ROS expert will donate 10% of ROS Consulting revenues to support Open Source Robotics Foundation.
(Kitchener, ON, Canada – April 21, 2015) Clearpath Robotics today announced the launch of ROS Consulting, a service offering that provides support and advice to corporations undertaking research and development initiatives using the Robot Operating System (ROS). Ten percent of revenues from the program will be donated to the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) by Clearpath in an effort to ensure that ROS remains free and available to robotics developers around the world.
A longstanding leader in the open source community and an early adopter of ROS, Clearpath Robotics is capable of recognizing how to best leverage ROS for enterprise-level research and development projects. The company specializes in system architecture, driver development and maintenance, and ROS-based product development and training. Clearpath’s ROS Consulting program offers flexible contracts to customers.
“We have used ROS and offered ROS support for our products since Clearpath’s inception,” said Julian Ware, General Manager for Research Products at Clearpath Robotics. “We help organizations advance their research and development projects, so it was a natural progression that we offer our ROS expertise to growing organizations in a way that will benefit the open source community as a whole.”
ROS is a flexible framework for writing robot software. Most of the ROS libraries are open-source and available for the public to use and enhance, thus assisting in the steady advancement of robotics development. Customers who engage in Clearpath’s ROS Consulting program are encouraged to share their development back into the open source community.
“I’m not sure which is greater: Clearpath’s commitment to the open source ROS community, or their expertise in developing, deploying, and servicing ROS,” according to Brian Gerkey, CEO at Open Source Robotics Foundation. “Clearpath was the first field robotics company to fully adopt and support ROS and we are very pleased to support their launch of ROS Consulting.”
The Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) is an independent non-profit research and development company with a mission to support the development, distribution, and adoption of open source software. OSRF encourages open source software (including ROS) to be used around the world for robotics research, education, and product development. The ROS ecosystem today consists of tens of thousands of users worldwide, and hundreds of robots, working in domains ranging from tabletop hobby projects to large industrial automation systems.
For more information about ROS Consulting, visit www.clearpathrobotics.com/ros-consulting.
About Clearpath Robotics
Clearpath Robotics Inc. is a global robotics company dedicated to automating the world’s dullest, dirtiest, and deadliest jobs with intelligent service robots. The Company provides robot hardware, software and services to enable robot development, deployment and operation. Clearpath works with over 500 of the world’s most innovative brands in over 40 countries, serving markets that span industrial materials handling, mining, military, agriculture, aerospace and academia. Clearpath is an award-winning company with recent awards, including Robotics Business Review Top 50 Company, Edison Award for Innovation, Business Insider Top 40 under 40, and Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Visit Clearpath Robotics at www.clearpathrobotics.com.
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