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Ava 500
iRobot Ava® 500
Video Collaboration Robot
Remote Presence for the Enterprise

Add a new dimension to telepresence. Immediately establish a physical presence from a remote location with complete freedom of movement. Gain an unparalleled experience of ‘being’ anywhere in the world.
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Benefits
Benefits
With more globally distributed organizations, rising travel costs, and the increased need for collaboration across an organization, the Ava 500 Video Collaboration Robot promises to change the way business is conducted. This new level of enterprise telepresence, enables you to collaborate more, build more relationships, and get more work done.

Ava 500:
  • Enables immediate flexible scheduling of "face-to-face" meetings
  • Empowers collaboration anywhere in the world
  • Allows for meetings in open areas
  • Provides seamless conversations outside rooms
  • Eliminates the need for costly, time-consuming travel
  • Increases communication and knowledge transfer
  • Supports timely decision-making
  • Enables higher productivity for managers and employees
Applications
iRobot Ava 500 is ideal when freedom of movement and physical presence are needed to achieve an even more personal degree of collaboration within a dispersed workforce. There are a number of different applications where you can use the robot. Download Ava 500 Applications Brochure (PDF)
Managing

Executive Management

Executives increasingly work with geographically dispersed teams. It becomes challenging, time-consuming and expensive to travel to different office locations. Yet face-to-face meetings and conversations are crucial to collaboration, productivity and team morale. With Ava 500, managers can immediately establish a physical presence and manage and work with their team(s) from a remote location, for more dynamic, personal, and productive relationships.
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Collaboration

Open Collaborative Work Environments

More and more, companies are relying on telecommuters and globally dispersed teams to conduct daily business. While this setup offers numerous benefits, it can compromise the ability to efficiently collaborate and engage with colleagues. With Ava 500, at-home and remote workers can do their jobs as if they were sitting with their team, moving from one location to another with full participation.
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Manufacturing

Manufacturing

In today's world, manufacturing often takes place in a locations that are separate from headquarters. Whether the manufacturing plant is just up the road or around the world, it can be challenging for executives to manage it and for clients to visit it. Ava 500 allows a remote user to freely walk to different parts of the manufacturing floor as if he or she was physically present, putting eyes on any issues, delivering immediate insight and enabling timely decisions.
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Supply

Supply Chain and Logistics

Supply chain and logistics management is at the heart of many corporations. While key strategies and decisions are often made back at headquarters, the true day-to-day work occurs in warehouses all over the world. Ava 500 brings remote managers and clients right to the heart of these operations. Managers can interact with employees in their workspaces, and clients can visit multiple locations without making a special trip.
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Lab

Laboratories and Clean Rooms

The important work happening in laboratories and clean rooms sometimes requires interactions with colleagues and experts who are in other rooms or locations, and inspections by clients. Because the cleanliness and integrity of these spaces is paramount, all visitors – whether employees, consultants, clients or others – must take time-consuming measures to prepare for entry. Ava 500 gives access to a laboratory or a pharmaceutical clean room without compromising the environment. Remote visitors and experts can observe the work being done, speak with employees and make immediate decisions.
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EBC

Executive Briefing and Customer Experience Centers

With so many busy schedules, getting the right people to attend executive briefings and tour customer experience centers is not always easy. Ava 500 makes it possible for clients to easily participate in executive briefings, tour customer experience centers and view product demonstrations. It also provides broader access to senior-level executives wherever they are in the world so they can serve as the face of their company during hands-on briefings, strategy reviews, and client relationship-building sessions.
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Data

Data Centers

These days, many companies process and store their data offsite in large data centers. Even if the data center is critical only to the company’s business, it must be carefully monitored and managed. With Ava 500, a remote technician can move around the premises for standard inspections and, in the event of a problem, bring in a manager without the need for an on-site visit. When the information in data centers is directly related to the customers it serves, businesses must accommodate client visits to the data center. Ava 500 makes this possible in the most convenient way possible.
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Call Center

Call Centers

Many call centers are located in a different location from corporate headquarters and, in many cases, in distant parts of the world. This can lead to disconnects between call center workers and management and limits efforts to conduct frequent coaching and training. Ava 500 brings managers and trainers into call centers more frequently and less expensively than via travel so they can establish and maintain a personal connection with call center employees.
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Training

