Images and videos courtesy of the New Zealand Army - Ngati Tumatauenga
Heritage Responder Robotics (HeRRos)
When powerful earthquakes struck Christchurch, New Zealand it was deemed too dangerous for humans to enter some heritage buildings. One of these was the Christchurch Basilica where the New Zealand Army surveyed the interior using a robot with onboard cameras. You can access the videos at: Video 1 Video 2 Video 3
Robotics offers the ability to safely review structures, with imagery and other data that can be reviewed globally. Robotic technology is on the cusp of rescuing items of cultural significance, deploying sensor arrays for security and environmental monitoring, and making repairs.
Utilising robotic resources in the heritage realm offers the military opportunities to deploy soft power. Commercial operators can work with clients and insurance companies to minimise damage and costs. The resulting reduction in destruction and damage of cultural heritage will assist in social and economic recovery.