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ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS AUTONOMOUS UV ROBOT PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE IN DESTROYING SARS-COV-2

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Encouraging Test Results at Western University’s ImPakT Lab Concludes AIS’ UV Disinfection Robot effectively uses Ultra Violet Light to protect against SARS-Cov-2

Advanced Intelligent Systems (AIS), an industry leader in the development of autonomous robotic systems announced today that studies testing the autonomous UV Robot at the Imaging Pathogens for Knowledge Translation (ImPakT) Lab at Western University in London, Ontario, yielded encouraging results in protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

“Having received a third-party approval test from a reputable lab validates the AIS efforts to create a fully autonomous robot for disinfection against Sars-Cov-2 virus. Our team is elated, and we look forward to deploying our robots to help disinfect public areas to reduce infection, ” says Farhang Bidram, CTO of AIS

Study results revealed 99.9999% disinfection of Sars-Cov2 virus in five seconds at a one-meter distance from the robot on two different material surfaces. The ImPaKT Lab is a one-of-a-kind facility combining PHAC certified containment level standards (CL2+ and CL3) with advanced in-vivo imaging modalities. The ImPaKT Centre conducted anti-viral testing against VSV and SARS-CoV-2 with exposed UV light emitted from the AIS’ UV robot. Antiviral effects were measured by viral titer reduction assays after UV light exposure. AIS provided the robot along with full video tutorials on the operation of the equipment. The study results concluded that UV treatment of VSV and SARS-CoV-2 reduced viral titers by 6Logs, a 99.9999% reduction of infectious virus.

“The third-party validation of the efficacy of our robot now allows us to deploy it with full confidence in all venues where people are in danger of being infected. Our Robot As A Service approach makes our products, including Orion accessible to all who wish to deploy it,” says AIS’ CEO, Afshin Doust.

ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RECEIVES StrongerBC AGRITECH GRANT

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Provincial funding granted for companies creating innovation in agriculture to strengthen B.C.’s food security and support economic recovery.

BURNABY, BCAdvanced Intelligent Systems (AIS), a leading custom robotics company, announced today it is a recipient of funding provided by the B.C. government’s Agritech Grant program, for its commercialization of its autonomous robot for the agricultural industry.

“We are honored to be selected to receive a StrongerBC Agritech grant. Advanced Intelligent Systems will help improve food security in British Columbia by creating an indoor, driverless, autonomous electric vehicle to transport produce within greenhouses for processing, packing, and shipping,” says Afshin Doust, CEO of AIS.

 “The pandemic has reinforced the vital role our province’s agricultural sector plays in ensuring that British Columbians have access to safe, reliable, and sustainable food,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “These investments will strengthen our province’s food security, catalyze innovation and ensure the agritech sector will play a key role in our economic recovery.”

The need for labour in the horticulture industry has been steadily climbing, however, finding workers to perform the repetitive and physically demanding tasks in nurseries and greenhouses operations is extremely challenging. AIS’ autonomous robot – with customizable software and modular parts – will provide the industry with an affordable solution.

As part of its inaugural work, the Agritech Concierge will support grant recipient companies to scale up, expand and develop technologies to help increase regenerative and sustainable food production in B.C. It will also facilitate pathways for international and out-of-province companies to locate and expand within B.C. 

AIS is honoured to help B.C. and the Canadian food industry with its autonomous robot, to create and maintain jobs, and strengthen the supply chain.

“We remain fully committed to increasing our food security in B.C.,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. “Agritech is one of the ways to do that, and by supporting agritech businesses and entrepreneurs, we can continue to develop and create a world-leading agritech sector that will help increase our domestic food production, strengthen our domestic resiliency and expand our reach into international markets.”

The Agritech Grant program is part of StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan. The plan focuses on recovery that is innovative, sustainable and inclusive.

