City of Timmins Plans to Deploy Robots to Perform Annual Sidewalk Inspections 

The City of Timmins annual sidewalk assessment project is set to begin and residents may being to notice that the sidewalk inspectors look a little robotic this summer.

For the first time, the City has contracted out our sidewalk inspections to Top Hat Robotics. Top Hat Robotics will be using their human-operated robots to inspect the sidewalks and document any issues. The purpose is to detect sidewalk deficiencies so the City can plan repairs and upgrades where needed.

Typically, sidewalk inspections are quite labour intensive and take a significant amount of staff time. By utilizing Top Hat Robotics’ sidewalk inspection technology, we can speed up the process without forfeiting the results, while allowing Operations staff to be redeployed to other tasks.

The public can expect to see two sidewalk robots on our sidewalks beginning around July 12, 2021. Work is expected to be completed within 2 to 4 weeks. Both robots will be accompanied by a Top Hat Robotics employee who will be spraying deficiencies and would be happy to answer any questions the public has about the program. Sidewalks will remain open during these inspections. If a pedestrian encounters a robot, the Top Hap Robotics employee will have the robot stop and pull over to the side. Please feel free to say hello; these robots are quite friendly!

Posted by Amanda Dyer On 6/15/2021 at 2:29 PM  

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