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Transitive Robotics today announces the availability of their public beta to their modular cloud platform for robotics operations.
The problem Transitive Robotics is addressing is universal in the industry: Once a robotics company deploys more than a handful of robots, they quickly realize the need for various cloud and web tools to manage and operate their growing fleet. The list of tools includes functionality such as live-video streaming; remote teleoperations; deployment and configuration management; observability; log ingest; and health monitoring. Prior to the Transitive solution, robotics companies had two choices: build all these tools in-house or use a third-party platform for fleet management. Transitive was founded on the belief that neither of these options is satisfying.
Building everything in-house comes with a lot of cost and time overhead, delay until deployment, and the risk of spreading a small team even thinner. On top of that, companies often struggle to find the talent to implement these tools as they require a combination of web, cloud, and robotics experience that few job candidates possess.
On the other hand, third-party fleet management platforms cannot address all the requirements of all the robotics companies they serve – one size doesn’t fit all in robotics, an industry more diverse than any other given the broad spectrum of application scenarios and environments.
The needs for operating a fleet of thousands of warehouse robots are very different from those of laser-weeding AgTech robots, drones, industrial arms, or underwater inspection robots. As a result, users of these platforms often feel hamstrung as their needs aren’t met and at the same time locked-in as these platforms cannot typically be extended by their users.
Transitive Robotics offers a middle ground that combines the best of both worlds. It offers modular, separately usable full-stack capabilities that robotics companies can easily integrate into their solutions and web portals. The value proposition is to move faster at lower cost and overhead while still remaining in control of their own operational tools and workflows.
What is Transitive?
Transitive is offering three things:
- An open-source framework for full-stack robotics that connects robots, cloud, and web components,
- A growing set of capabilities built on this framework, e.g., remote-teleop with live video-streaming, that Transitive users can embed in their own web portals, and
- A hosted solution of this framework at transitiverobotics.com that robotics companies can use to add these capabilities to their robots today with ease.
Transitive has worked with a handful of pilot companies for over a year in private beta to develop and test several capabilities and test drive the platform. These companies have been using these capabilities in production for many months on several dozen robots.
Transitive now invites anyone to create an account and start adding Transitive capabilities to their robots. Some of these capabilities are free, others are billed per-robot-per-month, e.g., $15 for live-video streaming. While in beta, new users receive $100 in credit to try any capability they want right away. Transitive further invites the community to engage on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Slack to help guide the development of current and future capabilities to address the needs of robotics companies of any size and business model.