Savioke Raises $13.4 Million in Series B Funding

By Steve Cousins, Founder & CEO, Savioke
  Relay Robots Now Delivering in the Hospital Market

Relay Robots Now Delivering in the Hospital Market

All of us at Savioke are happy to announce that we have closed $13.4 Million in Series B funding. New investors in this round include Brain Corp, Swisslog Healthcare, NESIC, and Recruit. The round brings Savioke’s total funding to $31 million.

Since 2014, Relay robots have made  hundreds of thousands of deliveries, in hundreds of locations, around and among countless numbers of people. In short, our friendly delivery robots have proven to be reliable, safe, and valuable in a wide range of environments around the world including  in hotels and logistics facilities.

  Since 2014, Relay robots have made over 300,000 deliveries in hotels, hospitals, and logistics facilities

Since 2014, Relay robots have made over 300,000 deliveries in hotels, hospitals, and logistics facilities

With the new round of funding, we are expanding into the hospital market where Relay can help nurses, lab technicians, and other healthcare workers deliver essential items like specimens, medication, and supplies throughout the hospital.  

Savioke was founded on the belief that robotic automation can help people. We know that adding robots to teams enables  the overall team to be more productive and allows the people on the team to do more valuable work. In the hospital environment, Relay will help highly-skilled nurses and technicians focus on their most important job rather than the time consuming task of delivery, which can put patients at risk and leave units understaffed.   

Swisslog is a crucial partner for us in bringing Relay to healthcare. “Many hospitals are seeking to automate tedious, repetitive tasks that take skilled staff away from patients and other critical work,” said Stephan Sonderegger, CEO of Swisslog Healthcare. “This is exactly the problem Savioke mobile robots can solve. There are many applications for this automated services technology in healthcare, which we have already begun to prove.”

We look forward to using technology from our new partner, Brain Corp, an AI company specializing in the development of self-driving technology for robots, to help us continue to innovate and scale. 

“We have experienced strong success automating the floor care industry, and as part of our growth strategy, are now introducing the BrainOS platform across a multitude of other applications,” said Brain Corp Co-founder and CEO Eugene Izhikevich. “Savioke has a unique product, early traction and experienced leadership. We are confident Savioke and Brain Corp will make ideal partners as we work together to make robots part of our day-to-day lives.”  Check out Brain Corp"s official funding announcement.

Our new funding and partners represent a major opportunity for growth, not only expanding into new markets, but new use cases that allow Relay to provide more meaningful work and become a more valued member of the team. Special thanks to my brilliant team at Savioke, who continue to give their time, passion, and energy to create a company and product we are all proud of.

Steve Cousins and Relay Take Center Stage at the American Lodging Investment Summit

  Savioke CEO Steve Cousins and Relay to present at ALIS conference

Savioke CEO Steve Cousins and Relay to present at ALIS conference

The Savioke team (including Relay) is headed to Los Angeles next week to talk robots and present new hospitality solutions at ALIS, the leading and largest hotel investment conference in the world.   

Steve Cousins, Savioke Founder and CEO, will join a panel of industry experts to speak about robotics and automation as part of the ALIS Talk Tech series on Monday, January 22nd.  Relay will also be featured throughout the conference, showing off his navigation and delivery skills at the ALIS Tech Lounge.

Along with demonstrating Relay’s delivery solution, the Savioke team will be on hand to introduce new Relay features being rolled out in the coming weeks, including WiFi monitoring, tray and debris detection, and social mingling.    

The American Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) takes place on January 22-24 at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles. Savioke, an ALIS Tech Lounge sponsor, can be found on the Diamond Level in space #30.  Contact us to set up a demonstration or learn more about Relay’s new solutions.  

Savioke Announces First Las Vegas Installation and New Relay Features

Savioke is sharing big news at the Consumer Electronics Show (#CES2018) this week, including the launch of two Relay robots in the Renaissance Hotel Las Vegas and three new features that will expand Relay’s utilization beyond guest room delivery.

 

Meet Elvis and Priscilla

As part of a recently completed multimillion dollar transformation, the Renaissance Hotel Las Vegas is now employing Relay robots, nicknamed Elvis and Priscilla, to provide guests with quick delivery of bath amenities, toothpaste, or other products directly to their rooms. Strategically located adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Renaissance Hotel is the first hotel in Las Vegas to install Relay robots.

New Features Expand Relay’s Capabilities  

In the next few weeks, Savioke will begin rolling out three new features that will make Relay a more useful and valuable member of the hotel staff. Going beyond guest room deliveries, Relay’s new capabilities include WiFi detection and reporting, tray/debris monitoring, and social mingling.  Below is more detail on each new feature:

  • WiFi monitoring. Poor or slow WiFi connectivity is consistently one of the top five most common hotel guest complaints but often difficult to detect. Relay’s WiFi detection mode provides hotels and other properties with real time notification of WiFi strength by autonomously navigating through hallways to analyze the WiFi strength at different access points throughout the property. When a weak WiFi signal is detected, Relay immediately notifies the front desk or IT staff of the problem. Relay can perform this check multiple times daily, allowing the hotel to identify and resolve WiFi issues before guests are impacted.   
  • Tray/debris detection and reporting. For most hotels, walking each floor to find and remove food trays, trash, carts, and other items left outside guest rooms is a necessary, yet time consuming chore—especially at night when staff is limited. With tray and debris detection, Relay patrols hotel hallways to find unwanted items and obstacles. He then notifies hotel staff so the items can be removed. Relay can run this check multiple times daily, allowing the hotel to identify and remove items before guests are affected.  
  • Social mingling. Improving the guest experience means continually delighting and engaging guests at every stage of their hotel stay. “Mingle mode” enables Relay to navigate through public areas, stopping to interact with and entertain hotel guests waiting at the registration desk, passing time in the lobby or lounge, or simply relaxing in a common area. Hotels can choose from multiple levels of interaction including having Relay display information, surveys, jokes, and custom hotel messages on his screen, as well as deliver treats or items to guests.

Contact us at comm@savioke.com if you want to meet us at CES and see Relay in action.