Destination Innovation 2015

Company Descriptions

Apps & Platforms

Safety & Security

Health, Education & Energy

Wearables & Robotics

Apps & Platforms

Avanade Inc.

Company Description:

Avanade helps customers realize results in a digital world through business technology solutions, cloud and managed services that combine insight, innovation and expertise focused on Microsoft technologies. Avanade has helped thousands of organizations in all industries improve business agility, employee productivity and customer loyalty. Avanade combines the collective business, technical and industry expertise of its worldwide network of experts with the rigor of an industrialized delivery model to provide high quality solutions using proven and emerging technologies with flexible deployment models (on premises, cloud-based or outsourced). Avanade, which is majority owned by Accenture, was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation and has 22,000 professionals in more than 20 countries. Additional information can be found at www.avanade.com.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Delta Air Lines wanted to enable its employees to work in new ways that would drive greater productivity, better in-flight operations and personalized customer service. Avanade, Microsoft, AT&T and Nokia partnered to deliver an advanced mobile in-flight sales and service solution based on the Avanade Mobile Airline Platform. The end-to-end retail platform combined Microsoft Dynamics for Retail software with Avanade's Connected Store solution to help Delta improve how they serve customers while creating opportunities for revenue. Avanade has integrated the solution into Delta's operations and will provide ongoing support, maintenance and solution enhancements.

More than 19,000 of Delta's flight attendants across the globe have received a Nokia Lumia device powered by Windows Phone 8 - operating over Wi-Fi and AT&T's 4G LTE network - equipped with Avanade's Mobile Airline Platform solution utilizing Microsoft Dynamics for retail mobile point of sale. The solution enables near real-time credit card processing for on-board purchases, convenient eReceipts that can be emailed to customers, as well as the ability to read coupons displayed on a customer's mobile device. Delta can take advantage of many features to enhance the in-flight customer experience including the ability for flight attendants to process customer upgrades in-flight, validate credit cards for on-board purchases, and send eReceipts for on-board purchases. More information can be found here.

Canvas Inc.

Company Description:

The Canvas mobile app platform is revolutionizing how work gets done by enabling businesses to replace expensive and inefficient paper forms and processes with customizable mobile apps for smartphones and tablets, with no programming or IT required. Canvas empowers businesses of all sizes to collect information using mobile devices; instantly share that information with colleagues, partners and customers; and seamlessly integrate the data with their businesses' existing backend systems so that decision makers gain access to accurate, real-time information from their workforce. Canvas' mobile app platform includes the first business- only application store of its kind, with more than 15,000 pre-built, fully customizable apps that work on all mobile platforms and serve more than 30 vertical markets.

This global mobile business app store is unique because it, in effect, crowdsources mobile app development as companies share apps they create in the app store for others in the community to download and customize. Apps range from construction site safety forms and employee timesheets to a plumber's work order form and apps used by schools for student enrollment. While Canvas initially saw traction with small businesses, it is now growing within large enterprises that recognize leveraging a cloud-based software service is far more efficient and cost effective than launching their own enterprise app store or building custom apps.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Organizational decision makers are confronted with the mobilization of today's workforce and the shift of more core functions to mobile devices, the need to collect information from any location on these mobile devices, and they need for that information to be shared in real-time with stakeholders across the organization. Yet, despite this increased adoption of mobile devices and technologies, paper forms are burying businesses today. The average office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of paper each year, and U.S. businesses alone spend $25-$35 billion per year on filing, storing and retrieving paper documents. The sheer volume of paper not only costs businesses money, but it also grinds productivity to a halt. It takes 18 minutes on average to find a paper document, and a whopping 70 percent of businesses would fail in three weeks if they had a catastrophic loss of paper due to a fire or flood.

Businesses looking to eliminate paper forms and manual-based processes often eye the development of mobile apps as a solution - but this approach is problematic. Building a custom mobile app isn't feasible for most medium and small businesses, and even for large enterprises that can afford to develop apps and deploy them to their workforce and manage new versions and platforms, this does not mean it is the right app development path as these resources could be more efficiently devoted elsewhere.

