learning, and AWS IoT Greengrass for software building and deployment.

"To enable a single-system view of the robots, status of the systems, and progress of tasks on the same interface, AWS IoT RoboRunner provides APIs that let you build a user application," adds Channy Yun. "AWS IoT RoboRunner provides sample applications for allocating tasks to robot fleets so that you can get started quickly. You can customize the task allocation code with business requirements that align to your use case."

AWS IoT RoboRunner is available in public preview now in the US East (N. Virginia) and Europe (Frankfurt) AWS regions and will be available at "no additional cost during the preview period," the company has confirmed.

More information on the platform is available in the guide Getting Started with AWS IoT RoboRunner.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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