Amazon releases software service for organized robot fleet management

Amazon has released a service that makes it easier for companies to manage a fleet of robots. AWS IoT RoboRunner makes it possible to connect robots and automation software and standardize the robot work.

This service should make it more efficient for companies to organize task assignments for their robot fleets in one convenient place, Amazon says. The company promises that robots from different vendors will all “work together seamlessly” with this service. Currently, IoT RoboRunner is in the preview phase for AWS customers.

The service provides an infrastructure for integrating robots with work management systems and building robotics fleet management applications, Amazon said. With the RoboRunner APIs, applications can be built with a ‘common’ architecture to connect different robot types and work management systems. It then becomes possible to implement task management logic to standardize robot operations through that one environment.

In a blog post, Amazon explains that this service works closely with other AWS services. That would give RoboRunner an advantage over similar, pre-existing services like Exotec and Freedom Robotics. For example, the service can be linked to SageMaker, gives VentureBeat as an example; software to set up machine learning models yourself.