The Canvas mobile business app platform enables businesses to replace expensive and inefficient paper forms and processes with customizable mobile apps for smartphones and tablets, with no programming or IT required. Canvas empowers businesses of all sizes to collect information using mobile devices; instantly share that information with colleagues, partners and customers; and seamlessly integrate the data with their businesses' existing backend systems so that decision makers gain access to accurate, real-time information from their workforce.

Thousands of organizations - from global corporations to small nonprofits - leverage Canvas' mobile app platform to improve their business processes with dynamic mobile apps that include features such as signature capture, GPS, worker dispatching, customized mobile form building and editing, image capture, barcode scanning, API integration and data output formatting. Each month, businesses submit and save more than 500,000 documents to the Canvas cloud. This is the equivalent of saving one ton of paper every five days. There are now more than 15,000 apps in the Canvas mobile business application store - apps that can easily be downloaded, customized and shared by Canvas' growing community of partners and subscribers.

Fairfax County Public Schools

Company Description:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is the 10th largest school system in the U.S. with 186,785 students at 196 schools and centers. A high achieving district with a 92.9 percent on time graduation rate, the district is now one of surprising needs and diversity. FCPS is a majority-minority district with 58.6 percent of students being of non-Caucasian ethnicity; 15.4 percent of students are English language learners; 13.8 percent receive special education services; and 28.2 percent receive free and reduced meals assistance.

The FCPS Department of Information Technology is a recognized leader in instructional technology. The district's vision is "to become the model for effective and efficient client-centered services and products so that we are the premier information and technology services provider for education." The district's mission is "to create a totally connected community where technology is available when and where it is needed, and is appropriate to the need."

FCPS is achieving its vision and fulfilling its mission, as evidenced most recently by winning a 2015 CIO Impact Award in Advanced Analytics and Big Data, a 2013 Virginia Governor's Technology Award for the Innovative Use of Technology in Education, and this project. The district's work with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a premier association for district technology leaders, is also illustrative. In June 2013, FCPS joined the Teaming for Transformation II: Leading a Digital Conversion for Student Learning cadre. This group of 13 districts from across the nation focused on how to improve student learning and create digitally rich learning environments. As an outcome, FCPS is developing a comprehensive Digital Transformation plan focused on aligning district resources to optimize the potential of digital learning and ensure students and staff have the resources necessary to succeed.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

In September 2011, encouraging the use of student owned computing devices became an institutional imperative and the FCPS Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative began. The intent is to increase student access to digital resources, such as online textbooks and the FCPS 24-7 Learning portal, and to extend school computing resources.

A manual registration process began in 2012 to support security and enable BYOD reporting. However, it proved to be challenging to schools. FCPS received many complaints about the time involved (5-10 minutes per device). The most apparent problem was that the district had a compliance issue which was a three-fold difference between registered devices and the actual number of devices on the network (11,005 registered versus 33,944). This led to the "FCPS BYOD 2.0: Get Connected!" project.

In December 2013, research and testing began to identify a self-service, wireless on-ramping system that would authenticate, document, configure and direct devices to secure pre-determined networks. Subsequent research and product enhancements from a current vendor, CloudPath, identified a reliable, cost effective solution using CloudPath XpressConnect, which enabled guided connection of devices and authentication to the FCPS Identity Management Solution. There was still a need to collect manual information, however. As a result, the FCPS Network Engineering staff and Cloudpath developers created a process to export the registration data from Cloudpath into Remedy, an ITIL-based incident management system, which enables robust reporting.

Launched in September 2014, the new process is unique in K-12 education. Most leading BYOD districts have eliminated the registration process because of the overhead required to track devices and lack of a clean technical solution. Districts such as Forsyth, Georgia, a pre-eminent BYOD district, create a separate VLAN for wireless access and students manually sign the AUP. While this provides access, it does not enable robust reporting, nor tracking or associating of devices to students. The resulting user experience went from a multistep process requiring a staff member to support, to a one minute self-service process.

