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.
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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.
ASIS International (www.asisonline.org) is a global community of security practitioners, each of whom has a role in the protection of assets – people, property, and/or information. Members of ASIS represent most industries in the public, and the private sectors. The ASIS community is global and diverse. Members include: entry-level managers to CSOs and CEOs; consultants; former law; and enforcement and former military. Locally Cohort is associated with ASIS Chapter 140 in Ottawa Ontario.
Cohort Systems will be attending the Unmanned Canada Conference and Trade Show this Nov 1-3 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto. Unmanned Canada is the largest Unmanned Systems event in Canada and features vendors, integrators, and end users in all unmanned domains. Please contact Cohort via firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to have a meeting with a representative from Cohort while we are attending the Unmanned Canada Conference.
Cohort Systems will be attending the Security Canada International Security Conference and Exposition at the Toronto Congress this Oct 18-19. This is an annual event organized by the Canadian Security Association (www.canasa.org). It is the premier event for security professionals in central Canada. Cohort will be attending to meet with suppliers, partners and end users for its family of autonomous security robots. Please contact Cohort via email@example.com should you wish to have a meeting with a representative of Cohort while we are in Toronto.
This week Cohort Systems is attending the ASIS Conference in Dallas. This conference is the premier event for security professionals worldwide, providing industry-leading education, countless business connections, and the latest security solutions. Cohort will be attending to meet with suppliers, partners and end users for its family of autonomous security robots. Please contact Cohort via firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to have a meeting with a representative of Cohort while we are in Dallas.
Cohort Systems will be participating in the NATO MDCS Meeting hosted by the Industrial Institute for Measurement and Automation (PIAP) in Warsaw Poland this Oct 2-5. Participants from various NATO countries will be meeting to complete detailed planning for a NATO Standard development for the Multi-Domain Control Station based upon Stanag 4586 and the recommendations from NATO NIAG SG-202.
Cohort Systems will be attending the ASIS Conference in Dallas Sept 25-28 as a guest of the US Embassy in Ottawa. ASIS International (formerly known as the American Society for Industrial Security) is represented globally in more than 125 countries. This conference is the premier event for security professionals worldwide, providing industry-leading education, countless business connections, and the latest security solutions. Cohort will be attending to meet with suppliers, partners and end users for its family of autonomous security robots. Please contact Cohort via email@example.com should you wish to have a meeting with a representative of Cohort while we are in Dallas.
Cohort Systems Inc. has signed a partnership agreement with Septimis International Inc. (Paris, France) and ESMA Trading (Amman, Jordan). Septimis and ESMA have extensive business contacts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The intent of the New Partnership is to deliver Advanced Physical Security Solutions for the protection of critical assets such as: Borders, Airports, Harbors, Military Bases, Power Generation, and Economic Infrastructure. The role of Cohort Systems Inc. will be the design and integration of physical security solutions to meet end-user requirements. Anticipated solutions include the deployment of advanced mobile surveillance devices that include Cohort’s Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle technologies, and Common Controller Workstations. Significant effort had already been invested (before the agreement) investigating and developing this market. A first contract is anticipated within the next 12 months. The market is expected to grow rapidly across the MENA region after the first installation. A formal name for the Partnership will be disclosed in Q4 this year.
Cohort Systems Inc. will have its annual summer shutdown from Aug 7th to Aug 18th inclusive. You can still contact sales and support by phoning +1.613.739.2687 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you with 24 hours.
