Robots patrol launched at NW China underground pipe project


A robot patrols an underground pipe network in Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province, May 28, 2018. (Photo: VCG)

Robots have been dispatched to patrol an underground pipe network being built in the city of Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, according to local authorities.

The 350-kilometer-long network will integrate various pipelines including electricity, telecommunications, gas and water supply.


The patrolling robot with human workers. (Photo: VCG)

The robot "security guards," 0.8 meters in height, are able to patrol the underground project independently for 24 hours a day.

Equipped with environmental detecting sensors, the robots can monitor temperature and humidity, noxious gases, oxygen levels and smoke density while providing illumination in real time.

They can automatically report to management personnel if they malfunction.

The patrolling robots can cover blind spots neglected by human workers and improve the security management of the project.


The robot is able to cover blind spots neglected by human workers. (Photo: VCG)

The underground pipe network is an important part of the infrastructure of the city and will solve the problem of "zipper chains" on the road.