ARX Landsysteme builds and operates autonomous Single-to-Multi-Use robots for various applications. The goal is to help soldiers and civilian first responders make better decisions and take more effective action in life-threatening situations. For the armed forces, ARX robots serve as robust, cost-effective, and consumable solutions that can help train and protect troops, gather intelligence and withstand the challenges of missions. For civilian emergency services, they are designed to provide years of reliable support for relief purposes.
The company’s small to medium-sized autonomous robots are based on a universal robotic platform that allows for flexible add-on and payload solutions for the UGV depending on different security and defence-related scenarios.
Modular robotic platform for military and civilian use cases
Armed forces face challenges in training their soldiers properly. The problem is inefficient, expensive training in unrealistic, static environments. The same goes for companies having to adapt to increasing security threats and first responders to access rough terrain.
ARX’s approach to solving this is an unmanned ground robot platform that offers an off-the-shelf solution capable of simulating, surveilling, training and rendering support in all scenarios.
For defence use cases, ARX robots can serve as smart moving targets for live fire exercises as well as a mission-critical asset in the field that detects and deceives opposing forces by operating as a decoy and alarm device. The robotic vehicles can imitate gunshot sounds, create artificial fog, jam drone signals or create distractions with laser beams. It can also serve as a carrier platform to supply troops or for mine detection. In the future, ARX AI-powered software will let its robots autonomously function in a swarm so that they support each other in case one system breaks down.
For commercial and civilian users such as civilian emergency services, ARX can access rough terrain and for example, transport mobile relays in disaster regions to provide internet connectivity. ARX can also increase perimeter security by having its robots automate patrol services for critical infrastructure or installations or serve as an early intruder detection and alert system for commercial ships.
Officer turned researcher turned founder
ARX Landsysteme was founded by Marc Wietfeld (CEO) and Stefan Röbel (COO). Wietfeld is an intrapreneur and active officer in the German Army. He derived the idea for ARX from his experience as an infantry officer. He also led research projects in Robotics & Military IoT at the Cyber Innovation Hub and the University of the German Armed Forces. Röbel is a former army officer turned tech executive who held senior management positions at companies like Grover, Asos and Amazon.
“Autonomous robots will revolutionize efficiency, safety and 24/7 readiness in both civilian and military use cases. With ARX we provide an autonomous dual-use robotic platform that is cost-effective and capable of fulfilling multiple roles while saving people’s lives”, says Wietfeld. “We have brought together a diverse team of military, research, and industry experts to develop software and hardware solutions that significantly enhance the capabilities of Western Allies”, he continues saying.
ARX Landsysteme is a spin-off from the GEREON research project at the German Armed Forces University in Munich. First units of ARX are undergoing testing with defence companies and with the armed forces of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Estonia.
Project A leads the funding round to grow the team, the technology, and scaling production capabilities.