Adds to Existing $57.9M IDIQ Contract for Sustainment Activity across All FLIR Unmanned Ground Systems

ARLINGTON, Va., January 26, 2021 ― FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced it has received an additional $30.1 million contract from the United States (U.S.) Army for sustainment efforts tied in part to the service’s Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc. II) and Common Robotic System-Heavy (CRS-H) ground robot programs. The award raises the maximum value on the company’s existing Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to $88 million, covering maintenance, parts and overall sustainment support for the entire FLIR unmanned ground systems family of small, medium and large robots used by the Army.

“We’re proud to be supporting the U.S. Army on two vital programs of record designed to confront a new generation of threats on the battlefield,” said Tom Frost, VP for Unmanned Ground Systems in the Unmanned and Integrated Solutions business at FLIR. “From the Kobra™ and Centaur® platforms to our smaller PackBot® and FirstLook® robots, we are well positioned to provide high-quality, cost-effective sustainment efforts over these systems’ lifespan and deliver lifesaving robotic technology to America’s warfighters.”

In 2019, the Army selected the FLIR Kobra robot as its CRS-H platform. The five-year production contract is worth up to $109 million to build upwards of 350 unmanned ground vehicles. In November, the Army announced it had begun fielding CRS-H. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams will use the system to perform a range of missions, such as disarming vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices and other heavy-duty jobs. Modular payloads can be added for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) detection and other tasks.

In 2017, the Army selected the medium-sized Centaur robot as its MTRS Inc. II solution. FLIR is delivering systems under that multi-year program of record, valued at more than $150 million upon award, including options. Since then, other U.S. military branches have opted to deploy Centaur as well.

Over the last year, FLIR has announced multiple orders totaling nearly $100 million for more than 750 Centaur unmanned ground systems from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. In addition to its use for bomb disposal efforts, Centaur operators can quickly attach different sensors and payloads to the robot to address other missions, including CBRN threats.

For more on FLIR Unmanned Ground Systems platforms, visit www.flir.com/UIS/UGS.

About FLIR Systems, Inc.

Founded in 1978, FLIR Systems is a world-leading technology company focused on intelligent sensing solutions for defense and industrial applications. Our vision is to be “The World’s Sixth Sense,” creating and advancing technologies to help professionals make better, faster decisions that save lives and livelihoods. For more information, please visit www.flir.com and follow @flir.

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CADILLAC UNVEILED AT THE VIRTUAL CES 2021, ITS VTOL CONCEPT IS AN ALL-ELECTRIC

During General Motors’ (GM) CES 2021 keynote, it showed off a new series of concept products under the Cadillac brand. The concept is made up of a passenger VTOL drone and an autonomous car to get you and your friends to and from locations and drones.

While it has yet to happen, a number of companies are expecting commuters to take the skies in the coming years. Count Cadillac among them. Unveiled at the virtual CES 2021, its VTOL concept is an all-electric, fully autonomous single-seat drone.

While these are just concepts and will likely not represent the finished product, they are still great to see. Seeing electric autonomous cars and drones from a company as large as GM is an important step to helping the world move into an electric and driverless future.

 

Carina Leagues Club enhances social wellbeing with Milestone & Facial Recognition solution

Carina Leagues Club needed a better system for identifying individuals who had chosen to exclude themselves from licensed gaming venues to curb their gambling behaviours. They turned to systems integrator, Boss Surveillance Systems, a Milestone Platinum partner based in Queensland, to provide a sustainable solution.
The business challenge – to curb excessive gambling
Carina Leagues Club is a unique environment, with bistro, gaming, function, food and kitchen areas. Within it is a busy space open up to 22 hours per day and a lot of commercial activity, the Carina Leagues Club board required ‘every inch of the space’ to be covered by video cameras.

As General Manager Doug Wakefield describes, a big reason for the deployment is the fact that staff need to be protected from legislations which require them to recognise individuals who place themselves on the self-exclusion list for gambling. The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing in Queensland holds licensed clubs officially responsible for upholding the rules of the self-exclusion list, which in turn places the responsibility back on front-desk staff to recognise individuals as they enter the premises.

