contextere raises $1.38 million from Lockheed Martin to develop AI assistant for aerospace workers

Ottawa-based contextere, an IoT software company developing a personal assistant for industrial employees, has raised $1.38 million in funding from Lockheed Martin.

contextere plans to use the funding towards designing, developing, and delivering an AI-enabled personal assistant for aerospace and defence maintenance workers. contextere said the agent will be applicable field service and industrial inspection activities, as well as more complex maintenance, repair, and overhaul tasks.

“Our industrial software weaves together the power of enterprise AI with industrial IoT data.”
– Gabe Batstone

“Our industrial software weaves together the power of enterprise AI with industrial IoT data to give blue collar workers the right information, at the right time on the right device,” said Gabe Batstone, CEO of contextere. “Working closely with Lockheed Martin engineers to refine and test our algorithms in the aerospace and defence environment, will enable us to transform the future of work anywhere warm hands touch cold steel.”

contextere said through its intelligent personal assistant, the company aims to create a safer and more productive workplace for industrial workers.

“For Lockheed Martin, accelerating technology development and promoting a culture of innovation in Canada is critical to the success our business,” said Charles Bouchard, CEO of Lockheed Martin Canada. “It is through our work with small, agile and responsive companies like contextere that we are able to advance innovative thinking and the development of new technologies.”

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.