Ikotek | September 30, 2022
Ikotek, the leading IoT original design manufacturer (ODM) and electronics manufacturing service (EMS) provider, is announcing expansion of its executive management team with industry veterans and continue their aggressive growth plans for the company.
Headquartered in San Diego, USA, Ikotek offers a one-stop-shop for IoT solutions across design and development, hardware build, testing and verification, product validation, software development, manufacturing and certification delivering high quality products and services to reduce complexity, speed up time to market, eliminate risk and reduce costs. The company has already designed, manufactured and shipped millions of IoT devices since its inception.
Ikotek, the only US-based global ODM with a pure IoT focus, combines end-to-end design consultancy across program management, R&D, sourcing, testing and production at its own as well as third party manufacturing facilities to produce designs for our customers. With a wide variety IoT projects in progress, such as asset tracking, dash cameras, PDAs and handhelds, point of sale (POS) devices and hardware for smart grid and metering deployments, Ikotek’s core focus is on the enterprise market as it looks to develop solutions to take full advantage of IoT at scale.
Led by Chief Executive Officer, Joe Peterson, who has more than 27 years of diverse experience across cellular and IoT industries in the US and international, Ikotek has gathered a team of industry veterans to amplify its vision of becoming the world’s most trusted IoT ODM. Recent additions to the US-based executive management team include:
Bill Leunis, the Vice President of Finance, who brings extensive experience in finance, operations and general management in manufacturing and EMS organizations. Previously, he has headed Finance in divisions of large multi-national corporations ranging in size from 500 to 20,000 people. In addition, he has served as CFO of a company, leading all aspects from its acquisition to IPO for eight years after going public.
Tim Newberg, the Vice President of Sales for the US and Canada, has joined with more than 25 years of experience and leadership in the wireless, broadband, consumer electronics and massive IoT industries. From hardware and software strategy to product marketing, sales and business development he has held senior executive positions at companies including Texas Instruments, Broadcom, Sequans, Rootmetrics, Polte and Sercomm.
Steve Burrington, the Head of North America Engineering, is a 25-year veteran of large and medium-sized wireless product development teams. Previously he served as Vice President of Engineering at CalAmp for the company’s telematics products. He has extensive experience of getting a diverse range of products to market, via organic development and JDM partnerships. In addition, he has held Vice President of Engineering roles at Netgear and Sierra Wireless.
These additions to the Ikotek management team have been supported by hires across the business and Ikotek now has more than 350 dedicated R&D employees and continues to add employees on a weekly basis.
“We’ve seen an incredible uptake of new customers over the last year and we’re excited to bring our unique ODM capabilities and advantages to customers,” said Peterson. “Supporting our customers with quick time-to-market, leading IoT industry expertise and cost-effective services and solutions is critical during a time where digital transformation is growing across all industries. To help manage growth, commercial excellence and new customers, I’m thrilled to welcome these three leading IoT and ODM capacities to our management team. We aim to serve our customers with local experts in North America and Europe and APAC so we can ensure that Ikotek is close to our customers and has local understanding of their needs.”
Ikotek targets mid-market IoT customers in response to increased demand for the design and build of products. The company’s ethos is to give customers a competitive advantage, through cost reductions and enable substantial savings to be achieved on their device design, manufacturing and certification costs. In addition, Ikotek is focused on taking customers’ projects from idea to market in record breaking time. In less than three months, Ikotek has provided end-to-end ODM services that took a complex IoT device to market including design, development and manufacturing.
“Ikotek exists to turn our customers’ device dreams into IoT reality,” Peterson added, pointing out the ways in which the company can help are listed on www.ikotek.com. “We’re keen to become customers’ indispensable partner in taking their innovations from concept to high volume product launches across global markets.”
Ikotek is The IoT ODM. With a wide variety IoT projects currently underway, our core focus is on the enterprise market as it looks to develop solutions to take full advantage of IoT. We cover technologies from cellular connectivity, including NB-IoT and 5G, to satellite connections and from well-established IT to relative newcomers such as artificial intelligence IoT (AIoT).
Velodyne Lidar | September 29, 2022
Velodyne Lidar, Inc. announced a multi-year agreement to provide its lidar sensors to Stanley Robotics for an automated valet parking solution. The innovative service uses autonomous handling robots to help car parks to improve the customer experience and increase the number of vehicles that can be stored.
Stanley Robotics is working with Velodyne’s Puck and Velarray M1600 lidar sensors to provide perception and navigation capabilities that enable its all-electric Stan robot to operate autonomously and safely. The sensors provide real-time 3D perception data for localization, mapping, object classification and object tracking. Velodyne’s power-efficient sensors support Stan robots in a wide range of challenging environmental conditions, including varied temperature, lighting and precipitation.
The Stanley Robotics automated valet parking solution equipped with Velodyne sensors is already in operation in airports and finished vehicle logistics in Europe and Japan, with further deployments expected in 2023, including North America.
“High-performance sensors are key to enabling our autonomous mobile robots to reliably navigate and maneuver in narrow parking lanes, Velodyne’s lidar sensors deliver the performance for Stanley Robotics’ innovative solutions. This agreement reflects Velodyne's ability to serve the unique nature and high-level requirements of our use cases. This partnership with Velodyne also provides Stanley Robotics privileged access to best-in-class technology in the field of lidar sensors.”