Self-exclusion is a voluntary program designed to curb damaging behaviours in individuals who have trouble with excessive gambling, and to promote responsible gaming. It applies to both online gambling sites and gaming venues, and offers a means for individuals to make sure they do not place themselves in situations where they are likely to lapse, and overspend on gaming machines or sports gambling.

As part of the free program, individuals can choose which venues, casinos or websites to be excluded from, then sign a deed listing the venues they agree not to enter for a minimum period. If venue staff see them in the gaming area of the venue, they will report the individual to the program and ask them to leave. At the end of the agreed period of the deed, the individual can choose to self-exclude for another period or apply to re-enter the gaming area of a venue.

Clubs are therefore held responsible for ensuring that individuals on the list adhere to the rules. They are required to recognise listed individuals as they enter the venue and ensure they do not breach the guidelines they have set for themselves. In some cases, an individual might be on the list for up to five years, which makes policing of these rules difficult for staff.

We need to protect our staff, as well as the best interests of these individuals, and we decided that the best way to go about that was using facial recognition at the front door.
General Manager Doug Wakefield
The Milestone Systems solution
Carina Leagues Club had previously chosen to work with Boss Surveillance Systems, after mixed experiences with other service providers. They chose Boss due to the integrator’s willingness to go the extra step, and present solutions about what is actually possible, rather than stopping at standard security installations and trying to count every cent. Boss Surveillance Systems were also chosen as the integration partner for this project due to their specialisation and wide-ranging experience in large-scale video deployments.

For their part, Boss had been working with Milestone’s XProtect platform for a number of years, having recognised that the open platform allowed for greater scope and flexibility with deployments, and allowed them to successfully integrate a greater number of solutions for their customers.

Imagus software was chosen as the facial recognition platform for the deployment, mainly due to the solution’s ability to pick up on lower quality images such as when a patron is moving towards a doorway outside the club, and in low-light areas. The Imagus software platform, owned by Vix Vizion, also has a deep integration with the Milestone platform, and an extensive portfolio of successful co-deployments. In this particular instance, the ability to recognise an individual the very moment they enter the premises is critical to giving staff an instant warning and allowing them to uphold the rules at the front desk.

The solution also required high-quality cameras to render the best possible images for the virtual environment. As Milestone is an open platform, Boss Surveillance was able to select the best partner for this project and chose to use Axis Communications devices, due to their superior image quality, they are able to provide in a wide range of light and other conditions.

Features of the Imagus solution that really sold it to us at Boss Surveillance included the ability of the end user to enrol somebody on their own, which is a really key point, as it allows the customer to go through the data and enrol someone on the system relatively quickly and easily.

The second key feature were the integrated alerts through the Milestone mobile client. This is hands-down the richest feature we have, as there are a lot of managers who need to know when certain individuals have arrived at the club.

Tony Levitt of Boss Surveillance Systems
The Imagus solution automatically identifies listed individuals as they enter Carina Leagues Club, sending an alert to staff via the Milestone Mobile Client, which allows them to discreetly interact with the individual to make sure they follow the rules they have set for themselves.
The integration between Imagus software and the Milestone Systems VMS is integral to the success of the deployment. In particular, the way the rules engine and the notifications work. We need instantaneous alerts – staff cannot be left waiting for five or more seconds to know that somebody has entered, because by then they will already be in the club. The entire solution hangs on the ability of the Imagus software to talk to Milestone’s platform and provide instant feedback.
Tony Levitt, Boss Surveillance Systems
The outcome – improving social safeguards
Following the deployment of Imagus Facial Recognition software on the Milestone XProtect™ platform and coupled with high-resolution Axis Communications video cameras, Carina Leagues Club has a state-of-the-art system capable of protecting staff, helping individuals stay on their self-imposed gambling exclusion programs and generally improving the wellbeing of club patrons.
The strong level of detail that Boss Surveillance brings to any deployment is something we admire and look forward to with each and every project on which we collaborate. This particular deployment exemplifies the wide-ranging potential for integrating high-level software with the open Milestone platform and creating cutting-edge solutions that improve safeguards for society.
Brett Hansen, Country Manager South Pacific at Milestone Systems
  • The customer: Carina Leagues Club
  • The Integrator: Boss surveillance systems – IT based systems integrator specializing in video, access control and facial recognition.
  • Solutions: Milestone XProtect™, Imagus Software
  • Hardware: Axis Communications cameras
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Brand Finance Global 500 Launch: The Role of Tech Brands in Driving Economic Growth

Brand Finance Global 500 Launch: The Role of Tech Brands in Driving Economic Growth

January 26, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Economic growth and technological innovation are historically perceived as concurrent. As we progress through the 21st century, the world is innovating at an increasingly rapid rate, and whereas previous predictions of technological development would be forecast over a 25 to 50-year period, this timespan has now become much shorter.

