US Patent No. 10,335,952

MONITORING AND CONTROLLING THE MOVEMENT OF MOBILE ROBOTS


Patent No. 10,335,952
Issue Date July 02, 2019
Title Monitoring And Controlling The Movement Of Mobile Robots
Inventorship Thomas D. Erickson, Minneapolis, MN (US)
Ashish Kundu, Elmsford, NY (US)
Clifford A. Pickover, Yorktown Heights, NY (US)
Maja Vukovic, New York, NY (US)
Assignee INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, Armonk, NY (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,335,952

16. A system, comprising:a mobile robot;
a tracking system that monitors a selectively permeable virtual membrane and a current location of the mobile robot in a physical space, wherein the physical space comprises a first area separated from a second area by the selectively permeable virtual membrane, and a software requirement corresponding to the mobile robot with regard to the second area;
a memory storing a computer program; and
a processor that executes the computer program, wherein the computer program:
assigns the software requirement corresponding to the mobile robot to the second area;
assigns the selectively permeable virtual membrane to a location in the physical space;
identifies a software state of the mobile robot, wherein the software state of the mobile robot matches the software requirement;
determines whether the software state of the mobile robot meets the software requirement; and
allows the mobile robot to move from the first area to the second area through the selectively permeable virtual membrane in response to determining whether the software state of the mobile robot meets the software requirement.