As a result, FCPS have seen a 660 percent increase in device registration, from 11,005 in the previous school year to 73,004 as of Feb. 12, 2015. In addition, South Lakes High School rejected the manual process, but piloted and embraced the new registration process with registrations increasing from 79 the previous year to 2,982 as of Feb. 12, 2015. In the 2013-2014 school year, 11,005 devices were registered manually with a minimal registration time of five minutes per device which equals 917 work hours and an estimated $44,000. The comparable cost to manually register 73,004 devices would exceed $292,000. Clearly, this is a significant cost-avoidance.

Finally, the opportunity cost associated with registering 73,004 devices at an average of five minutes exceeds 6,000 hours of staff time, resulting in more time devoted to support, rather than administrative overhead. The new registration process saves time and money, is easier for customers, is more secure, guarantees AUP compliance, and has superior reporting capabilities which empower decision-making and strategic planning.

The George Washington University Division of Information Technology Business Intelligence Services

Company Description:

Business Intelligence Services (BIS) is housed within the George Washington University (GW) Division of Information Technology (IT). The objective of GW's business intelligence initiative is to get the right information to the right people at the right time and enable the effective use of information to support the academic and administrative initiatives necessary to drive the university forward.

By providing timely access to trusted information across functions and departments for actionable insight and fact-based decision making, Business Intelligence Services is helping inform long-term planning and execution of the university strategy, providing insight necessary to support GW's strategic goals of excellence in education, excellence in research and world-class service to all university stakeholders (students, faculty, alumni, parents, staff and community members).

TImely access to trusted and consistently defined data informs actionable decision making, helps improve alignment with university strategy, helps reduce manual data collection and manipulation improving efficiencies and effectiveness while reducing operational costs and probability of errors, helps ensure regulatory compliance, and helps minimize risk. The key to BIS success at GW is achieving ease of use for widespread acceptance and end user self-service.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Research is an important part of any higher education institution, and GW is no different. Researchers are encouraged to pursue projects that will make a difference, producing high-quality publications to help change the world. However, many researchers find themselves splitting their time between working on groundbreaking projects and handling the administration of finances. With so much time and effort put into managing budgets and analyzing costs, researchers often feel frustrated at the lack of progress made on projects.

At GW, Business Intelligence Services (BIS) has found a solution to significantly reduce the time researchers must spend on administration of grants, budgets and spending, while giving them the resources they need to accurately and easily manage finances for a specific project. The Principal Investigator's (PI) Dashboard is an analytics tool that provides PIs with the ability to quickly gain insight necessary for making data driven, informed decisions about their sponsored projects.

Working closely with stakeholders from the GW Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), as well as with end-users, BIS used an interactive, agile, SCRUM-based approach to gather requirements for the PI Dashboard that are continuously being refined. The PI Dashboard provides users with (1) a real-time overview of their grant funds (e.g., budgeted items, expenditures versus budget visuals, spending commitments); (2) a drill down to detail by expenditure type; (3) alerts for award end dates, new awards, funding changes, and budget overages; and (4) a monthly run rate and award labor effort screen.

Instead of manipulating data manually within spreadsheets, researchers now have the power to interact with data easily within the automated dashboard to quickly make accurate decisions. With greater visibility into their budgets and expenditures, researchers are making full use of their grants, and spending more time on cutting-edge work.

High quality, integrity, and consistency of data used in the PI dashboard are ensured by tightly coupling BIS with Data Governance. The university data governance program allows trusted, consistently defined, high quality data to be delivered through the BIS solutions. Minimum standards of governing institutional data have been established, as well as definitions to ensure the quality of the data allows for the operational and transactional success of all who use it.

BIS has developed roles of responsibility to help govern the data that is so important to the success of projects such as the PI Dashboard. Good data quality is critical for success of any BIS initiative, and GW BIS solutions rely heavily on data governance, which uses innovative technology to ensure successful deployment of consistent information.


Company Description:

HumanTouch empowers organizations around the world to maximize visibility and strategic insight into their business operations, transforming the way they work and make decisions. The company works with public and private-sector customers to develop solutions that address specific individual and industry work management challenges.

