The Rajant Corporation hosted the Greater Philadelphia Autonomy Summit for robotics startups and stakeholders last week at its new headquarters in Malvern, writes Roberto Torres for Technical.ly Philly.
The company that makes a wireless communication platform for autonomous vehicles and drones employs around 100 people between its offices in Downingtown and Malvern. Half of them are already at the new, 28,000-square-foot space, with everyone expected to move into the new headquarters by the end of summer.
The company also expects to hire about 50 employees throughout the coming year.
“Rajant started as a three-person company in Wayne,” said CEO Robert Schena. “Our offices weren’t as big as the lobby area.”
The robotics summit presented several interesting innovations, including a battery-swapping station made by Asylon called DroneHome. This allows drones to swoop in, have a fresh battery pack installed, and be quickly on their way again.
In his keynote speech, Jonas Cleveland – co-founder of Cognitive Operational Systems, Inc. (COSY), a spinout company from the University of Pennsylvania – provided a bright outlook on the future of robotics.
“Our desire to communicate with each other is central to all innovations,” said Cleveland. “Automation and robotics can never take that away from us but can, perhaps, facilitate it.”
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