National Center for Defense Robotics Announces Receipt of Federal Government Army Contract Award

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Industrial Mobile Robotics Company Will Work on Project to Advance Technology

The Technology Collaborative

The grant from the NCDR will enable us to characterize Seegrid's low cost, machine-vision-driven navigation and localization system in outdoor, GPS denied, environments

The National Center for Defense Robotics (NCDR), an initiative of The Technology Collaborative, today announced that it recently awarded a subcontract totaling $480k to Seegrid Corporation, an industrial mobile robotics company, based in Pittsburgh.

"The grant from the NCDR will enable us to characterize Seegrid's low cost, machine-vision-driven navigation and localization system in outdoor, GPS denied, environments," commented Scott Friedman, Seegrid CEO. "This effort leverages the same technology that powers our commercial industrial mobile robots, which perform autonomous navigation for material handling applications in warehouses, distribution centers and manufacturing facilities--all indoor GPS denied environments. If successful, we believe this project will lead the way to providing a game-changing disruption to the simplicity, affordability, reliability, and ruggedness of semi-automated, and automated ground vehicles for the military. In effect, we hope to provide the same "disruption of practicality" we are now bringing to the commercial material handling industry."

A goal of the NCDR is to forge joint ventures and partnerships among companies, universities, and Government organizations across the country in order to drive innovation. The funding toward this project will give Seegrid the means to work towards commercialization of a new product.

Project Description:
Funding for this initiative was provided by the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) of Warren, MI under Prime Contract No. W56HZV-08-C-0701 for the program entitled, "R & D of Intelligent Ground Systems (IGS) Robotics".

This prime contract was awarded to the National Center for Defense Robotics for specifically funded Work Directive(s) Projects for various Robotics Technologies. The Seegrid project is the first one awarded under the terms and conditions of this contract.

The project entitled, "Low Cost Navigation for GPS Denied Environments for Robotics Systems", subcontracted to Seegrid Corporation based in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA will characterize a low cost, machine-vision-driven localization system to provide a reliable and precise framework for localization in outdoor, GPS denied, environments. The machine-vision-driven localization system localization accuracy goal shall be that equivalent to localization accuracies of DGPS navigation systems having GPS satellite signals available. Seegrid shall characterize and demonstrate the system on a street legal mobile platform using navigational sensors in urban environment settings.

About The Technology Collaborative (
The Technology Collaborative (TTC) is a not-for-profit, member-driven, technology-based economic development organization focused on starting, attracting, and growing robotics, cyber-security and digital technology companies. Funding from federal, state, foundation, and member organizations supports our various programs to develop and commercialize technology, subsidize education and training, recruit world-class talent, incubate and mentor early-stage companies, and facilitate networking. TTC works with other regional economic development organizations to implement an end-to-end strategy for transitioning technology from the Commonwealth's universities into commercial products that are designed, engineered, produced, marketed and sold by companies based in Pennsylvania.

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