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Pipedream and Curiosity Lab Team Up to Launch World’s First Underground Logistics Network

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Peachtree Corners has launched the world’s first below-ground autonomous robot delivery system with Pipedream, an underground logistics network.

The new delivery system will bring consumers faster, more autonomous, efficient and cost-effective transportation channels.

Peachtree Corners is the first city to launch and install the underground logistics solution, aiming to eliminate emissions and congestion issues in the current delivery infrastructure.

The system’s installation in Peachtree Corners spans almost one mile and connects a shopping center to the heart of Curiosity Lab’s 25,000-square-foot innovation center.

Curiosity Lab members will be able to order food from a handful of restaurants and select convenience items on-demand, Monday through Friday, during peak lunch hours.

Pipedream’s logistics network uses a physical, underground infrastructure where delivery robots travel back and forth to transport food, packages, groceries, household goods and more.

The autonomous robotics system offers several benefits to city residents and businesses, such as eliminating carbon emissions, reducing traffic congestion, minimizing vehicular accidents, and providing faster delivery of goods.

“We are proud to be the first city in the world to implement and utilize Pipedream’s technology–leveraging its potential to transform logistics as we know it while delivering real commercial benefits and quality of life improvements in our community,” said Brandon Branham, Assistant City Manager and CTO of Peachtree Corners.

This development adds to the city’s ‘world-firsts’ and continues to highlight the city as a blueprint for smart cities across the United States.

The future-forward approach and agile leadership in embracing public-private partnerships enable innovative companies like Pipedream to integrate their solutions into the city.

“Pipedream is about embracing innovation to put the needs of communities first. With this first real-world installation we have proven that underground delivery is not only possible today but easy to retrofit,” said Garrett McCurrach, CEO of Pipedream.

Watch a video of the technology in action here.

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Axon Accelerates Real-Time Operations Solution with Strategic Acquisition of Fusus

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Real-time crime center

Axon, a leader in connected public safety technologies, announced it has acquired Fusus, a pioneer in real-time crime center (RTCC) technology.

This news builds upon a successful strategic partnership launched in May 2022, marking a decisive leap forward in Axon’s mission to Protect Life.

This acquisition also further catalyzes Axon’s growing presence in retail, healthcare, private security and the federal space.

Fusus excels in aggregating live video, data and sensor feeds from virtually any source, enhancing situational awareness and investigative capabilities for public safety, education and commercial customers.

This acquisition provides Axon with technology not currently in its existing network, and facilitates seamless connections to critical data sources such as camera locations and video feeds from both fixed and body worn cameras during incidents.

Fusus’ technology propels Axon’s real-time operations product roadmap, addressing critical challenges faced in public safety.

It empowers law enforcement professionals with location mapping, escalation alerts, livestreaming, real-time and post-incident visibility, allowing swift decision-making, and responsive actions.

“Throughout our long-standing partnership and investment with Fusus, we’ve witnessed the impact of collaboration in achieving remarkable results for law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve,” said Ran Mokady, Axon’s Senior Vice President of Real-Time Operations.

“This acquisition is a significant milestone in our mission to protect life as it further enables law enforcement and emergency teams to better deter and respond to escalating situations,” he added.

“Our collaboration with Axon has helped Fusus raise the bar on how first responders can affect positive outcomes through open and interoperable systems,” said Chris Lindenau, CEO of Fusus.

“As one team with a shared purpose to protect life, we are poised to rapidly expand this vision into the way law enforcement agencies, governments, businesses and schools work together in support of community safety,” he explained.

Real-time crime centers provide public safety with a centralized facility equipped with advanced technology and data analysis tools that enable law enforcement agencies to monitor and respond to incidents in real time.

These centers can integrate various data sources, such as cameras, sensors, social media feeds and other information systems, to provide a comprehensive and immediate view of ongoing criminal activities or emergencies.

Ultimately, by aggregating all of this information into a single pane of glass for public safety, real-time crime centers enhance situational awareness, improve response times and support proactive crime prevention efforts by leveraging up-to-the-minute information and analytics.

To learn more about how real-time crime centers can increase safety in any environment, see Axon’s latest blog post.

“Real-time crime centers serve as indispensable assets for agencies, offering unparalleled insight and actionable intelligence in one open and unified platform,” said Marshall Freeman, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the Atlanta Police Department.

Just like Axon, Fusus and its products are built from the ground up with an explicit focus on ethical and equitable design.

As a joint organization and in partnership with Axon’s Ethics and Equity Advisory Council (EEAC), they will continue their relentless commitment to build solutions that make the right things easier and the wrong things harder, every day.

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Axon was advised by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Fusus was advised by Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in connection with the transaction.

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Peachtree Corners Startup to Participate in Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit Pitch Competition

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Twenty startup companies worldwide, including Peachtree Corners-based Hypercell Technologies, will participate in a live pitch competition.

Grow-NY, the largest global food and agriculture business competition, will host its two-day Food & Ag Summit on Tuesday, Nov. 14, and Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Binghamton, New York.

Twenty startup companies worldwide, including Peachtree Corners-based Hypercell Technologies, will participate in a live pitch competition. Seven winners will be selected to receive a combined total of $3 million in prize money, including a top award of $1 million.

