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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is a flying vessel without a human pilot onboard. A UAV can be totally independent for take off, flight and landing with real-time collision avoidance systems, or fully piloted by its operator. VLOS UAVs must stay in the operator’s Visual Line Of Sight, and BVLOS can go Beyond the operator’s Visual Line Of Sight with a screen-based or VR-based piloting system. Legislative framework is evolving, and at present the main guidelines prevent flights over populated areas and oversee BVLOS flights. Current R&D mainly focuses on automatisation of flight as well as data recovery and analytics. Most UAVs are used for monitoring and other limited actions.

Unmanned Ground Vehicle

An unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) is a vehicle that operates while in contact with the ground and without an onboard human presence. Generally, the vehicle will have a set of sensors to observe the environment, and will either autonomously make decisions about its behaviour or pass the information to a human operator at a different location who will control the vehicle through teleoperation.

Robotic Process Automation

RPA is a productivity tool (sold as licensed software) that allows a user to configure one or more bots: scripts to activate specific key strokes. These bots overlay on one or more software applications. The result is that the bots can be used to emulate selected tasks within a business or IT process. These may include manipulating data, passing data to/from different applications, triggering responses or executing a transaction. Bots can mimic key strokes, allowing them to be joined together in order (similar to macro functionality). They can work across multiple systems in one session, like commercial applications or spreadsheets on different operating systems including mainframes, and can move or populate data between systems. Bots can be used to perform prescriptive tasks like calculations and queries, or to trigger downstream process activities.

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