Autonomous enterprise-grade video collaboration robot unlocks new applications for telepresence
BEDFORD, Mass., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire – iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, today announced that the company’s Ava 500 video collaboration robot is ready for delivery in the U.S., Canada and select European markets through select certified Cisco resellers.
iRobot Ava 500 offers a whole new level of telepresence to the enterprise. The remote user gets the “better than being there” benefits of telepresence plus a physical presence through complete freedom of movement. The easy-to-use, self-driven robot allows people to use video to see and be seen while collaborating in environments that would otherwise be difficult or impossible from afar, including hallways and manufacturing floors. With the benefits of telepresence, Ava 500 helps globally dispersed teams work more closely together without the need for costly and time-consuming travel, enabling increased collaboration between executives, managers and employees. With Ava 500, more work gets done, more collaboration takes place and more relationships can be built. A complete hardware and software solution, Ava 500 brings together iRobot’s autonomous mobile robotics platform with Cisco’s telepresence solutions. It provides enterprise-class security, reliability and scalability.
“Since announcing a joint marketing agreement and alliance with Cisco to bring Ava 500 to market in June, iRobot has completed a beta program and field trials at various sites, including Fortune 500 companies,” said Youssef Saleh, senior vice president and general manager of iRobot’s Remote Presence business unit. “We have also made great strides by establishing a sales channel that is ready to provide training and installation services. iRobot is committed to continuing its work with Cisco and its channel partners to bring Ava 500 to customers worldwide.”
“We are pleased to see iRobot achieve this important milestone,” said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group. “For truly amazing things to happen, video needs to be available everywhere—on every pane of glass, in every meeting space, and in all the spaces in between. The combination of Cisco TelePresence, Cisco wireless networking and iRobot autonomous mobility will help customers collaborate in new ways. This solution demonstrates a level of innovation that we believe is going to be critical to the next wave of growth in the collaboration industry.”
Among those who participated in the Ava 500 beta program is Bayer.
“As a large company with facilities across the globe, technologies like Ava 500 offer several advantages to our business in terms of cost savings and productivity,” said Dr. Michael Graefenstedt, vice president BU Polyurethanes and Head of Commercial Business Development EMEA/LA at Bayer. “From my office in Germany, I was able to use Ava 500 to manage and collaborate with U.S. colleagues in a way that would have necessitated expensive travel otherwise. Having experienced a physical presence in the meeting and the advantage of “walking around” with colleagues at their offices, I believe this technology holds great promise for how business will be conducted on a global scale moving forward.”
iRobot Ava 500 is ideal when freedom of movement and physical presence are needed to achieve an even more personal degree of remote collaboration. It holds potential for a wide range of applications including: