So you're ready for robotics, here we are

The Robotics Centres are where clients come to build end to end unmanned solutions to their challenges. We accomplish this by having dozens of different outdoor unmanned systems for land, sea & air which are all from different manufacturers, coupled with the ability to integrate them into an existing IT structure or create a new structure. The Robotics Centres sell the hardware, software, training, maintenance, and data solutions or simply do the work for the client as a contractor. We also provide comprehensive counter-drone solutions for government and industry.

Our Headquarters is in Ottawa, Canada. We have established our first regional hub in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which is the Robotics Centre Middle East. Additional Robotics Centres will be established in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

From robots to software, data capture and movement, sales, training and service, the Robotics Centres are the future of robotics solutions
Looking for a robotics solution? Simply tell us what you need and we search our client list to find the best match. At our state of the-art robotics facility in Riyadh, you get hands-on experience testing the hardware as well as the software applications resulting in real life experiences you cannot get from a brochure.

Why we Love our Military People

The Robotics Centre has veterans from a wide variety of countries and backgrounds, including former commissioned and non-commissioned officers from Logistics, Special Operations Forces, Intelligence, Army Aviation, and we’ve even got a former fighter pilot.

They join us with little robotics or business experience, so why are roughly half our people ex-military?  Well the simple answer is, we hire them for the ethos that the military instills — loyalty, teamwork, focus on completing complex tasks, self-reliance, the ability to work anywhere, and grace under pressure.  Military people have learned to take care of each other and they know how to lead.  They are also never shy to speak up and to tell you when they think you’re making a mistake — and they usually give you a solution at the same time.

As we grow, we will continue to infuse the Robotics Centre with these fantastic people.

We love robots, and we love the people who make them.  Your inventiveness, your engineering skill, and your dedication move the world forward.

For Robotics Manufacturers

If you are a small robot shop with a cool machine, here’s how the Robotics Centre wants to work with you:

  • We buy one or two of your machines, we send someone to train on them, and we introduce them to our government and industrial clients
  • If your machine is complex, we may ask for one of your engineers to accompany us — don’t worry, we will pay
  • If the customer buys a few, we will work with you and them to make sure it’s doing what they need it to do, e.g. integrate it into their IT network
  • If the customer buys a lot, we will set up an in-country training system and a workshop where we can maintain and repair the systems
  • We buy the systems from you, and we sell them to our clients. Yes, we mark up the price; but we also deal with complex government procurement, performance bonds, insurance, shipping, export controls, and all the other administrative clag that a small company is not set up to deal with

Here is what we do

  • We give you exposure, marketing support, sales support, and visibility at trade shows
  • We give you feedback and advice on your system from the point of view of an experienced customer
  • We help integrate your system into a wider unmanned systems fleet
  • We bring you directly to end-users who trust us
  • We help develop product sets using the data your robot is capturing

Here is what we don't do

  • Invest in companies. We bring the best robots we can find to our customers, and we can only do that if we are free to choose the best robots. So we don’t invest, sorry.
  • Demand exclusivity. We believe that we have to earn the right to sell your equipment, so we will ask for exclusivity only once we have proven ourselves
  • Sign non-compete clauses. Again, we look for the best robots we can find, and therefore we need to work with robotics companies that may be in competition with each other

Our Free Advice

We have worked with a lot of start-up robotics companies over the years, and we have a lot of experience working with them as they have grown.  Frankly, we have seen many of them make the same mistakes.  So, for what it’s worth, here’s some advice offered in the spirit of friendship:

  • At some point, companies from all over the world will start calling you, asking for exclusive sales rights for a country or even for an entire region.  Don’t do it!  Not early in the process, anyway.  Make sure that any company that wants to be your rep is serious about investing its time and money into making sales.  Ask them what other robotics firms they rep and then call those companies.  And make sure that any exclusive sales rights you do give a company have a time limit and/or performance objectives clearly outlined.  Never, under any circumstances, should you give away the rights to an entire region.
  • The days of a robotics company inventing every bit of its system are over.  Or at least they should be.  Specifically, don’t try to design and build your own communications architecture, batteries, or payloads unless one of those things is your speciality.  There are smart engineers in other companies – use them.  Buying a payload, for example, from a company that just makes payloads might be expensive, but will cause you much less pain in the long run than trying to build one yourself.
  • If it’s a flying machine and you might want military clients, then paint it light grey.  Then get stickers, or “skins”, to customize the livery for any other client.
  • Don’t fall into the trap of testing in the same environment all the time.  You need to replicate how the end user will deploy the system, and the best way to do that is to go to as many different places as you can and use it under the most realistic conditions possible.  Remember that just using your robot is only part of the user experience — charging it, shipping it, getting the data off it, etc. are all central parts of the user’s experience.
  • As you move from the prototype or early production stage into higher volume production, you will see variances in various components from your suppliers. Batch 2 of a component may be slightly different than was batch 1.  Try to take this into account in your engineering process and design so that a slight variation in a component doesn’t cause you significant problems either from a performance, safety, or production perspective.
  • In a similar vein, please remember that every component you ship with your system will be seen by the customer as part of your system, even if you didn’t build it.  So if you ship your system with a tablet computer, for example, make sure its a good one.
  • You might be brilliant engineers (and we hope that you are), but brilliant engineering alone does not build a company.  You need to get your robot right, but if you ignore finance, marketing, business development, & manufacturing, then you won’t get much beyond the prototype stage.  Find someone you trust with some business experience and get that person involved.
  • Our final bit of advice may seem obvious, except that we have yet to find a new robotics company that didn’t get it at least a bit wrong.  And that advice is…make sure everything works the way you say it will all the time.  Until everything works, do not try to sell it.  We know you’re under pressure to get those first sales and to put some money back into the company, but customers are not forgiving and any problem in their hands will cause you a lot more pain than the same problem back in your lab.
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Aeryon SkyRanger