Nicole Verkindt founder of OMX (Offset Market Exchange) and the newest Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Den, profiles Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in the June-July 2017 Vanguard Magazine Technology Watch. In this article the author describes among other entrepeneurial companies Cohort Systems’ plan for applying Artificial Intelligence technology in Unmanned Ground Vehicles that could replace Manned Security Vehicles at Borders, Airport Perimeters, and Power Stations. This article can be found at: http://vanguardcanada.uberflip.com/i/840295-vanguard-june-july-2017/35?m4=
‘Framework for Natural Landmark-based Robot Localization’ is a research paper accepted for presentation at the Ninth Conference on Computer and Robot Vision which is sponsored by the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society. The object of the research is to present a framework for vision based robot localization using available planar landmarks in an indoor environment that is not augmented, and by using a single lens camera. The work is a co-development between Cohort Systems Inc. and the University of Ottawa with funding from Cohort and the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada. Should you be interested in this paper then send an email to email@example.com with ‘Framework for Natural Landmark-based Robot Localization’ in the subject line, or access it through IEEE Xplore.
Cohort will be attending CANSEC 2017 being held at the EY Centre in Ottawa May 31-June 1. This two-day event is the largest and most important defence industry event in Canada. CANSEC has been held annually in Ottawa since 1998 by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI). CANSEC 2017 will once again showcase leading-edge technology, products and services for land-based, naval, aerospace and joint forces military units. Please contact Cohort via firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to have a meeting while we are at CANSEC.
Cohort has been invited to attend the first Global Security Innovation Showcase which will take place in Ottawa at the Infinity Convention Centre on May 30 2017. The Showcase is a Networking event organized by BTI Global Innovations Inc, https://www.btiglobalinnovation.com/. Attending the Showcase are cutting edge innovative cyber security, advanced engineering, public safety and security technology solution providers, Government, Research and Development Organizations and Academia. Please introduce yourself to Cohort if you are attending this event.
Cohort Systems will be attending the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) conference and exhibition at the Palais de Congres in Montreal this May 13-15 to meet with suppliers in the transport and service industry. UITP is a non-profit advocacy organization for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, scientific institutes and the public transport supply and service industry. The association was founded in 1885 by the Belgian King Leopold II to support the domestic railway and steel industries. Today, UITP supports an inclusive approach to urban mobility and advocates for public transport development and sustainable mobility. Please contact Cohort via email@example.com should you wish to have a meeting with one or our representatives.
Shenzhen Anzer Intelligent Engineering Co. Ltd, P.R. China (Anzer) has invited Cohort Systens to provide consulting services regarding next generation robots. Cohort will attend meetings over two weeks at the Anzer facility in Shenzhen. Services provided will include advising the functional and technical requirements for outdoor security robots, visiting local suppliers, and representing Anzer at meetings with prospective end users in businesses including financial and property management.
Cohort Systems Inc. and ESI Robotics (Toronto) have signed a Letter of Intent for the co-development of a general purpose ‘Autonomous Guidance System’ for Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD), and Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) robots. This agreement follows and Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between Cohort and Shenzhen Anzer Intelligent Systems (Anzer) in May 2016. ESI is a subsidiary of Anzer which is based in Shenzhen P.R.China. The intent of the Autonomous Guidance System is to be a general purpose plug-in subsystem that converts what is normally a remote control or tele-operated robot into an autonomous robot. Cohort has developed a product called the ROC Data Center or RDC that provides: Autonomous Navigation, 3D Terrain Evaluation, Environmental Perception, and Autonomous Mission Management and Execution. These four fundamental technologies are required for an autonomous security robot. An RDC is a proprietary computer integrated with Cohort’s patent pending Robot Open Control (ROC) Software IP. ESI has agreed to provide an EOD robot; and the hardware and electronics for the RDC per Cohort’s RDC specification. Cohort will provide: the ROC Software, integration, and testing. Both parties will demonstrate the robot in Canada and P.R.China.
Cohort has been invited to the NATO MDCS Working Group meeting at the NATO Modelling and Simulation Centre of Excellence (M&S COE) in Rome Italy. Previously Cohort was Canada’s national lead for the NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG) SG-202 which was tasked with elaborating the requirements for a Multi-Domain Control Station (MDCS) for UxV operation and control. The purpose of this meeting will be to initiate detailed planning for an envisioned MDCS NATO Standard Agreement (STANAG).