 

ABOUT ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS:

Advanced Intelligence Systems Inc. (AIS) is a private company specializing in autonomous mobile robotics to solve real industry problems. Headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, AIS leads the Canadian market for creating customized and modular robotics solutions to automate business processes. The AIS team has superior intellectual property and patents which are currently being applied to develop custom robotic solutions for various industries such as horticulture, agriculture, and healthcare industries. AIS’ autonomous robots have the intelligence to perform repetitive or dangerous tasks with exceptional dexterity and precision. Collectively, the AIS team has decades of experience in robotics engineering, management, and operations. https://www.ai-systems.ca

 

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Debra Hadden | DEBRA HADDEN COMMUNICATIONS | 604.240.3196

ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS PILOTS DISINFECTION ROBOT TO DESTROY PATHOGENS USING ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT

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Robot development was supported by NGen, Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, to quickly develop a high-performing robotic solution in response to COVID-19

BURNABY, BCAdvanced Intelligent Systems (AIS), a leading custom robotics engineering firm that solves industry challenges with modular, autonomous robots, announced today it has successfully launched an ultraviolet light robot to destroy harmful bacteria and viruses in healthcare facilities and combat the spread of infectious diseases in public spaces. The development was made possible by a grant from Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen).

“At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, NGen rallied industry leaders from across the country to help build a domestic supply of critical equipment. Support for organizations like AIS enabled the rapid development of viable disinfecting solutions and demonstrates the diverse manufacturing and technology capabilities that exist here in Canada,” says Jayson Myers, CEO, NGen

“NGen’s support was instrumental: indeed, the future of our country’s economy relies on our capacity to be a world leader in developing and commercializing scientific and technological innovations. We must be innovators,” says Afshin Doust, CEO, AIS.

AIS received $975k in July 2020 from NGen, to develop the made- in-Canada mobile robot. The Grant represents 50 per cent of the total project cost which was $1.95M. The pandemic required AIS to work quickly, and using its modular approach to robotics, AIS was able to repurpose its agriculture-focused robot and software products to create Orion, an autonomous UV robot for hands-free cleaning and disinfection using ultraviolet light, in less than two months.

Orion eliminates harmful viruses and bacteria to reduce hospital-acquired infections and healthcare-associated infections in public spaces such as hotels, shopping malls and airports. The robot can map large-scale environments to navigate to interest points, and perform crucial disinfection tasks using ultraviolet light technology to reduce the spread of infectious diseases.

Orion is currently being piloted at an international hotel chain with locations in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland.  Soon to be deployed commercially, Orion will also help provide critical support to hospitals, senior care facilities and health care workers dealing with health, safety and resource issues during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are very excited to have been able to so quickly develop an alternative to manual cleaning. Our hands-free mobile robot destroys harmful bacteria and viruses, which is so critical now as there is great need for hands-free disinfection to ensure customer safety and confidence, and to manage operational budgets,” says Doust.

One of AIS’ advantages which allows the company to deploy its UV disinfection robot in numerous industries – is its modular design.  AIS has a variety of modules that are interoperable and exchangeable, and enable greater flexibility for robotics consumers. This is especially key now that there are a number of industries that require a hands-free robotic solution for disinfection of patient rooms and public spaces, and to attract patrons back into hotel common areas and rooms.

 ABOUT ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS:

Advanced Intelligent Systems Inc. (AIS) is a private engineering firm specializing in autonomous mobile robotics to solve real industry problems.

Headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, AIS leads the Canadian market for creating customized and modular robotics solutions to automate business processes.

The AIS team has numerous intellectual properties and patents currently being applied to develop custom robotic solutions for various industries such as agriculture, health care, manufacturing, and warehousing.

AIS’ autonomous robots have the intelligence to perform repetitive or dangerous tasks with exceptional dexterity and precision.

Collectively, the AIS team has decades of experience in robotics engineering, management, and operations. https://www.ai-systems.ca

 

ABOUT NEXT GENERATION MANUFACTURING CANADA (NGen):

NGen is the industry-led not-for-profit organization that leads Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster.

Its mandate is to help build world-leading advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada for the benefit of Canadians.

NGen strengthens collaboration among its membership of more than 3,300 manufacturers, technology companies, innovation centres, and researchers. It provides funding and business support to industry-led initiatives to develop, and scale transformative manufacturing solutions in Canada for commercialization in global markets.

