Vision

Robots to keep workers out of harm's way

Everyday people are sent into uncomfortable or risky environments to gather information that fixed sensors or fixed cameras fail to provide.

This is our motivation to develop autonomous agile robots for security monitoring in any kind of environment : from sensitive industrial facilities up to the harsh fields of firefighting.

We incorporated ROVENSO SA in 2016 with the ambition to become the world leading manufacturer of security robots within 5 years.

Solution

ROVéo: Agile robot for security monitoring in any environment

AI

Unsupervised patrolling

ROVéo is able to fully autonomously monitor security of your assets when you are not around. It patrols silently, 24/7, choosing his own routes. When an anomaly is detected, it reports it instantly to security forces.

Precision

Forensic accuracy

ROVéo performs multi-modal sensor fusion to detects the slightest anomalies. Using 3D laser scanning, night vision, thermal vision, sound analysis and gas sensing, it detects intrusions, liquid or gas leaks and incipient stages fires.

Agility

All-terrain agility

Based on a unique, patented technology, ROVéo can swiftly tackle rough terrain, as well as steps and stairs, by simply adapting to their shape. It is ideal to monitor security both outside AND inside big industrial sites.

Its lightweight (50kg) and compact size allows for easy transportation and quick deployment and it is now used in pilot projects from safety monitoring in firefighting to intrusion detection in sensitive warehouses.

ROVéo, teaser in various terrains

ROVéo, mobility tests in various stairs

ROVéo, tests in water

Partners

These are much more than partner companies. They are real supporters.
With money, means, advice or even sweat, they make rovenso's vision possible.

SOSV (Sean O’Sullivan Ventures) is a venture capital fund focused on accelerating over 120 startups every year.
SOSV has funded over 300 startups and their net IRR over the last 20 years puts them in the top 5% of all venture funds worldwide. They are now a global fund with $250M assets under management and a staff of nearly 50 operating world-renowned accelerators in the areas of hardware, software, biology, food, robotics, medical devices, transportation, green energy, and beyond.

HAX the first and largest global hardware accelerator, with over 100 startup investments in 4 years.
Based in Shenzhen, San Francisco and New York in order to leverage the supply chain and factory ecosystem, the program ensures the rapid development of manufacturable products. The majority of the successful applicants to the accelerator come from the United States and Europe. HAX hosts Demo Days in China and Silicon Valley to reach global media and investors. The B2C startups of HAX have successfully run over 50 crowdfunding campaigns raising an average of over $350,000. HAX companies receive up to $25,000 to $100,000 each and access to the SOS Ventures Hardware scaling fund.

EPFL heavily supports rovenso in many ways. First, the Tech Transfer Office helped build the IP, identifying the best patenting strategy and establishing an exclusive license agreement between EPFL and rovenso. Second, EPFL attributed a CHF100k EPFL Innogrant to the project in 2013. Third, the ENABLE program financed an industrial design of the robot based on the EPFL IP and the production of simulation prototypes to prove its feasibility.
This is without taking into account the extremely valuable advice given on both business and technology aspects by the whole team.

LEMO is the acknowledged leader in the design and manufacture of precision custom connection and cable solutions. LEMO's high quality Push-Pull connectors are found in a variety of challenging application environments including medical, industrial control, test and measurement, audio-video and telecommunications..
Cables and connectors are the nervous system of mobile robots relaying the measurements of the sensors and the commands to the actuators. Their impact on the reliability and the maintainability of the robots is tremendous, especially for operations in harsh environments. This is why rovenso is partnering with LEMO since 2017 with the objective of generating innovative solutions in smart robotics.

The startup ecosystem in the Lausanne area is absolutely stunning. As an entrepreneur, you'll find for each stage of your growth a wide panel of coaching services, hosting locations and financial support. Innovaud is the "one-stop shop" to identify and access these tools in the canton of Vaud. Innovaud also organizes networking events targeting specific industries. This creates very valuable bridges between startups, investors, innovative SMEs and big corporations.

The Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT) has been helping startups since 1994. It encourages entrepreneurship, supports innovation and bolsters the local economy by providing appropriate financial assistance. The FIT grants help to projects that possess an innovative or technological character and those tied to a university in the county of Vaud. rovenso has received a FIT-Seed in January 2017.

