The Wallbot: A Low-cost Robot for Green Wall Inspection

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Conference Proceeding
ACRA 2020 Proceedings, 2020, pp. 1-7
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The benefits of urban green infrastructure, such as attenuating the urban heat island effect and improving air quality, are widely accepted. Regardless, the uptake of green walls (i.e. vertical gardens) is low due to the high costs relating to maintenance and OH&S. These barriers to adoption may be mitigated by using robotics to inspect and maintain green walls. In this work we present the Wallbot, a robotic system to inspect, monitor and aid in the maintenance of green walls. In its current form the system comprises of affordable off-the-shelf components to keep the system cost low. Preliminary development of the system, results of initial tests and findings are presented. The system offers the chance to reduce OH&S issues and maintenance costs associated with green walls.
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