Canon deploys SoftBank’s robot vacuum to U.S. workplaces

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Canon Solutions America has partnered with SoftBank Robotics to expands Canon’s workplace health solutions with the introduction of a robot vacuum.

Whiz combines autonomous navigation technology with Whiz Connect cloud connectivity and integrated analytics. The partnership said this will enable smarter, cleaner and healthier working environments.

The robot vacuum is powered by BrainOS, a cloud-connected AI software platform for building, deploying and supporting commercial autonomous robots at scale. The solution is already serving commercial spaces spanning office complexes, connected campuses, and healthcare systems.

Canon added Whiz’s unobtrusive visibility, HEPA-equipped cleaning, and data-confirmed results are integral for the cleanliness priorities of the modern workplace.

Brady Watkins, senior vice president of SoftBank Robotics America, said:“Our alliance with Canon Solutions America speaks to the speed and scale of demand for robotics under the reinvention of what it means to share and trust indoor space.

“It’s a new era for the workplace, one where robotics, automation, and data are helping to safely welcome people back. As one of the largest distributors of workplace solutions, Canon Solutions America is uniquely positioned to integrate continuous, connected, clean technologies into existing ecosystems and enable a successful return to work.”

The Whiz solution will join Canon’s existing workplace health solutions which includes welloStationX, Check-In Online and Parcel Pending by Quadient.

“We are pleased to be partnering with a leading technology organisation, SoftBank Robotics, to expand our existing Workplace Health Solutions portfolio, while offering our customers peace of mind that their office space will be frequently and efficiently cleaned and connected for near-time insights to help facilitate the return to the workplace,” added Peter P. Kowalczuk, president of Canon Solutions America.

“We look forward to continuing to expand this portfolio by offering new, innovative technology and solutions in the robotics space to our customers.”

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