Today (December 27 2017) Cohort Systems Inc. signed an agreement with ESMA Trading Incorporated (Amman, Jordan), Septimius International Inc. (Paris, France) to form The ESC Partnership. This press release follows an previous release on Aug. 15 2017. The ESC Partnership is a limited liability business that will deliver Advanced Physical Security Solutions for the protection of critical assets such as Borders or the perimeter of: Airports, Harbours, Military Bases, Power Generation, and Refineries. Septimius and ESMA will provide market knowledge and business opportunities in the MENA Region for the delivery, installation and training of physical security equipment and infrastructure. Cohort Systems Inc. will be responsible for the design and integration of physical security solutions. Anticipated solutions include the deployment of advanced mobile surveillance devices that include Cohort’s Autonomous Patrol Vehicle technologies, and Common Controller Workstations. Significant effort had already been invested (before the agreement) developing Perimeter Security market opportunities in the MENA Region. It is anticipated that the first contract will be secured within the next 12 months. The Perimeter Security market is expected to grow rapidly across the MENA region after the first installation.
Cohort Systems will be on reduced hours between Dec 27 and Jan 1. Tech Support will be available during this time period. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Cohort’s phone system will be undergoing an upgrade starting Dec. 18. There may be disruptions starting then. Any unanswered calls during this time period will be routed to voice mail. Another message will be posted on this blog once the upgrade has been completed.
On December 8 2017 Cohort Systems Inc. signed a funding agreement with the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada for the Drive-By-Wire Conversion for Autonomous Patrol Vehicle (APV). Drive-By-Wire (DBW) conversion is the first conversion step required to convert an off the shelf vehicle into an autonomous vehicle. Funds for this development are provided by the Ontario Centres of Excellence, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada, and Cohort Systems Inc. The conversion work will be completed by the Algonquin College Applied Research & Innovation Center in Ottawa under the supervision and participation by Cohort Systems Inc. In addition to funding Cohort will be guiding the development of platform control algorithms using Cohort’s Robot Open Control software IP. Cohort is also providing the vehicle which is a commercial off the shelf all-electric drive vehicle favoured with end users such as: police, security, and ware house maintenance personnel. Cohort’s business objective is to complete the conversion of the DBW APV into a fully Autonomous and Collaborative APV; and use this vehicle in technical demonstrations and pilot projects of its Robot Open Control software for Perimeter Security applications in 2018. This technology will be deployed in the market with a commercialized APV and with 3rd party Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) starting in 2019.