FORT’s NSC sends instructions to robots wirelessly



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FORT Robotics' Nano Safety Controller

FORT Robotics’ Nano Security Controller. | Supply: FORT Robotics

FORT Robotics introduced its Nano Security Controller (NSC) at MODEX 2022 final week. The NSC is an embeddable board that lets customers construct FORT wi-fi communication and security know-how immediately into their machines. It’s the newest product within the firm’s line of security and safety know-how. 

With the NSC embedded, customers are in a position to ship instructions by means of the corporate’s patented know-how for security and information integrity with none bolt-on {hardware}. Customers can ship wi-fi emergency stopping, dash or crawl, change in state and different essential instructions. 

Customers have the power to regulate giant deployments of robots by embedding NSC into every robotic and sending instructions to them concurrently. 

NSC, together with a FORT software program agent, is ready to talk over virtually any community, together with WIFI and different IP networks. The corporate makes use of black channel communication rules to isolate and transmit essential security information, whatever the community. The controller additionally comes with error detection and latency management in-built.

“Till now, clients who wished our trusted command know-how have had to make use of our bolt-on {hardware}. That’s not at all times superb for each undertaking,” Nathan Bivans, FORT CTO, stated. “With the NSC, we are able to present an answer that’s smaller, extra versatile, extra built-in and value efficient for giant numbers of machines.”


NSC is designed to fulfill ISO 13849 and IEC 61508 SIL 2 requirements. 


“Security is on the core of all the things we do, and it’s arduous to get this stage of security integrity over IP networks,” Dave Sullivan, principal product supervisor at FORT, stated. “We imagine this can be a recreation changer.”


FORT was based in 2018 by now-CEO Samuel Reeves. It was Reeves’ second firm on the time. Over a decade earlier, in 2006, he created Humanistic Robotics to provide an autonomous resolution to soundly clear landmines. By means of the event of that know-how, Reeves noticed a chance to create a safety-and-security overlay that may be simply built-in into next-generation autonomous machines throughout a number of industries.


FORT’s different security merchandise embrace: