The Estonian SME has specialized on developing autonomous snow removal and cleaning robots. The company intends to revolutionise the street cleaning while reducing the labour cost and maximising the service availability and working time flexibility.
Clean, healthy cities attract inhabitants, tourists and businesses which in turn helps to create more employment opportunities and higher-paying jobs. But as the population is aging and working-age population is becoming more educated, the cleaning industry is facing a widespread worker shortage. While the service providers are struggling to compete on wages with other industries, the rising labour cost also puts increasing pressure on the public clean-up budgets.
In colder cities, the snow clearing is an additional burden for the budgets while snowfall is usually accompanied by a surge in demand and service delays. As the service providers use manual labour and expensive machinery, they face the same problem each year– while there is constant snowfall, it is impossible to be everywhere at once.
The developed robots are the long-term low cost/high productivity alternative to human labour automating the time-consuming and tedious cleaning tasks. They are also 10x cheaper to make than traditional cleaning machines and snow ploughs. This allows specialized areas such as university campuses or residential neighbourhoods to have dedicated on-site robots. Their sensors can detect snow fall enabling them to start working as soon as it starts snowing. Through continuous work, they provide cleanliness 24/7 at a sustainable cost.
Due to light weight they are universally applicable to areas with low weight tolerance (e.g. glass surfaces, solar panels and brick pavements). The robots have various cleaning modes, including interchangeable parts for clearing leaves and dust in sweeping season as well as for snow removal and slip control in winter season. Therefore, the same robot can drive maximum utility in all seasons and from versatility in services.
The desired cooperation types:
- Pilot partners and potential customers are sought after to test the technology in operational environment under commercial agreement with technical assistance. This includes smart city test areas, science and business campuses with innovation-friendly environment, etc.
- Additionally, they are looking for technical cooperation with weather forecast companies to provide APIs (application program interfaces) for sending input for robot to start working when snowfall starts.