Singapore's budding start-ups: Cognicept Systems

Helping firms deploy robots more easily and at lower cost

Thousands of jobs are up for grabs in Singapore's booming start-up ecosystem, as firms seek out new growth opportunities in the changing economic landscape amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Straits Times looks at promising Singapore start-ups in the second part of a four-part series.

Cognicept Systems co-founder and CEO Michael Sayre (in black T-shirt) with (from left) corporate finance manager Gary Ong, robotics engineers Jakub Tomasek and Swarooph Seshadri, and co-founder and chief technology officer Alok Pathak. The firm has c
Cognicept Systems co-founder and CEO Michael Sayre (in black T-shirt) with (from left) corporate finance manager Gary Ong, robotics engineers Jakub Tomasek and Swarooph Seshadri, and co-founder and chief technology officer Alok Pathak. The firm has created new job opportunities for people from varying backgrounds, retraining them to use hybrid tools to operate robots remotely. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

The disruptions on labour force and global supply chains amid the Covid-19 crisis have made companies and industries see the unique value of robots in mitigating the impact.

Local start-up Cognicept Systems wants to seize this opportunity to make it easier and cheaper for firms to deploy robots in areas such as logistics and cleaning, through its technology and remote robot pilots.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2020, with the headline 'Helping firms deploy robots more easily and at lower cost'. Print Edition | Subscribe