Force Dimension is a Swiss company that specializes in advanced force-feedback (haptic) technology. Established in 2001, Force Dimension develops and supplies dedicated haptic hardware and software solutions for both commercial and research applications. The company also provides technology integration assistance and technical support to its partners and customers worldwide.
rovenso is partnering with Force Dimension to add real-time haptic capability to LISéo, theLightweight Immersive Control Station, leading to enhanced operator perception of the rover behaviour and remote environment. By making remote driving more intuitive, haptics technology will allow the operator to focus on higher-level tasks.

Coppelia Robotics is the company behind V-REP, considered as the Swiss army knife among robot simulators: you will not find a simulator with more functions, features, or more elaborate APIs.
For rovenso, this simulation software is a strategic tool in the development process: it is a rapid prototyping platform allowing to assess the mobility of our rovers in rough terrain and to validate a wide number of components before eventually manufacturing the robot. This speeds up dramatically the development cycle of our solutions, for both the rovers and the user interfaces.
Moreover, Coppelia Robotics and rovenso are tightly collaborating on the development of novel human-machines interfaces.

People

It's all about people sharing a vision and making it happen.

CEO & co-founder
Thomas Estier

Thomas

Thomas Estier is co-founder and CEO of rovenso. Former researcher in Field and Space Robotics at EPFL and co-founder of BlueBotics in 2001, he has experience in business development, operational and executive management gained at the LNS Group (machine-tool industry). Thomas has also been Vice-President of the Business Angels and Mentoring Club (A3 Angels), deputy vice-president at EPFL and technology transfer officer for the NCCR Robotics. NETS winner 2001 (New Entrepreneur in Tech. & Science; now ventureleaders), Thomas holds an EPFL Innogrant 2013.

CTO & co-founder
Lucian Cucu

Lucian

Lucian Cucu is co-founder and CTO of rovenso. He holds a Master degree in Microengineering at EPFL, majoring in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. His domain of expertise and strongest interests lie within mechatronics and robotics. In industry, at Hocoma AG, he has worked on the design of novel rehabilitation devices, and while in the Self-organizing Systems Research Lab, at Harvard University, he has designed and built self-assembling mobile robots. Lucian is VentureLeader 2015.


Lead Roboticist
& co-founder
Beat Geissmann

Beat

Beat Geissmann is co-founder and Lead Roboticist of rovenso. He holds a Master degree in Microengineering at EPFL, majoring in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. His has a strong hands-on experience on all fields of mechatronics and robotics. always fascinated by mobile robotics, Beat has been working on quad-copters, planes and submarines during his Master as well as While at EPFL Ecological Engineering Lab, he has developed quad-copters, planes and submarines for ecological monitoring. Always fascinated by robotics, and founding member of the Octanis Association, he is co-responsible for the success of their Arctic Rover mission.

Roboticist
Danjiao MA

Danjiao

Danjiao Ma is Roboticist at rovenso. She holds a Master degree in Energy Management and Sustainability at EPFL, majoring in Energy (Automation/Robotics). She holds a Bachelor in Energy Systems Engineering from Zhejiang University where she got several awards for her outstanding results. While studying she worked in industry for Siemens, Zhejiang SUPCON Group and Kubot Technology. Her domains of expertise cover autonomous navigation and anomaly detection.

Advisory board member
Auke Ijspeert

Auke

Prof. Dr. Auke Ijspeert is head of the Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob) at EPFL and member of the advisory board of rovenso. He has a B.Sc./M.Sc. in physics from the EPFL, and a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. He carried out postdocs at IDSIA, EPFL and at the University of Southern California (USC). He's also member of the steering committee of the NCCR Robotics and leads there the grand challenge "rescue robotics". His research interests are at the intersection between robotics, computational neuroscience, nonlinear dynamical systems, and machine learning.

Advisory board member
Nicola Tomatis

Nicola

Dr. Nicola Tomatis, CEO of BlueBotics, is member of the advisory board of rovenso. He is a recognized leader and authority in mobile robotics. Nicola received the IEEE Early Career Award in Robotics and Automation (2008), he has been listed in the 300 most influential persons of Switzerland (2010 and 2012), and he seats in the Executive Board of the euRobotics aisbl association as well as in the Industrial Activity Board of the IEEE Robotics and Automation society (IEEE RAS IAB).

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Contact Details

  • (Headquarter)
    EPFL Innovation Park - Le Garage
    Chemin de la Raye 13
    1024 Ecublens,
    Switzerland
  • (Prototyping)
    c/o HAX
    Huaqiang North, Futian,
    Shenzhen, Guangdong,
    China, 518031