We are excited to announce that SRT has won a $50k grant from Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)! CIT sponsors the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF), which funds small businesses in the Commonwealth of Virginia to develop new and promising technologies in preparation for commercialization.
Buck Ward, an advisor to SRT and founder of CyberClean Systems, invited us to Richmond to discuss his new venture and outline how we will be working together in the future. It was exciting to see CyberClean HQ, a small warehouse space in Richmond, packed full of well over a dozen industrial robotic floor cleaners. His new venture will be providing consulting services to commercial buildings looking to deploy custodial robotics and connected devices.
Today, SRT submitted a proposal to the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) sponsored by Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). Our proposal, entitled "SRT's Map-Building Robot for Creating Visual Facility Maps", requests funding to enhance SRT's map building robot, which is used to create a map of every facility in which SRT deploys the M1. This base facility map can be used to track the locations of service robots within the facility, static devices, or even tagged assets as they are moved throughout a building.
This week, SRT has successfully completed our National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase I Project! This is the culmination of nearly one year of research and development, and SRT is excited to have been able to participate in the NSF SBIR Phase I program.
SRT has submitted our first provisional patent this week! Patent number application 62/589,089, entitled "Map based framework for the integration of robots and smart devices" will lay the groundwork for protecting the intellectual property that we have generated during the NSF Phase I program and strengthen our case for building an industry leading facility management software package to monitor and control a variety of connected service robots and IoT devices.
UMASD has invited SRT to be a guest speaker to their engineering and computer science classes, where we demonstrated our software, showed how a robot builds a map of a facility, and even let the students pilot the robot during class. Our goal when speaking to student groups is to not only talk about the big picture benefits of having a STEM education, but also show the fun and exciting STEM-related jobs can be as well.
SRT completed our final demo for the National Science Foundation-funded SBIR Phase I program this week. Working with our deployment partner, Upper Merion Area School District, SRT completed the installation and demonstration of their software with a few integrated hardware components. We started by using our map-building robot to construct a physical map of their Administration Building. Once completed, SRT overlaid an engineering floor plan to the robot-built map and set up the dashboard for William Dillon, the Custodial Coordinator for the district. Then, within the software, SRT setup a variety of sensors, including Air Quality Eggs from Wicked Device to monitor indoor environmental conditions, tracking beacons from BeaconGrid to track movement in the building, and a modified Roomba to clean some of the cubicles.
This week was TechWeek DC, a week full of events geared towards start-ups and small businesses in the DC region. One of their primary sponsors, Arlington Economic Development (AED) coordinated several of these events, allowing SRT to gain exposure to a variety of start-ups, investors, and opportunities to work with other companies in the region.
This week, SRT received their brand new Clearpath Jackal. Sporting a SICK LMS-111 lidar, onboard accelerometers, GPS, and a magnetometer, SRT can now build even more accurate maps of much larger facilities. We look forward to integrating our mapping algorithms on this robot and taking her out for a spin!
We are excited to announce that SRT has won a $50k grant from Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)! CIT sponsors the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF), which provides small businesses in the Commonwealth of Virginia with grants to develop new and promising technologies in preparation for commercialization.
This week, SRT spent a few days with Bright Facility Care (BFC) in Richmond, Virginia, one of SRT's strategic partners. As a contract custodial service provider bidding on a wide variety of custodial contracts, BFC hopes to utilize new technologies such as custodial robots and connected IoT devices to provide greater service to their target customers: schools, warehouses, and other commercial facilities.
As part of the NSF Phase I program, SRT participated in a 6-week Beat-The-Odds Boot Camp, where the focus was to complete customer interviews, determine the primary needs of these customers in our field, and validate our value proposition. SRT interviewed over 30 potential clients, from end-users to decision-makers, and learned a few key points that helped influence our primary value proposition.
Our team had a great opportunity this week to meet with a variety of our advisors in the same week. Over two days of technical and programmatic discussions with our extended team (Greg Scott, Karoline Pershell, Dan Hull, Bennett Summers, and intern Alexis Stoven), we got to spend a day with Buck Ward to discuss custodial industry applications of our product and specific targets of opportunity. Then, the next day, we met with Jon Hill and Dr. Bud Goswami to have a deep dive discussion into big data cloud storage capabilities that we are implementing into our framework. We're so appreciative and lucky to have such a great group of advisors who are as excited about our development as we are!
Today, SRT submitted a proposal to the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) sponsored by Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). Our proposal, entitled "SRT's Map-based Facility Management System for Robots and Smart Devices" requests matching funds to extend the development work supported by SRT's existing National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase I grant. This CRCF funding would allow SRT to expand the number of hardware devices that can be integrated into our M1 software, through building new hardware partnerships and funding developer time to complete the software integration.
SRT is excited to announce that the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program has selected SRT as a Phase I awardee! Recently, SRT proposed "Development of an innovative software architecture for co-robots and smart devices to augment human capacity with regard to mundane tasking in the service sector." to the SBIR June 2016 Submission (NSF 16-554) solictiation. This project will allow SRT to develop a proof of concept software package that would demonstrate the integration of the data streams between mobile robotic platforms and static commercial Internet of Things (IoT) devices, into a single framework and dashboard display.
Today, SRT signed on with 1776 Crystal City to relocate our headquarters from Springfield to Arlington, Virginia. SRT is excited to be working out of 1776 Crystal City, particularly being able to capitalize on the start-up community that has been built out of this space.
SRT would like to thank KUKA Laboratories for selecting us for the KUKA Innovation Award and for the opportunity to work with a youBot for the last 8 months in developing and maturing our Autonomous Custodial Architecture (ACA).
We have reached the mid-point of the KUKA Innovation Award program, and progress has been pretty strong so far.
We're proud to announce that Service Robotics & Technologies has been selected as one of the teams in the sponsored track of Kuka's Innovation in Mobile Manipulation Award competition!