Skyline Robotics today announced that it has received its first patent for Ozmo, its robotic window-cleaning system. Singapore awarded the patent, which includes the system's design as well as how it operates. Skyline said it has filed its patent in nine jurisdictions globally, with Singapore being the first to independently evaluate and validate the company’s innovations.
“As this is our first patent awarded, it is a big milestone related to the uniqueness of our technology,” said Michael Brown, chairman and CEO of Skyline Robotics, in a press release.
“It also means our method of implementation will now be protected, starting in Singapore, with the belief that more patent awards will be coming on a global scale,” he added. “This is a foundational proof that our team, our company provides innovation in a way that others never have.”
Ozmo could disrupt window washing
Skyline Robotics described itself as a “deep tech robotics and automation company.” New York-based Skyline claimed that, as “the world’s first high-rise window-cleaning robot,” Ozmo is disrupting the $40 billion window-cleaning industry as a safer and more efficient alternative to manual operations. The startup said it aims to protect people by automating all types of work at heights.
Ozmo combines artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision with advanced robotics and sensors to tackle pressing industry challenges including labor shortages and worker safety, according to Skyline. The robot can wash windows up to three times faster than manual processes, without putting workers at risk, it explained.
In addition, since Ozmo is operated by humans, it is not replacing human window washers, but it is accelerating a future where humans and robots work together, asserted Skyline.
Skyline Robotics sets its sights high
Skyline Robotics noted that its first patent comes as it is in the midst of a global expansion.
The first Ozmo robots have been deployed in New York in partnership with Platinum Inc. Skyline has already performed work at 10 Hudson Yards, 383 Madison Avenue, 825 3rd Avenue, and 7 World Trade Center.
“Skyline’s advancements in automated window cleaning are having a transformational effect on the entire window washing industry,” said James Halpin, CEO pf Platinum. “From New York City to other leading cities around the globe, the company is using artificial intelligence to manage facade health while making the industry safer.“
Moving forward, Skyline said it aims to bring Ozmo to buildings across the world.