Corporate Training

The most effective corporate training is a shared, hands-on experience revolving around breakout sessions and experiential learning. But bringing such training to life in companies with geographically dispersed or remotely located employees can be quite an undertaking. Ava 500 allows remote experts to deliver in-depth, personal training, and remote participants to be more actively involved in training sessions and breakout groups.
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Navigation Mobility
Autonomous Navigation and Mobility
Remote users simply specify a destination and the robot automatically navigates to the desired location without any human intervention. With advanced mapping technology and a real-time view of the environment, Ava 500 can smoothly navigate to the desired destination.
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Virtual Travel
Virtual Travel
No need to select or call a specific robot or system; the user is simply transported to the desired location. When the robot arrives at its destination, it connects to the user.
Virtual Travel Virtual Travel
No need to select or call a specific robot or system; the user is simply transported to the desired location. When the robot arrives at its destination, it connects to the user.
Virtual Travel
Manual Operation
The robot can drive itself automatically to the desired destination without the need for manual driving.
Autonomous Navigation
Through advanced mapping technologies, Ava 500 learns and creates a map of its environment so it can navigate to its destination autonomously.
Advanced Mapping
Obstacle Obstacle
Built-in laser, 3D imaging and sonar technologies ensure the robot intelligently and safely self-navigates busy, real-world enterprise environments without bumping into people or objects.
Obstacle Detection and Obstacle Avoidance Capabilities (ODOA)
Manual
For more refined control, users can take advantage of manual operations to move and rotate the robot, move the robot telepresence system up to a “standing” position and down to a “sitting” position, and tilt the camera for a better field of view.
Manual Control Features
Scheduling
Easy to Use
The remote user controls the robot via iRobot’s easy-to-use client application running in an iPad® Mini tablet. The application assigns and provisions a robot from the available pool, and the robot travels automatically to the destination and initiates the videoconference. After the meeting, the robot returns to its charging station automatically to recharge for the next user. When needed, users can manually control and operate the robot using a trackpad interface on the iPad.
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iPad
Control and Scheduling
Easy-to-use iPad Mini application designed for business users enables remote users to operate the robot and schedule meetings by tapping a location on a map or by choosing a location or employee name.
iPad iPad
Easy-to-use iPad Mini application designed for business users enables remote users to operate the robot and schedule meetings by tapping a location on a map or by choosing a location or employee name.
Control and Scheduling
Height Cam
Allows remote users to position the robot at optimal height and camera angle via the iPad application for more natural interactions with colleagues standing in hallways, labs or facility tours, or seated at a table in offices or conference rooms.
Height and Camera Adjustment
Long Battery
Up to six hours between battery charging enables the robot to be used throughout the day without the need to recharge.
Long Battery Life
Auto Docking Auto Docking
When the session is complete, the robot automatically returns to its charging station for recharging.
AutoDocking
Corporate Conferencing
Enterprise-Class Standards-Based Videoconferencing
Leverages HD video and audio videoconferencing via built-in Cisco telepresence solutions featuring enterprise-class security and reliability. Connects and integrates seamlessly with your existing videoconferencing infrastructure.
  • Cisco
    Cisco Systems Telepresence
    Integrated Cisco TelePresence™ EX60 delivers an optimal enterprise videoconference experience via standards-based H.323/SIP videoconferencing calls up to 1080p30 resolution and 6Mbps point-to-point.
  • Security
    Security
    Embedded enterprise-grade security including encryption, secure HTTPS management, and password protection ensures that Ava 500 is a trusted part of your corporate telepresence infrastructure.
  • Integrated Wireless
    Integrated Wireless
    An embedded Cisco Aironet 1600 wireless access point enables seamless, enterprise-grade network connectivity and security.
Easy to Use
Management
Management of Ava 500 is handled through the iRobot Ava 500 Cloud Service. This service operated by iRobot seamlessly manages the resource pool of robots, tracks and manages robot scheduling, monitors robot health – including battery charge status – and provides error-reporting capabilities.
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Scheduling
Robust resource allocation functionality empowers users to simply select where, when, and how long they need a robot, with the flexibility to schedule a session either in advance or on demand.
Robust resource allocation functionality empowers users to simply select where, when, and how long they need a robot, with the flexibility to schedule a session either in advance or on demand.
Scheduling
iRobot manages user profiles and access control, monitors robot health and reports on errors and current battery condition.
Management