A remote controlled mini-robot developed by Tel Aviv-based ODF Optronics Ltd. will be manufactured and distributed by Northrop Grumman (NYSE NOC) subsidiary Remotec, Inc.
ODF's EyeDrive is an observation and surveillance system, essentially a platform on wheels with 5 cameras which can view and record a dangerous location, while being controlled from a distance.
Clinton, Tennessee-based Remotec president Mike Knopp said that the EyeDrive is lightweight and durable enough to be thrown through windows, over fences or into other hard-to-reach locations.
Under the agreement, Remotec will be the exclusive worldwide manufacturer, and sole provider of ODF’s Eye-Drive mini-robot in the US and Canada. Both Remotec and ODF produce an array of combat-proven robots.
The EyeDrive includes a touch screen operator control unit featuring ODF’s Point ´n Go navigation system, which allows the user to touch a location on the control unit’s panoramic view to direct the robot. The mobile robot has a video motion detection system to provide early automatic alerts of significant events.
ODF Optronics president and CEO Josef Fishman said, "The agreement with Northrop Grumman is considered by ODF as a major step toward successful introduction of ODF products to the North American and global strategic markets.”
ODF Optronics products are in use by military, police and government agencies in the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Israel. The company also develops and produces customized special-order products for Special Forces.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global security company with 120,000 employees.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on June 29, 2009
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