"Cleaning up the streets!"
Its first product, the "EXA-1ECO Trash Drone" is produced locally in San Miguel and is capable of surveying and collecting waste in a 100-meter radius. The EXA-1ECO utilizes its bin receptacle as both a charging base and refuse collection station. The robot enjoyed a moderate success for the first few years after its release in 32AA, but the company's fortunes changed when over 1000 drones were ordered by the San Miguel Maintenance Bureau in 35AA.
Though the order initially looked like a breakthrough for Exatech, the Bureau forced them to include an extensive maintenance and repair contract in order to seal the deal. The company soon found itself ill-prepared to handle the constant stream of theft and vandalism that plagued the public waste receptacles. To make matters even worse, a number of syndicates began to use the drone's waste removal function as a convenient way to dispose of corpses and other evidence, which gave "taking out the trash" a whole new meaning in certain parts of San Miguel.
Exatech was able to turn the tide through a number of secret deals with the administration of mayor Panuan of San Miguel. After failing in a number of their appeals to increase payment for their services to the city, the company struck a new deal altogether: Exatech would upgrade a portion of the drones to double as automated security drones for the San Miguel Police Department.
The upgrades included in the deal equipped the EXA-1 ECO trash cans with a pepper spray dispenser, a taser unit, and temporary restraint options. The early law enforcement drone EXA-1V was born.
Although initially only a handful EXA-1Vs were commissioned, the results were dramatic. This single, almost serendipitous decision cut petty crime in half as pickpockets, vandals, and even jaywalkers were suddenly doused in pepper spray or tasered into submission from the most unexpected avenue: garbage bins.
As the EXA-1V was designed to be indistinguishable from the more friendly EXA-1ECO, most criminals did not want to take their chances by breaking the law if a trash can was nearby. Exatech's garbage cans were quickly dubbed "vigilante bins" by the city residents, who had mixed feelings about these new enforcers. The reaction of the city’s criminal population was felt online with #banthebin, claiming that the measures employed by these bins constituted use of excessive force.
One of the more stubborn - if comical - rumors painting the EXA-1V as a menace to public safety alleged that one particular alleyway became a boundary between the turf of two rival gangs after someone rigged a trash drone with a rail gun.
In order to improve their public image, Exatech has recently begun an eco-friendly recycling initiative. With the latest firmware upgrades and aftermarket upgrades from Exatech, their trash drones are now much more effective at separating recyclables from non-recyclable trash. These separated materials can now be compacted into standardized ingots, which can then be re-used at the fraction of the cost of traditional recycling.
Exatech has come a long way since the Maintenance Bureau deal that nearly sunk the company. Their accidental competence at law enforcement 1V model led to an influx of new funders, including the Nassim Family Office, Bronzeman & Zachariah and most importantly Lumaki, the civil corporation of San Miguel.
Exatech began expanding their line of law enforcement robots following the success of the EXA-1V. The company is now best known for their humanoid law enforcement model, the EXA16.