Niska (100% Australia registered entity) has been registered in 2017. During 2018-2021, NISKA attracted over $4M AUD of total funds (incl Australian government grants).
Niska (after substantial R&D, design and manufacturing stages) launched the first Niska Robotic Ice-Cream Bar, being the entire robotic retail solution (“ERRS”) to the public in mid-September 2019 at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia. The commercial prototype of the ERRS (Model #1) is 100% proven and tested in both the laboratory and commercial environment in Australia. That commercially sustainable prototype has been considerably modified to the “Product stage” and currently is being prepared for the installation in UAE in December 2021.ERRS has been assessed by independent certification body (OMRON project RA03062019JM-1) for compliance with safety standards AU/NZS 4024:214.
From January 2020 till March 2020 ERRS operated in the unmanned/unattended mode with NO shop assistant in the trade hall (shop area). Unmanned mode of operation has proved to be a great design decision as minimum remote involvement is required to operate the ERRS.
NISKA is launching the commercial operation of Model #1of Niska Robotic Ice-Cream Bar in United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi) in December 2021 or early JaNUARY 2022.
Niska has been acknowledged in the automation and retail industry presenting at various plain-speaking events and receiving awards and nominations, including:
1) Niska won the Inside Retail –Customer Experience of the Year 2020 – Small Business Award. Sponsored by Commonwealth Bank (27 February 2020);
2) Finalist in the category “Outstanding Start-Up of the year” in Manufacturers Monthly Endeavour Awards 2020);
3) Niska was also a finalist in the “Best store design/concept of the year 2020” category at the same award (Inside Retail sponsored by CommBank);
4) Director of the Company Kate Orlova participated at multiple conferences as a public speaker, including the:
a. HIP Conference (February 2020, Madrid, Spain);
b. Collaborative Robots – Cobots (March 2020, Melbourne, Australia);
c. QSR Food and Retail Conference 2020 (June 2020);
d. QSR Media Asia Conference 2020 (September 2020).