NGen also works to attract young Canadians into careers in advanced manufacturing. Learn more at www.careersofthefuture.ca

 

For more information, please contact:

Debra Hadden | DEBRA HADDEN COMMUNICATIONS | 604.240.3196

RICHARD FREEMAN JOINS ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS AS VICE-PRESIDENT OF PRODUCT & OPERATIONS

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BURNABY, BCAdvanced Intelligent Systems (AIS), a leading custom robotics company that solves real world industry challenges with adaptable, autonomous robots, announced today that Mr. Richard Freeman has joined AIS as the VP of Product & Operations.

“Mr. Freeman has a wealth of experience in operations and taking high tech products from development to full commercialization, and we are very excited to have him join the AIS team at this crucial point of growth in our company,” says Afshin Doust, CEO of AIS.

Freeman is a coveted operations and product development executive with more than 30 years experience of successfully building and managing high tech companies. His focus has been on managing leading-edge hardware and software communications solutions and service companies across a broad range of technologies and international markets.

“I am extremely excited to be joining such a vibrant and talented team at this critical juncture in AIS’s growth and look forward to helping the company rapidly realize its goals of becoming a significant global player in custom autonomous robotic solutions in the agricultural and health care industries,” says Freeman.

Freeman’s experience will be crucial to the commercial development, manufacturing, supply chain and marketing of AIS’s autonomous robotic solutions: BigTop, an autonomous mobile robot which provides affordable automation for the horticulture and agricultural industries; and Orion, an autonomous UV robot which eliminates harmful viruses and bacteria, crucial for the healthcare industry.

Freeman will use his vast experience in product development and management toward the successful commercial launch of these robotic solutions, both currently undergoing pilot-testing in-field (BigTop at VanBelle, one of North America’s most progressive nursery operations; and, Orion at airports, hospitals and educational facilities).  His experience in working with both hardware and software solutions will also be extremely valuable as AIS’ autonomous robotic platform consists of physical robotic systems and cyber systems, communicating in real time through artificial intelligence.

ABOUT ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS:

Advanced Intelligent Systems (AIS) is a practical autonomous robotics company that creates affordable, autonomous robots to solve real industry problems. The AIS team has superior intellectual property and patents which are currently being applied to develop custom robotic solutions in the horticulture, agriculture and healthcare industries. AIS’ autonomous robots have the intelligence to perform repetitive or dangerous tasks with exceptional dexterity and precision.

Collectively, the AIS team has decades of experience in robotics engineering, management, and operations. The company is based in Burnaby, British Columbia. https://www.ai-systems.ca

For more information, please contact:

Debra Hadden | DEBRA HADDEN COMMUNICATIONS | 604.240.3196

ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RECEIVES GRANT FROM B.C.’S INNOVATIVE CLEAN ENERGY FUND

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Provincial funding awarded to support clean energy technology that reduces carbon emissions and automates labour-intensive tasks in the horticulture industry

 

BURNABY, BCAdvanced Intelligent Systems (AIS), a leading custom robotics company that creates practical robots, announced today it has been selected to receive $950,000 from the B.C. government’s Innovative Clean Energy Fund (ICE), for its commercialization of its driverless battery-driven cart-pulling system for the horticultural and agricultural industries.

“We are greatly honoured and privileged that Advanced Intelligent Systems has been selected to receive funding from the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund. The ICE grant has been presented to us for the innovation of our driverless battery-driven cart-pulling system for outdoor on-site transportation of carts and wagons in a plant nursery. Our technology will help reduce carbon emissions and automate repetitive and labor-intensive tasks in industries such as horticulture,” says Afshin Doust, CEO of AIS.

 

The need for labour in the horticulture industry has been steadily climbing, however, finding workers to perform the repetitive and physically demanding tasks in nurseries and greenhouses operations is extremely challenging. AIS’ autonomous technology – with customizable software and modular parts – provides the industry with an affordable solution. AIS’s technology helps reduce worker injuries by automating repetitive and labour-intensive tasks in the horticulture industry, while contributing to B.C.’s emission reduction goals.

Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation says AIS’ projects showcase the value of new and innovative clean energy products.

