22 Jun

Cohort’s APV Pre-Qualified by Federal Government

Cohort Systems has received a pre-qualification notice from Public Services and Procurement Canada announcing that its Autonomous Patrol Vehicle (Autonomous Patrol Vehicle) technology has been Pre-Qualified under the Build in Canada Innovation Program.  In the next step Cohort and the Office for Small Medium enterprises will identify a ‘Testing Department’ that will evaluate the APV.

The pre-qualified innovations can be found on the following URL – https://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/app-acq/picc-bcip/prequalifiee-prequalified-eng.html.

04 Jun

NATO STANAG 4817 Meeting – June 18-21

Cohort Systems will participate in the NATO STANAG 4817 Custodial Support Team (Multi-Domain Control Station) Meeting hosted by Northrup Grumman in El Segundo this June 18-21.  Participants from various NATO and PFP countries will be meeting to continue the development of the 4817 standard that is based upon STANAG 4586 and the recommendations from NATO NIAG SG-157 and SG-202.

23 Apr

Ontario-China AI and Robotics Collaboration Workshop, May 2 Toronto

Cohort has been invited to attend the Ontario-China AI and Robotics Collaboration Workshop this May 2.  The event will be held in the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre at 250 Yonge Street Toronto.  Presentations will be made by leading researchers and industry collaborators from China and Ontario. The objectives of the workshop are to discuss and identify potential collaboration opportunities in: AI and Robotics research and commercialization, and research and innovation partnerships between Ontario and China.  The sponsors for this Workshop are the Research Talent and International Collaborations Unit of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science; and the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.

06 Apr

2018 Canadian Armed Forces Outlook

The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) is co-sponsoring the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Outlooks this April 10-12 and representatives from Cohort Systems will be attending.    The CAF Outlooks are an opportunity to learn the goals and plans of Canada’s top Military leadership.  Access is available to members of the armed forces, government employees; and members of CADSI.   This year the event will take place at the Shaw Centre (formerly Ottawa Convention Centre) located at 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.

 

03 Apr

Autonomous Vehicle Summit – Brookstreet Hotel – Kanata

April 4th Cohort will be attending the 3rd Annual Autonomous Vehicle Summit at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata.  This event is presented by the Kanata North Business Association and Invest Ottawa, in partnership with the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE). The one-day conference will include a series of panels, industry experts and keynote speakers with participants from industry, academia and government.

27 Dec

The ESC Partnership formed for Perimeter Security market in the MENA Region

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.

12 Dec

Development of Unmanned Patrol Vehicle

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.

01 Nov

Cohort Joins ASIS International

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.

01 Oct

Unmanned Canada Conference and Trade Show, Toronto

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 info@cohortsys.com should you wish to have a meeting with a representative from Cohort while we are attending the Unmanned Canada Conference.

01 Oct

Security Canada International Security Conference and Exposition

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 info@cohortsys.com should you wish to have a meeting with a representative of Cohort while we are in Toronto.

25 Sep

ASIS Conference in Dallas

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 info@cohortsys.com should you wish to have a meeting with a representative of Cohort while we are in Dallas.

15 Sep

NATO MDCS Meeting in Warsaw Poland

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.

31 Aug

ASIS Conference in Dallas at the Kay Bailie Hutchinson Convention Center

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 info@cohortsys.com should you wish to have a meeting with a representative of Cohort while we are in Dallas.

15 Aug

Advanced Physical Security Solutions to be Delivered to the MENA Region via new Cohort Partnership

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.

04 Aug

Summer Shutdown

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 info@cohortsys.com and someone will get back to you with 24 hours.

31 Jul

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Profiled in Vanguard Magazine Technology Watch

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=

15 Jun

Framework for Natural Landmark-based Robot Localization

‘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 info@cohortsys.com with ‘Framework for Natural Landmark-based Robot Localization’ in the subject line, or access it through IEEE Xplore.

16 May

CANSEC 2017 – Canada’s Global Defence and Security Trade Show

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 info@cohortsys.com should you wish to have a meeting while we are at CANSEC.