Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MAY 6, 2020: Northstar Robotics (Northstar) today announces the launch of its partner program designed to accelerate autonomous innovation for industrial sectors, including snow removal, agriculture and turf management. The company has developed a complete platform for autonomous technology that is currently in use at a major international airport, and is now working with partners to deploy its technology across multiple industries.

According to Shawn Schaerer, Chief Executive Officer of Northstar, the timing was right for this launch. “Facing rising costs and a general shortage of skilled labor, industrial customers are demanding greater productivity without sacrificing safety,”…


BetaKit, Dec 10, 2019 — Blackberry and Ottawa-based SaaS accelerator L-SPARK have announced the six companies in the second cohort of their joint accelerator program. The program has officially begun and will run for four months.

“This cohort will demonstrate how the leadership of BlackBerry can be leveraged to power the rest of the Canadian ecosystem.”

Launched last year, the partnership between L-Spark and BlackBerry is aimed to help tech startups scale their businesses and bring new products to market using BlackBerry’s QNX technology. The startups selected to join the next accelerator cohort will receive free licences and training with…


Excerpt from https://airport-world.com/auto-pilot/

Otto the snowplough

Winnipeg Richardson International Airport in Canada is home to ‘Otto’, the first autonomous snow plough in North America.

The plough is the result of a partnership with Manitoba companies Northstar Robotics Inc and Airport Technologies Inc (ATI), and is able to clear snow by following pre-determined routes.

It will, however, only be used in “less complex areas” of the airport while further research and development takes place.

Otto is able to operate autonomously using Northstar Robotics technology while the plough itself is equipped with 3D LIDAR and RADAR that can sense its surroundings and…


CTVNews.ca staff with a report from CTV’s Manitoba Bureau Chief Jill Macyshon

A first-of-its-kind snowplow has been unveiled in Winnipeg, and no driver is required.

Winnipeg Richardson International Airport showed off its autonomous snowplow, nicknamed “OTTO” on Thursday. The new snowplow is expected to make airport runway snow clearing safer and more efficient.

“We use GPS to guide the vehicle up and down the paths we want to maintain and we use sensors like LIDAR and radar to sense around it,” Shawn Schaerer of Northstar Robotics said.”If there’s something in front of it, it stops.”

The plow can go from driver operated to driverless with the flick of a switch. Winnipeg Airports…


A snow-loving robot will soon join the ranks of the Winnipeg Airport Authority’s runway maintenance team.

On Oct. 3, the WAA announced plans to add an autonomous snow plow to its fleet through a partnership with Headingley’s Northstar Robotics, and Airport Technologies Inc. out of Portage la Prairie.

“We’re really pleased to be partnering with two Manitoba companies to do something that has never been done,” said Barry Rempel, WAA president and chief executive officer.

This is the first time autonomous technology is being applied to snow clearing at an airport in North America. The project — which will see…

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