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Innova & Mesa Robotics Team Up to Integrate Products For Military, Homeland Security and Law Enforce
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Apr 27, 2006
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Innova Holdings Inc., (IVHG:OTCBB), a robotics and automation technology company providing software and hardware systems-based solutions to the service, personal, and industrial robotic markets, announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mesa Robotics Inc., (Madison, Ala.) that will integrate both companies’ successful technologies and proven products to further the effectiveness of unmanned ground vehicles.

Mesa Robotics’ rugged, reliable robotic vehicles are deployed in the United States, Middle East and Japan, and also saw action in counter-explosives operations in Afghanistan. The companies plan to integrate the Innova Holdings patented robotic software solutions with Mesa’s full line of unmanned ground vehicles, ACER, Matilda and Marv. This combination of Microsoft Windows® architecture with Mesa’s rugged, versatile robots will result in state-of-the-art platforms applicable for military, government, Homeland Security, law enforcement and civilian markets.

“The combination of these companies’ new ‘smart’ products will add significant additional value across the full range of markets, including the military, where the potential to save lives is compelling,” said Walter K. Weisel, Chairman and CEO of Innova Holdings. “What’s exciting is that the new products that come out of this alliance will advance robotics development to a higher level than currently exists.

“After surveying the field of robots, we found Mesa Robotics to have the very best range of vehicles to match current and emerging requirements for robots in military and civilian applications,”

Innova Holdings’ innovative solutions include its control systems derived from the Universal Robot Controller™ (URC™), the world’s first open architecture PC-controller developed by Innova’s wholly owned subsidiary Robotic Workspace Technologies. Additionally, serviceability and modularity of the unmanned ground vehicles in the field will be a top priority. That includes ease of use, available spare parts and maintenance operations.

Innova Holdings has exclusive rights for sales and marketing to the military, Homeland Security and commercial markets.

Mesa Robotics has a reputation for excellence in engineering, design, development and integration of robotic vehicles and robotic vehicle payloads. Its vehicles have a wide range of uses, including tactical, search and rescue, remote material transport, and counter-explosives operations including humanitarian demining.

“As demonstrated by our recent performance at a National Institute of Science and Technology sponsored robotics evaluation exercise at Texas A&M University, Matilda and Marv readily proved their ruggedness and reliability,” said Don Jones, vice president of Mesa Robotics Inc. “Soon, with a Windows-based architecture, we’re really going to have something phenomenal.

“What’s important to remember about Mesa’s vehicles is that they have already proven to be successful in negotiating rubble, operating in harsh environments and saving lives. All of this at a lower-cost alternative to what’s currently available today.”

The MOU is available on the Innova Holdings web site at:

About Innova Holdings, Inc.
Innova Holdings, Inc. (IVHG:OTCBB), Fort Myers, Florida, builds shareholder value by developing and acquiring technology-differentiated solutions with extraordinary potential for profitable and sustainable growth. Innova Holdings is chartered to continue expanding its growing suite of technologies through acquisitions and organic growth.

About Robotic Workspace Technologies, Inc.
Robotic Workspace Technologies (RWT), Fort Myers, Florida, is a subsidiary of Innova Holdings, Inc. and a leading provider of open architecture, patent-protected, PC controls, software, and related products that improve the performance, applicability, and productivity of robots and other automated equipment. RWT holds three pioneer utility patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and patents pending pertaining to the interface of a general use computer and the mobility of robots, regardless of specific applications. Its technology has been applied in industries ranging from agriculture to automotive, to medical and R&D. RWT is recognized internationally for its pioneering contributions to the robotics industry. Its founder, Mr. Walter Weisel, has been a driving force in the robot industry for the past 33 years, and is a recipient of the prestigious Joseph F. Engelberger Award recognizing his contributions to the advancement of robotics and automation.

About Innova Robotics, Inc.
Innova Robotics, Inc., Fort Myers, Florida, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Innova Holdings, Inc., founded specifically to enable development of technologies, applications, and emerging markets in military, space, undersea exploration, and homeland security. Innova Robotics will leverage the patented products, technology, and robotics expertise of RWT, as well as strategic relationships with system integrators and third-party developers to earn a leadership position in this emerging industry.

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RWT™, Universal Robot Controller™, URC™ RobotScript®, and TeachPoint File Creator™ are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Innova Holdings, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Forward-looking statements such as “believe,” “expect,” “may,” “plan,” “intend,” etc. contained herein are within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on the Company’s beliefs and assumptions it made using information currently available to it and which reflect current views concerning those future events. Actual results could differ materially. Therefore, undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements, since they apply only as of today’s date, and accordingly, reference should be made to the Company’s periodic filings with the SEC.

Joseph Gonzales
Director of Corporate Communications
Innova Holdings Inc.
(239) 466-0488, extension 202

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