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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–High-tech companies that manufacture and integrate sensor networks for
electronic systems could benefit from a Purdue
University technology developed by a startup that received National
Science Foundation funding.
Innovations LLC was awarded a six-month SBIR Phase I grant from the
NSF, scheduled for Jan. 1 through June 30. The company’s software
solutions are based on research from Purdue University’s School
of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department
of Computer Science.
The company is developing software products and services that could
reduce the cost of developing, deploying and operating networked
embedded systems. These systems act as sensors, gathering data from an
environment and sharing it electronically.
Co-founder Patrick Eugster, an associate professor of computer science,
said sensors will be used in the future to control the power grid and
other systems. Improving how they communicate could diminish the
possibility of events like power outages.
“SensorHound Innovations specializes in making these sensor networks
reliable through our pure software solutions,” he said. “Our specialized
software can be loaded onto sensors by the manufacturers. It provides
information to a developer or system administrator while monitoring the
sensors, and it can raise an alarm should something go wrong.”
The company has developed laboratory-tested prototypes, and the NSF SBIR
grant will help in creating commercial prototypes of the flagship
product, adding new features to the original research. Commercial
versions could be created by mid-2014.
Co-founder Vinai Sundaram, the principal investigator of the SBIR grant,
said the company’s solutions stem from research that he, Eugster and
co-founder Matthew Tan Creti conducted with the help of other faculty
and students from the Department of Computer Science and the School of
Electrical and Computer Engineering. Sundaram earned his doctorate
degree from Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and
Tan Creti is a doctoral candidate.
“The motivation for our research came from personal experience in trying
to build network systems,” Sundaram said. “We expected information to
come in from the sensors, but when data didn’t arrive we realized a
diagnosis tool was needed for people who develop these systems.”
SensorHound Innovations is scheduled to become a tenant in the Purdue
Research Park of West Lafayette this January.