Utah company focused on safety for, and from, a drone future

PLEASANT GROVE — In a scenario that one Utah businessman says is much closer to reality than not, the world will be in need of technology that will ensure our collective safety both for, and from, an explosion of drones expected to be plying the airspace just over our heads.

Utah’s Fortem Technologies Inc. is stepping in to fill that need with innovative micro-radar technology that will help thwart drone-based terror threats as well as coordinate the travels of the 7 million drone craft that are expected to be occupying low-altitude corridors in the next three years, engaged in transporting goods, critical medical supplies, inspecting and monitoring hard-to-reach places and yes, even transporting humans.

Fortem CEO Timothy Bean said his company has developed the “smallest, most compact and highest-performing radar system in the world” in TrueView radar for the small airborne vehicles.

“Drone technology has the ability to automate our society and economy to a level we haven’t seen,” Bean said. “Package delivery, search and rescue, public safety, the agriculture business, infrastructure inspection and so much more will be fundamentally changed … but having the ability to enable safe drone operations beyond line of sight is the holy grail of that effort.”

Fortem’s technology, developed by Bean and partner Adam Gardner, adapted technology they acquired from the U.S. Department of Defense. The team improved and miniaturized a unit that was originally the size of a shoebox to the TrueView product that weighs a pound-and-a-half and is of similar proportions to an average pencil box.

Bean said their tiny radar array can “see” in the dark, through clouds and in inclement weather, something impossible to achieve with alternate systems. It’s also much more precise.

“Radar is very, very accurate,” Bean said. “Optical or radio frequency scanning can be off by 50 to 100 feet.”

That pinpoint accuracy is …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News

Photos: Olympics Women’s Super-G

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Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic won the gold medal with Austria’s Anna Fenninger Veith winning silver and Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather winning bronze. Lindsey Vonn placed sixth in the event and will next compete in the downhill.

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THE SELF-INSTALLED SMART HOME REPORT: Why current smart home device owners are appealing to tech companies

This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here.

Not that long ago, many home-appliance and consumer-electronics makers were gearing up for what they thought would soon be a rapidly growing market for smart home devices.

The instant popularity of the Nest thermostat, introduced in 2011, seemed to confirm their hopes. But those expectations were dashed in the coming years as the market for connected home devices later stagnated.

Even with these challenges, many of the biggest consumer technology companies are now moving into the smart home market. For example, Apple, which recently released its self-installed smart home ecosystem, called the Apple Home, traditionally doesn’t move into a market until it’s very mature and only when it can release a perfected product. Further, Google this fall launched the Google Home and its companion ecosystem, hoping to jump into the voice-activated smart home speaker market, which Amazon currently dominates with its Echo product line.

In a new report, BI Intelligence examines the demographics of the average smart home device owner and discuss why current smart home device owners are appealing to tech companies. The report also examines the plans of various tech giants in the smart home market and discuss their monetization strategies, and makes suggestions for how these companies can position themselves to make their products and devices more appealing to the mass market.

Here are some key takeaways from the report:

Tech companies primarily enter the market to enhance a core revenue stream or service, while device makers desire to collect data to improve their products and prevent costly recalls.
We forecast there will be $4.8 trillion in aggregate IoT investment between 2016 and 2021.
These companies are also seeking to create an early-mover advantage for themselves, where …read more

Source:: Business Insider