June 28, 2007
TASER International Forms Strategic Alliance with iRobot
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ: TASR), a market leader in advanced electronic control devices, today announced the forming of a strategic alliance with iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT). Under the terms of this alliance the two companies will work collaboratively to develop a new robotic capability utilizing TASER® technologies. This combination of capabilities will allow law enforcement, federal, and military users to employ TASER technology from an iRobot® platform at a safe distance to engage, incapacitate, and control dangerous suspects without exposing those personnel, the suspect, or bystanders to unnecessary risks.
As the first step in this alliance, the two companies have integrated TASER® X26 electronic control device (ECD) technology into the iRobot PackBot® Explorer(tm). This proof-of-concept integration is being shown to Law Enforcement and Military customers to explore customer needs and requirements. The result of these customer interactions will lead to the development of products that may include a full line of TASER kits for iRobot platforms to a family of fully integrated robots.
"TASER International is very excited to be entering into this alliance with a forward thinking and proactive company such as iRobot," said Tom Smith, Chairman of TASER International. "We have been working on expanding the delivery platforms of our proven TASER Neuromuscular Incapacitation (NMI) technology. Integrating our technology with the increasingly necessary capability of remotely controlled or autonomous robotic systems is a natural fit. Further, working on this integration with a company that matches our customer commitment, technical capability, and innovative spirit is very exciting for us and will allow both companies to significantly expand in this market. Stay tuned for what I know will be exciting new product and capability offerings resulting from this collaborative effort."