Mathieu Lips, COO, Stanley Robotics
“Stanley Robotics is transforming logistics for vehicles with its autonomous mobile robot technology,” said Laura Wrisley, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Velodyne Lidar. “Equipped with Velodyne’s lidar sensors, Stan robots provide the precision needed to safely move, park and deliver cars where and when customers need them. This advanced system aligns with efficiency and sustainability goals of car park operators, parking cars in dense blocks and relieving the need to add costly new parking areas.”
Stanley Robotics is partnered with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) to deliver business opportunities in Japan and Asia-Pacific and collaborate on future industrial projects. The initiative combines Stanley Robotics’ advanced expertise in autonomous mobile parking robots and MHI’s industrial power. Also, MHI invested in Stanley Robotics technology to accelerate the delivery of value to customers.
Transforming Car Parks with Advanced Technology
Using the Stanley Robotics parking service, equipped with advanced autonomy technology utilizing Velodyne’s lidar, drivers leave their vehicles at a dedicated drop-off/pick-up area where the robot takes the car to a secure parking area not open to the public. When customers return, the car is waiting in the designated area, providing drivers with significantly enhanced convenience. The Stanley Robotics automated valet parking service, powered by Velodyne’s lidar, enables efficient use of limited parking space at airports, shopping malls and more, fitting more vehicles in a single line just centimeters apart. Car parks can then increase the number of cars in a given area by up to 50 percent.
About Velodyne Lidar
Velodyne Lidar ushered in a new era of autonomous technology with the invention of real-time surround view lidar sensors. Velodyne, the global leader in lidar, is known for its broad portfolio of breakthrough lidar technologies. Velodyne’s revolutionary sensor and software solutions provide flexibility, quality and performance to meet the needs of a wide range of industries, including robotics, industrial, intelligent infrastructure, autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Through continuous innovation, Velodyne strives to transform lives and communities by advancing safer mobility for all.
About Stanley Robotics
Stanley Robotics is a deep tech company that combines hardware and software to provide solutions for outdoor logistics. The technology lies in a robot lifting and moving cars autonomously and in an intelligent storage management software. Robotics has transformed indoor logistics (e.g., in warehouses), resulting in a spectacular increase of productivity. Stanley Robotics’ ambition is to bring this transformation to outdoor logistics with their proprietary technologies. Founded in 2015, the SME is headquartered in Paris, France, and is also behind the world's first outdoor robotic valet parking service.
RoboSense | September 29, 2022
RoboSense, a world-leading provider of Smart LiDAR Sensor Systems announced XPENG G9 equipped with two RoboSense second-generation Smart Solid-state LiDARs (RS-LiDAR-M1). On September 21, XPENG Motors held the “G9 Flagship SUV Immersive Experience” online launch event and officially launched XPENG G9. XPENG G9 is positioned as “the world’s Fastest-Charging electric SUV”. It achieved a breakthrough and went going from development of “independent functions” to “global intelligence”.
G9 further demonstrates XPENG’s innovation in the field of intelligence. From the early functions of autonomous parking, voice control to driver assistance, G9 uses XPENG’s second-generation ADAS, XNGP, equipped with two RoboSense second-generation smart solid-state LiDARs, to realize full-scenario intelligent driver assistance.
The sensing system of the X Version of G9 uses 31 sensors. In particular, two RoboSense second-generation smart solid-state LiDARs are deployed under the headlights on both sides of the vehicle, covering 180° horizontal view, effectively reducing the size of vertical blind spots and thus tackling various complex driving scenarios in urban areas more effectively. This greatly improves the intelligent driving experience of G9, enabling it to run gracefully in the bustling traffic in urban scenarios.
With two smart solid-state LiDARs to boost performance, XNGP ADAS integrates new-generation visual perception and sensor fusion technologies, more powerful computing algorithms and decision-making and planning capabilities, which will achieve full coverage of daily driving scenarios including highways, urban expressways/main trunk roads/sub trunk roads, parks roads and parking lots and connect points such as high-speed toll stations, parking lot gates, etc. to become an advanced intelligent driver-assistance system that meets the daily commuting needs.
In accordance with strict passenger vehicle automotive-grade standards, RoboSense second-generation smart solid-state LiDAR has passed a series of reliability tests and fully meets the safety, reliability, service life and other requirements of XPENG G9 in high-speed and urban complex road scenarios.
With its leading technological strengths in the field of LiDAR, RoboSense has obtained design wins for more than 50 models from companies including XPENG, Great Wall Motor, BYD, FAW Hongqi, GAC AION, ZEEKR, WM Motor, Lotus Cars, Lucid Motors, Inceptio Technology and Zhito Technology. RoboSense will always pursue technological innovation and keep promoting the large-scale production of smart vehicles.
RoboSense (Suteng Innovation Technology Co., Ltd.) is a world-leading provider of Smart LiDAR Sensor Systems. With a complete portfolio of LiDAR sensors, AI perception and IC chipsets, RoboSense transforms conventional 3D LiDAR sensors with comprehensive data analysis and interpretation systems.
About XPeng Inc.
XPeng is a leading Chinese Smart EV company that designs, develops, manufactures, and markets Smart EVs that appeal to the large and growing base of technology-savvy middle-class consumers. Its mission is to drive Smart EV transformation with technology and data, shaping the mobility experience of the future.