Clean technology is revolutionizing our world, and Canadian entrepreneurs are leading the way.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, has announced investments of $55.1 million in 20 clean technology companies across Canada through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
This funding will support small and medium-sized companies that are developing innovative solutions to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lessen the environmental impacts of conventional mining methods and support more sustainable agricultural practices.
Among the 20 companies receiving SDTC investment this week is Advanced Intelligent Systems (AIS). The Burnaby-based autonomous robot startup received $400,000 for their outdoor cart puller and post harvesting robots.
AIS creates customized and modular robotics solutions to automate business processes in industries such as horticulture, agriculture, health care, retail, restaurant, manufacturing, and warehousing.
AIS’ autonomous robots have the intelligence to perform repetitive or dangerous tasks with exceptional dexterity and precision.
As an example, last year AIS developed a robot to perform hands-free UV disinfection without human intervention.
The autonomous robot can map large-scale environments to navigate to interest points, and perform various disinfection tasks using UV technology. AIS’ mobile UV disinfection robot will help provide critical support to hospitals, senior care facilities and the health care workers dealing with safety and resource issues during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.