Nevertheless, 2020 saw the world experience unprecedented economic upheaval, as the health of populations and national economies took substantial blows. The primary focus of the foreseeable future will be to revive the global economy from the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join our webinar alongside a panel of C-suite executives as we discuss how important a role technology brands will play in the economic recovery after a year of turbulence, and how we predict where technological innovations will take brands in the next 5, 10, and 25 years.

Taking place at the time of our usual Davos event, the webinar will launch the Brand Finance Global 500 2021 rreport and present the findings of our annual study into the world’s 500 most valuable and strongest brands across all sectors and countries, as well as the Brand Finance Brand Guardianship Index 2021 ranking of the world’s top 100 CEOs.

To learn about your brand’s performance ahead of the launch, please email enquiries@brandfinance.com. Our Consulting Team is here to help.

Tesla Powerwall Rival Seeks to Bring Hydrogen Into Your Home

 

It’s about the size of Tesla Inc.’s Powerwall, but can store up to three times as much energy over a longer period.

That’s the promise of a new hydrogen-based energy-storage system for homes and businesses being developed by Australian startup Lavo Hydrogen Technology Ltd. The technology, developed with scientists at the University of New South Wales, uses power from rooftop solar panels to produce hydrogen from water by electrolysis. The gas is stored in a metal hydride container and converted back into electricity when needed using a fuel cell.

Australia’s world-beating rooftop-solar take-up rates make it an ideal early market, said Lavo Chief Executive Officer Alan Yu. The unit will go on sale from November, with installations starting in June 2021, subject to final approvals. The company plans to sell 10,000 units a year by 2022.

“Our mission is to try and change the way people live with energy,” Yu said in a phone interview.

Companies and governments are plowing billions of dollars into hydrogen as a potential cleaner alternative to fossil fuels such as natural gas. Still, commercial application of the fuel for use in heavy transportation and industrial processes such as steel-making is still seen as several years away.

At about triple the price of a Powerwall, the Lavo unit’s main selling point will be its ability to store more energy for longer. Each system will initially cost A$34,750 ($24,620) and will be able to hold 40 kilowatt-hours of power — enough to supply an average household for more than two days, according to the company. Tesla’s Powerwall holds about 13.5 kilowatt-hours.

Tesla founder Elon Musk has been critical of moves to develop hydrogen-powered cars, which compete with his own electric vehicles, arguing that hydrogen storage can never be as efficient as a lithium-ion battery. And investors are wary about bold claims for new hydrogen technology after startup Nikola Corp. was accused of misleading statements about its zero-emission trucks.

“Getting from laboratory to commercial-scale deployment is incredibly difficult,” said Jake Whitehead, fellow at the University of Queensland, whose research has examined the challenges of storing hydrogen on a large scale. He said electrolyzers need a lot of power and suggested that many household solar arrays may not generate enough electricity to run the system efficiently.

Lavo’s Yu acknowledged that the higher cost of the system might initially limit interest to energy-technology enthusiasts initially, but he also sees it as a solution for small off-grid rural villages to replace diesel generators or a compact solution for communities and homes cut off from the main grid by natural disasters such as bushfires.

From Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-19/tesla-powerwall-rival-seeks-to-bring-hydrogen-into-your-home

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Razer’s award-winning hardware includes high-performance gaming peripherals and Blade gaming laptops.

Razer’s software platform, with over 100 million users, includes Razer Synapse (an Internet of Things platform), Razer Chroma RGB (a proprietary RGB lighting technology system), and Razer Cortex (a game optimizer and launcher).

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LAVO™ and Nedstack have taken a first step in localising manufacturing hydrogen fuel cells in Australia

LAVO, an Australian technology and lifestyle company powered by hydrogen, and Nedstack fuel cell Technology BV (Nedstack), a world-leading Dutch PEM fuel cell technology manufacturer, today announced the intention to localise production of Nedstack fuel cell production technology in Australia.

