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Global Partnership Announcement

[October 11, 2023 - Toronto, Canada and Melbourne, Australia] Bern Grush, Executive Director of the Urban Robotics Foundation (URF), is pleased to announce that URF is now a Global Partner of the Robotics Australia Group, expanding the global reach of our stakeholder community and strengthening both organizations.

Robotics Australia Group is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2020 to serve as the voice for the robotics industry in Australia.

According to Nicci Rossouw, board member and CEO of the Robotics Australia Group, "This partnership will provide strategic introductions and deployment opportunities for our members and help to raise global awareness of the Robotics Australia Network".

For Lee St James, Managing Director of the Urban Robotics Foundation, "This new partnership will enhance the value of membership in both organizations. Members will have an opportunity to learn from each other with access to the latest research, whitepapers, webinars and podcasts. In addition, members will receive a 20% discount on event registration fees and publications from the partner organization."

According to Sue Keay, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Robotics Australia Group, "We are committed to building a sustainable robotics industry in Australia by supporting the entire robotics ecosystem, from the companies [that are] building robots to those researching and developing new technologies, robotics educators and enthusiasts, and the companies looking to adopt robots and robotics-related technologies." For more, visit:

About URF:

URF is a global, membership-supported non-profit collaborative with headquarters in Toronto, Canada. Their goal is to help prepare cities and public facility operators for the arrival of Public-area Mobile Robots (PMRs) by sharing best practices and building a global network of people focused on learning how PMRs can contribute to improved livability in urban ecosystems. Use cases for PMRs include last-mile/sidewalk delivery, property maintenance, safety/surveillance, follow-me, personal assistance, etc.

As part of their work, URF is drafting a new global technical deployment standard: ISO-4448 Intelligent transport systems: PMRs and automated pathway devices (expected to be published by ISO starting in 2024). URF is also writing a series of three publications that will help prepare municipalities and public facilities for pilot testing and deployment of PMRs and other mobility innovations: an Executive Guide, Discovery Guide, and a Project Guide.

URF offers webinars, workshops, and advisory services to help maximize the promised benefits of these technologies and help stakeholders anticipate and minimize any unintended consequences during pilot testing and early deployment.

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