ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND – 1 JUNE 2018 /GLOBE NEWSWIRE/ – Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX-V: PNG) (OTCQB: KRKNF) (“Kraken” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has been notified by the Government of Canada that the Company’s SeaVision® underwater 3Dlaser imaging system has been pre-qualified for the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP). This is the second BCIP application that Kraken has had pre-qualified by the Government of Canada.
President & CEO Comments
Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO, said, “We are delighted with our second pre-qualification within the BCIP program. We believe that Parks Canada will test SeaVision® on marine archaeology projects, including further expedition work in the Arctic on the Franklin ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. We anticipate this pre-qualification will convert into a contract in the near future.”
Update on Kraken’s First BCIP Pre-Approval
Kraken’s first BCIP pre-approval was for the ThunderFish® 300 autonomous underwater vehicle, which will be tested by Defence Research & Development Canada. The Statement of Work has been agreed to by both parties, and the Company is awaiting the final contract for ThunderFish® 300 to be issued by Public Services and Procurement Canada. Kraken expects that both ThunderFish® 300 and SeaVision® will be delivered to the two testing departments during 2018.
About the Build in Canada Innovation Program
The Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) helps Canadian companies of all sizes move their state-of-the-art goods and services from the laboratory to the marketplace. Through the BCIP, companies can sell their pre-qualified innovations to the federal government as their first reference sale. After testing a company’s innovation, federal departments provide feedback on the innovation’s performance in an operational setting. The program pays up to C$500,000 for non-military innovations and up to C$1,000,000 for military innovations. For more information, please visit: http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/app-acq/picc-bcip/ppicc-abcip-eng.html#s1.
SeaVision® is an underwater 3D laser imaging system designed to be fitted to remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles. The system delivers dense full colour 3D point cloud images of subsea infrastructure with millimetre accuracy in real time. These datasets create highly detailed models for 3D visualization that are uploaded to the cloud to support complex machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms used for analytics. The ability to automate defect recognition and predict accurate change detection of underwater assets is an important requirement for commercial, military and ocean research applications. SeaVision simplifies creating dynamic digital models of physical assets and systems. This helps build and operate digital twin applications to gain knowledge and insights about performance of future operations.
Industry analysts Markets and Markets forecast that the 3D scanner market is expected to grow from US$3.4 Billion in 2015 to almost US$6 Billion by 2022. The demand for 3D scanners is expected to increase owing to the growing need to capture large volumes of three-dimensional data for modelling and analysis. The laser 3D scanner is expected to hold the largest share of the 3D scanner market between 2016 and 2022 owing to its ease of usage and availability.
About Kraken Robotics Inc.
Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX.V:PNG) (OTCQB: KRKNF) is a marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems. The company is headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland with offices in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Bremen, Germany; and Fairfax, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.krakenrobotics.com, www.krakenrobotik.de, www.krakenpower.de. Find us on social media on Twitter (@krakenrobotics), Facebook (@krakenroboticsinc), and LinkedIn.
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