  • Parties intend to cooperate on localising the production of Nedstack fuel cell technology for LAVO and other customers across the Australasia region
  • Nedstack is a leading producer of PEM fuel cells with a 20 year track record and a strong, well-established global network that the JV will leverage
  • LAVO has the first and only commercial-ready hydrogen energy storage system, set to be installation ready in mid-2021
  • Manufacturing capabilities are foreseen to be located on the east coast of Australia

Sydney, NSW and  Arnhem, Netherlands – 20 November 2020 – LAVO, an Australian technology and lifestyle company powered by hydrogen, and Nedstack fuel cell Technology BV (Nedstack), a world-leading Dutch PEM fuel cell technology manufacturer, today announced the intention to localise production of  Nedstack fuel cell production technology in Australia.

Based in the Netherlands, Nedstack is a leading producer of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells and fuel cell power systems. For more than 20 years, Nedstack has successfully implemented its technology across infrastructure assets, commercial vehicles and maritime solutions, including the world’s longest running PEM power plant, the world’s first PEM power plant above the megawatt power size and world’s largest PEM power plant in the field today.

LAVO has the first and only commercial-ready hydrogen energy storage system in the world designed for everyday use by residential homes and businesses, called the LAVO System. The LAVO System is set to be installation-ready by mid-2021 and will employ Nedstack PEM fuel cell as a critical component in the LAVO System and future applications still in development, such as its hydrogen-powered bicycle and barbecue.

Together, LAVO and Nedstack’s combined experience, market leading positions and innovative spirit will enable the cooperation to deliver an important boost to Australian manufacturing capabilities and capitalise on consumer demand across the Australasia region for secure, reliable and sustainable energy solutions.

Alan Yu, CEO and Executive Director of LAVO, commented, “We are thrilled to be joining forces with Nedstack to bring market leading fuel cell production facilities to Australia and the broader Australasia region. Through our work together in developing the LAVO System, we have already established a strong relationship with Nedstack and have full confidence in the team as a trusted manufacturing partner. We look forward to continuing to deepen that partnership through our joint venture, leveraging the full strength of Nedstack’s global network and creating additional opportunities for growth.”

Arnoud van de Bree, CEO of Nedstack commented, “We are very pleased to be expanding our footprint into Australia and could think of no better team to do it with than LAVO. Our work at Nedstack revolves around creating global solutions to address the environmental challenges that the world is facing, and LAVO’s innovative hydrogen technology is set to have a real, positive impact. LAVO’s vision for a lower emissions future and the role that hydrogen storage solutions will play is well-aligned with ours, and we are pleased to be coming together to develop the infrastructure necessary to deliver on that vision.”

–ENDS–

LAVO Media contact:

Megan Moore, FTI Consulting

Megan.moore@fticonsulting.com

+61 434 225 643

Nedstack Media Contact:

Ambrose Feukkink, Nedstack Communications

Ambrose.feukkink@nedstack.com

+31 263197674

About LAVO™

LAVO™ is changing the way people live with energy. A hydrogen technology and lifestyle company, LAVO™ designs and manufactures renewable hydrogen energy storage solutions for residential and commercial use. LAVO™ will challenge convention, spark a global conversation and enable a meaningful change in attitudes and behaviours around sustainability, the environment and responsible consumerism. Founded in 2020, LAVO™ Hydrogen Technology Limited was established to fast track the commercialisation of technology developed within the Hydrogen Energy Research Centre cofounded by Providence Asset Group and the University of New South Wales. LAVO is headquartered in Sydney Australia. For more information visit www.lavo.com.

About Nedstack

Nedstack is a Dutch manufacturer of PEM Fuel cell power solutions for heavy duty and long-life applications. Nedstack was founded in 1999 as a spin-out from AkzoNobel and is incorporated in Arnhem, the Netherlands. For more information visit: www.nedstack.com

That’s a wrap on CES 2021 – Show Close

That’s a wrap on CES 2021. The first-ever, all-digital CES showcased the products and cutting-edge technologies that will change our lives for the better in 2021 and beyond.
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