Foster-Miller acquires robotics companies

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Foster-Miller, a Qinetiq North America company, has purchased Pittsburgh-based robotics companies Automatika and Applied Perception. The transaction will close upon receipt of government regulatory approvals.

‘Both Automatika and Applied Perception have tremendous technologies that will benefit from collaboration with an industry leader like Foster-Miller,’ said Dr. William Ribich, president and CEO. ‘We are optimistic that joining forces will allow us to lead the way in the development of the next generation of robotics for the military, industrial, and energy markets.’

Based in Greater Boston, Foster-Miller is the largest provider of man-transportable robots to the US Department of Defense and recently delivered its 1000th TALON robot to the US military in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Automatika provides invention, design, system prototyping, and product manufacturing for a variety of automated and robotic systems used in military and civil defence, oil and gas exploration, remediation and utilities inspection.

Applied Perception creates standardised perception, planning, and control software and development tools to support the navigation of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). Applied Perception’s software is JAUS (Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems) compliant and interfaces with radar and laser object detection systems, omni-directional cameras, and global positioning systems (GPS).