The benchmark for VTOL sUAS
The Aeryon SkyRanger™ sUAS, airframe and integrated platform, is based on successful customer exercises and missions around the world. Ideal for commercial, public safety and military applications, the SkyRanger offers:
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Up to 50 minute flight time
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Single operator transport and deployment, no launch or recovery equipment
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Reliable flight performance in demanding environments and high winds
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Integrated payloads and software solutions
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Continuous eyes-on-target
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Operations in confined or hard-to-reach environments
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Low-risk launch and retrieval without peripheral equipment

GRIFF Heavy Lift

Quality meets Innovation
The models in the GRIFF fleet share a number of core innovations and benefit-enhancing features that truly distinguish these UAS from the competition.
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Ultra Strong, Ultra Light Construction
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Dependable Performance – Whatever The Weather
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Flexible, Modular Design
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SAL™ – Switch And Lock System
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Carbon-Fibre Propellers
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Quality And Reliability
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Inflight Updates

C-Astral

Advanced Aerodynamics
The C-Astral line is appropriate for operations where real-time or near real time video observation and surveillance capability is of utmost importance.
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Flight range up to 150 km
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Video/Datalink range up to 40 km
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No radar signature
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Wind resistant up to 30 knots
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Camera, Altitude, and Target prosecution guidance modes
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Carbon / KevlarTM / VectranTM Construction
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Catapult takeoff
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Accurate Parachute Landing in a 30mx30m zone

DeepTrekker ROV

Simplistic Sophistication
DeepTrekker ROV is based on the principle of bringing a portable, affordable, and easy to use solution to anyone that wants to look underwater.
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Lightweight, low-drag tether
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Patented pitching system
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Fully integrated viewing & control
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360 degree viewing
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Portable solution
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Built to last

DeepTrekker Utility Crawler

Submersible Multi-function Vehicles

Work underwater up to 50m (164ft), all with live video streaming to the surface. The Utility Crawler is your go-to tool for a multitude of remote inspections, with application-specific add-ons for pressure washing, vacuuming, thickness testing, and more both above and below the water.
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Compact for transportation and extremely portable
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Up to 8 hours of work in a single 1.5 hour charge
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Work underwater up to 50m (164ft), all with live video streaming to the surface
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Skidless steering and zero turning radius
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Earth magnets allow the DT640Mag to climb in almost any direction on ferrous materials

DeepTrekker Pipe Crawler

Bringing Innovation To Pipe Inspections
Introducing the world’s only truly portable, battery-operated pipe crawler system. That’s right, everything you need comes in only two carrying cases, no more dedicated trucks or complicated systems; you can deploy from anywhere in under 5 minutes.
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Lightweight handheld control console
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Strong but thin tether
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Pivoting tether connection
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Depth rated to 50 m (164 ft), requires no topside power
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Perfect for water pipe and sewer pipe inspections

Seamor Chinook

An industrial grade inspection ROV
The CHINOOK is an industrial grade inspection ROV with a wide range of capabilities. Explore depths of 300 m (1,000 ft) with the standard vehicle or 600 m (2,000 ft) with the deep water version. A true workhorse, the CHINOOK offers a stable platform yet remains compact. With its small profile, the CHINOOK can operate in tight places and is easily stowed when not in use. Multiple handles and frame cross members allow two people to handle this ROV with ease.
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Intuitive controller
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High-resolution color, zoom camera
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Integrated controller with LCD monitor & Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
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Depth-rated to 300 m (1000 ft) or 600 m (2,000 ft) with deep-water model
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Up to six (6) powerful thrusters
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Auto depth, auto heading functions
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Leak detection warning system
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Tether-launchable

The DroneGun

Highly Effective Drone Countermeasure
DroneGun provides a safe countermeasure against a wide range of drone models. It allows for a controlled management of drone payload such as explosives, with no damage to common drones models or surrounding environment due to the drones generally responding via a vertical controlled landing on the spot, or returning back to the starting point (assisting to track the operator).
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Allows for an up to 2km coverage, in a wide range of environmental conditions
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Rifle shape with a backpack, one person operation
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No technical training for set up or use required
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Immediately ceases video transmission back to the drone operator
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Drone remains intact and available for forensic investigation

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Location

Robotics-Centre
225 Marché Way
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5J3 Canada
+1 (613) 883-8280
main@robotics-centre.com