“Through Clean BC, we are supporting made-in-B.C. innovations that will help grow our world-leading cleantech sector and create good jobs,”said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.

 

Since 2008, the ICE Fund has committed $104 million to support pre-commercial clean energy technology projects, clean energy vehicles, research and development and energy efficiency programs, according to the B.C. government. The funding is derived from a levy on the final sale of specified energy products – currently natural gas, fuel oil and propane distribution systems.

 

ABOUT ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS:

Advanced Intelligent Systems (AIS) is a practical autonomous robotics company that creates affordable, autonomous robots to solve real industry problems. The AIS team has superior intellectual property and patents which are currently being applied to develop custom robotic solutions in the horticulture, agriculture, manufacturing, and warehousing industries. AIS’ autonomous robots have the intelligence to perform repetitive or dangerous tasks with exceptional dexterity and precision.

Collectively, the AIS team has decades of experience in robotics engineering, management, and operations. The company is based in Burnaby, British Columbia. https://www.ai-systems.ca

 

ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RECEIVES StrongerBC AGRITECH GRANT

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Provincial funding granted for companies creating innovation in agriculture to strengthen B.C.’s food security and support economic recovery.

BURNABY, BCAdvanced Intelligent Systems (AIS), a leading custom robotics company, announced today it is a recipient of funding provided by the B.C. government’s Agritech Grant program, for its commercialization of its autonomous robot for the agricultural industry.

“We are honored to be selected to receive a StrongerBC Agritech grant. Advanced Intelligent Systems will help improve food security in British Columbia by creating an indoor, driverless, autonomous electric vehicle to transport produce within greenhouses for processing, packing, and shipping,” says Afshin Doust, CEO of AIS.

 “The pandemic has reinforced the vital role our province’s agricultural sector plays in ensuring that British Columbians have access to safe, reliable, and sustainable food,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “These investments will strengthen our province’s food security, catalyze innovation and ensure the agritech sector will play a key role in our economic recovery.”

The need for labour in the horticulture industry has been steadily climbing, however, finding workers to perform the repetitive and physically demanding tasks in nurseries and greenhouses operations is extremely challenging. AIS’ autonomous robot – with customizable software and modular parts – will provide the industry with an affordable solution.

As part of its inaugural work, the Agritech Concierge will support grant recipient companies to scale up, expand and develop technologies to help increase regenerative and sustainable food production in B.C. It will also facilitate pathways for international and out-of-province companies to locate and expand within B.C. 

AIS is honoured to help B.C. and the Canadian food industry with its autonomous robot, to create and maintain jobs, and strengthen the supply chain.

“We remain fully committed to increasing our food security in B.C.,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. “Agritech is one of the ways to do that, and by supporting agritech businesses and entrepreneurs, we can continue to develop and create a world-leading agritech sector that will help increase our domestic food production, strengthen our domestic resiliency and expand our reach into international markets.”

The Agritech Grant program is part of StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan. The plan focuses on recovery that is innovative, sustainable and inclusive.

 

ABOUT ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS:

Advanced Intelligence Systems Inc. (AIS) is a private company specializing in autonomous mobile robotics to solve real industry problems. Headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, AIS leads the Canadian market for creating customized and modular robotics solutions to automate business processes. The AIS team has superior intellectual property and patents which are currently being applied to develop custom robotic solutions for various industries such as horticulture, agriculture, and healthcare industries. AIS’ autonomous robots have the intelligence to perform repetitive or dangerous tasks with exceptional dexterity and precision. Collectively, the AIS team has decades of experience in robotics engineering, management, and operations. https://www.ai-systems.ca

 

For more information, please contact:

Debra Hadden | DEBRA HADDEN COMMUNICATIONS | 604.240.3196

ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RECEIVES SDTC FUNDING FOR DEPLOYMENT OF THE COMPANY’S AUTONOMOUS ROBOTIC SOLUTIONS IN THE AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE INDUSTRY

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SDTC provides $55.1 million in funding to cleantech companies promoting sustainable agriculture technology and supporting the low carbon economy

At Advanced Intelligent Systems (AIS), we have always developed our custom robotics solutions with sustainability and environmental responsibility at the forefront of our business objectives and focus. 