This year, 323 startups from around the world applied for the competition. The 20 finalists were selected in August and have since been matched with a mentor who will lead them through the business development phase of their startup plan.

During the live pitch, each finalist will receive 10 minutes to present their business plans, with the remaining 10 minutes set aside for questions from the panel of judges.  

The Summit will feature an Ecosystem Expo and educational symposium, including thought-provoking panel discussions and fireside chats with industry leaders, startup founders and key players in food and agriculture.

The Summit is designed for startups, companies, investors, resource providers, researchers, entrepreneurs and students interested in food production, sustainability and environmental growth.  

Attendees and finalists from the competition will have the opportunity to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, industry players, potential investors and other resource providers internationally, creating a space that fosters collaboration, adaptation and innovation.

The Symposium sessions will offer advice to startups while exploring the most significant issues facing our food systems, such as the benefits of digital agriculture on small farms, innovations in the dairy industry and the impact of climate-friendly technology systems.

“Through the Grow-NY Effect, upstate New York’s food and farming community has made an impression on a global audience as an ecosystem committed to innovation, economic development, and resilient food systems,” said Jenn Smith, Program Director, Grow-NY.

The awards ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the SUNY Broome Culinary & Event Center, during which the winners of the $1 million top prize, two $500,000 prizes, and four $250,000 prizes will be revealed.

Attendees have the option to participate in the Summit in person or virtually.

To register for the Summit and learn more about the competition and its finalists, visit grow-ny.com. The symposium sessions, which will occur on both days of the Grow-NY Summit in between the dynamic, live finalist pitches, can be viewed here.

Registration is now open. All-access in-person admission is $65 and $25 for students. Group discounts for school trips or community organizations are available, and no one will be turned away due to the inability to pay. The full pitch competition and symposium panels will also be broadcast live online, and virtual attendance is free of charge.

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Deliveries May Soon Come from Driverless Carts

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The City of Peachtree Corners, one of the nation’s first smart cities powered by real-world connected infrastructure and 5G, recently announced that Clevon, a global autonomous delivery leader, is joining the city’s Curiosity Lab ecosystem.

Clevon develops and manufactures autonomous robot carriers that make last-mile delivery more innovative, environmentally friendly and efficient. The company’s autonomous robot carriers (ARCs), powered by T-Mobile connectivity, are designed to collect orders at warehouses, retail stores, dark stores and micro fulfillment centers. They then deliver those goods to people and businesses around the city, according to a press release.

“It was only fitting to bring our second major operation here in the United States to one of the most advanced smart city environments in the world at Peachtree Corners,” said Sander Sebastian Agur, Clevon’s chief executive officer in a press release. 

“A future-forward environment like this — complete with city-owned smart infrastructure, T-Mobile’s best-in-class network and opportunities to interact with connected vehicles and people and businesses — is invaluable to our continued efforts to optimize autonomous robot carrier operation, including how they will navigate through real-world situations,” Agur continued.

City officials agreed that Clevon’s partnership with Peachtree Corners is another fitting example of how Curiosity Lab is fulfilling its goal of growing technology, modernization and sustainability without costing local taxpayers anything.

Big step in delivery robot technology

Peachtree Corners Assistant City Manager Brandon Branham, who’s also chief technology officer, said that most people only know about the small delivery robots that are currently on the market. They drive on the sidewalk and only go about three or four miles an hour. 

“This is a big change from that. It’s about the size of a golf cart. It is large and goes about 20 miles an hour. Its delivery range is further extended versus the traditional sidewalk robot,” he explained.

Clevon’s ARCs operate on U.S. public roadways and are purpose-built for delivering multiple shipments during a single trip, according to the company.

Although Peachtree Corners residents have seen many interesting inventions in recent years, this will be among that ones that aren’t just in the infrastructure or in the background. They will be interacting with the technology firsthand.

“What they’re testing here is integration into the network because they just made a partnership with T Mobile — how does the delivery service start to integrate with the network, the different areas of the network?” said Branham.

“Obviously, the Curiosity Labs environment can bring a lot for testing on the network because of the trees and the curves and the hills,” he added. “That’s why they brought it here to test versus some of the other T Mobile headquarters.”

The goal is to first do that testing and then to start to integrate the actual delivery side of it. “We’ll work with a couple of the local restaurants who will use the system to deliver food for event meetings and such,” said Branham. 

How it works

The autonomous vehicle is loaded with the delivery at site. It can carry up to six individual deliveries inside its box. When it reaches the destination, the recipient enters a code and retrieves the package, similar to a post office box or Amazon locker.

Although the concept appears perfect for large operations, it’s scalable to small businesses as well. Clevon’s fully electric ARCs have customizable configurations to fulfill a multitude of business needs and offer an efficient and timely customer delivery experience.

The robots can reduce failed deliveries, carbon emissions, cost of delivery per customer and stolen packages. Clevon brings a secure, on-demand and extremely energy-efficient delivery service that has proven itself in all-weather conditions on multiple continents.

There’s currently one prototype in town, but Clevon has other locations with entire fleets. It may just be a matter of time before package delivery has a different face.

Clevon’s U.S. headquarters is set in Fort Worth, Tex., and it operates in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) region. Learn more at clevon.com, or through the company’s social media pages on Flickr, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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