Re­conRobotics, Inc. has an­nounced that it has ac­quired Xollai LLC, a sys­tems engi­neer­ing firm with a broad base of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty in au­to­mated guid­ance tech­nol­ogy, op­tics-based au­ton­o­mous con­trol sys­tems, and im­age pro­cess­ing and recog­ni­tion. Xollai was the 2011 win­ner of the pres­ti­gious “Ar­chi­tect of De­fense” award given an­nu­ally by the Min­nesota-based De­fense Al­liance, which rep­re­sents more than 85 re­gion­ally based de­fence in­dus­try or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“We have a strong his­tory of lis­ten­ing to cus­tomer re­quire­ments and suc­cess­fully pro­vid­ing them with sub­limely sim­ple and ro­bust so­lu­tions,” said Alan Big­nall, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Re­conRobotics. “This strate­gic ac­qui­si­tion will give us ac­cess to tech­nolo­gies that solve un­met needs in our cur­rent mar­kets as well as en­tirely new so­lu­tions in ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing, im­age pro­cess­ing and un­manned aerial sys­tems. We are ex­tremely ex­cited about the strength of the Xollai engi­neer­ing team and their in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty port­fo­lio, each of which meshes per­fectly with our stated goals of tech­no­log­i­cal lead­er­ship and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion within au­ton­o­mous sys­tems.”

“In a short pe­riod of time, Re­conRobotics has cre­ated an en­tirely new class of po­lice and mil­i­tary ro­bots that has rev­o­lu­tionised tac­ti­cal op­er­a­tions,” says Robert Malecki, Co-founder and CEO of Xollai. “Our tech­nolo­gies hold sim­i­lar ground­break­ing po­ten­tial in en­tirely new sec­tors and we are de­lighted to now be work­ing with Re­conRobotics to suc­cess­fully com­mer­cialise these so­lu­tions for a world­wide mar­ket.”

Re­conRobotics plans to fully in­te­grate Xollai into its prod­uct engi­neer­ing and de­sign op­er­a­tions by the end of April 2012, and main­tain Xollai’s cur­rent head­quar­ters in Saint Paul, Min­nesota.

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