In our efforts to provide a solution for sustainable agriculture technology, we prioritized achieving the right mix of talent and resources, from R&D, through to commercial development of our flagship patented, autonomous mobile robot.  “BigTop” is designed to provide a green, and affordable automation solution for the nursery and agriculture industries. Our focus on green robotic initiatives has been previously recognized and awarded by the Canadian government on multiple occasions, and we are very excited to share that we were awarded funding from  Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), to further progress innovation in clean technology.

Last week, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced investments of $55.1 million in 20 cleantech companies across Canada through SDTC.  AIS was named to the list of recipients developing innovative solutions to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lessen the environmental impacts of conventional mining methods and support more sustainable agriculture technology practices.

“We are thrilled to be selected as one of 20 cleantech companies across Canada to receive funding from SDTC contributing to the global fight against climate change. On a local and national level, we are proud to do our part by providing a green robotic technology that can aid the horticultural and agricultural industries with an affordable and environmentally responsible solution,” says Afshin Doust, CEO of AIS.

AIS’ “BigTop” is automating dangerous and difficult tasks in the horticulture and agriculture industries to help solve a labour shortage, and reduce the carbon footprint of agricultural operations. A suite of these autonomous robots is currently being piloted at Van Belle, one of North America’s largest nursery operations. 

Headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, the AIS team has superior intellectual property and patents which are currently being applied to develop green robotic solutions for various industries such as horticulture, agriculture, health care, manufacturing and warehousing. AIS’ autonomous robots have the intelligence to perform repetitive or dangerous tasks with exceptional dexterity and precision. Collectively, the AIS team has decades of experience in robotics engineering, management, and operations. Advanced Intelligence Systems Inc. (AIS) is a private company specializing in autonomous mobile robotics to solve real industry problems.  https://www.ai-systems.ca

ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS CELEBRATES MILESTONE WITH FORBES TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL

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  • Forbes Technology Council Is an Invitation-Only Community for Executives Leading Their Industry

DECEMBER 4, 2019 

BURNABY, BC – Afshin Doust, CEO of Advanced Intelligent Systems (AIS) – a leading Canadian robotics company whose mission is to create affordable, practical and modular robots for every task – is celebrating his one-year anniversary as a member of the Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only organization for senior leaders to publish original content, connect and excel.

“We are so pleased to have Afshin Doust entering year two as a member of Forbes Technology Council,” said Scott Gerber, founder and CEO of Forbes Councils. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world, and Afshin Doust is an important part of that community.”

“Being an active contributor to the Forbes Technology Council has been very valuable in sharing knowledge and ideas on how to grow a young company with a sophisticated hardware and software technology solution that is poised to provide an affordable solution to innovate traditional industries, such as agriculture. Being able to have an executive forum to learn how other companies at this important stage are moving forward and to share knowledge has been invaluable,” says Doust.

AIS’s first robotics automation solution was in the horticulture industry, with the launch of BigTop: AIS’s flagship autonomous robot which increases efficiency and productivity by performing those repetitive and strenuous tasks dangerous to humans by automating the task of moving and spacing pots. AIS continues to create practical robots and artificial intelligence platforms for applications that will benefit from automation, in a number of industries.

ABOUT ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS:

Advanced Intelligent Systems (AIS) is a practical autonomous robotics company that creates affordable, autonomous robots to solve real industry problems. The AIS team has superior intellectual property and patents which are currently being applied to develop custom robotic solutions in the horticulture, agriculture, manufacturing, and warehousing industries. AIS’ autonomous robots have the intelligence to perform repetitive or dangerous tasks with exceptional dexterity and precision.

Collectively, the AIS team has decades of experience in robotics engineering, management, and operations. The Canadian robotics company is based in Burnaby, British Columbia.

ABOUT FORBES COUNCILS:
Forbes Councils is a collective of invitation-only communities created in partnership with Forbes and the expert community builders who founded Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). In Forbes Councils, exceptional business owners and leaders come together with the people and resources that can help them thrive. More information is available at forbescouncils.com.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Debra Hadden | DEBRA HADDEN COMMUNICATIONS | 604.240.3196