Together, HumanTouch and its customers build upon a dynamic framework of available technologies to achieve new levels of operational efficiencies, accelerated time to market, cost optimization and improved consumer engagement and satisfaction. This is achieved through a comprehensive suite of IT products and services that cover technology infrastructure, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, content management and broad range of other cloud-based innovations. HumanTouch has been providing mission-critical services and solutions to public and private sectors clients for more than 15 years. The company was founded in 1997 and is a privately held company headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

EnLight™ is a cloud-based platform to help executives improve how they manage Information Technology (IT) investments and reduce the cost and risk of making tomorrow's IT decisions. It is "next generation IT portfolio management." Prior to the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, organizations had separate systems to manage financials, orders, fulfillment, accounting, procurement, manufacturing, distribution and a host of other functions. As business evolved and the demand for information increased, it became critically important to integrate these functions into a single platform that could reduce costs, reduce complexity and improve efficiencies and competitive advantage.

Fast forward 20 years and replace ERP financials with IT planning. Organizations are struggling to effectively capitalize on today and tomorrow's IT to solve business goals and challenges. This struggle is largely based on fragmented IT processes, limited transparency, lack of coordination, communication and collaboration and the unavailability of data, information, trends and results to make effective IT decisions. As a result, IT costs have accelerated out of control, fragmented IT processes are driving complexity, innovation has stalled, business lines are ignoring enterprise IT constructs and time to market is hostage to bureaucracy.

Enter EnLight - a cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution that is focused on helping organizations manage and capitalize on their IT investments to successfully operate and enable today's "new normal." This approach enables HumanTouch to deploy and configure solutions that meet client needs much faster than building or customizing a solution from scratch. It will save clients potentially millions of dollars because it's based on installing pre-built applications that are configured to meet specific needs.

EnLight connects people, processes, initiatives and technologies to establish an ecosystem of transparency that provides users with insights, analytics and intelligence to reduce the cost and risk of tomorrow's decisions. Unlike traditional IT Portfolio Management tools, EnLight reveals solutions, informs strategies, discovers options and opportunities, captures demand, manages performance and gives you a 360 degree view of IT's impact and role across your organization.

The combination of data management, reporting, and dashboards within the application significantly improves operational efficiencies and provides greater visibility and transparency into IT operations. This allows IT to make more informed decisions, gain greater insight into internal and contractor performance, and reduce the cost and risk of IT programs. EnLight is pre-configured with more than 15 IT management and planning applications that provide customers with an end-to-end view of IT's role, impact, and results across the organization. The solution includes more than 100 reports and dashboards that can be configured on demand.

Ostendio Inc.

Company Description:

Ostendio is a Virginia-based data security and risk management solutions provider that develops affordable compliance solutions for digital health companies and other healthcare entities. Ostendio's MyVirtualComplianceManager™ (MyVCM™) is a cloud-based compliance management platform that delivers an easy to use, cost-effective way for companies to improve their information security posture. MyVCM™ allows businesses to assess risk; create and manage critical policies and procedures; educate and assess employees on their security awareness; and monitor continuous compliance against industry regulations.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Health Systems are facing a critical challenge in an increasingly competitive and cost conscious market place. The explosion of digital health technologies, such as mobile enabled appointment booking, cloud based EMRs and digital payment services, is increasingly forcing them to collaborate with companies that store data outside their traditionally closed network infrastructure and in third party cloud based environments.

If health systems want to stay relevant in this digital age, they need to find a way to embrace this innovation in order to manage costs and maintain competitiveness. With nearly $7 billion dollars invested in digital health alone in 2014, the challenge for many health systems is how to work with these companies in a cost-effective way that allows them to continue to protect their sensitive data in line with existing security and privacy regulations.

MyVCM™, along with the MyVCM Vendor Management module, creates a trusted network of digital health companies allowing health systems to not only vet their vendors through a robust and recurring online security assessment process, but they can also see how their vendor is managing their internal security and compliance program in real-time.

The MyVCM Trust network takes the 'risk' out of vendor risk management, giving health systems the confidence to differentiate between those vendors who are proactively managing their compliance programs and those who are not. MyVCM allows companies to manage and demonstrate compliance to an information security standard or a set of security and privacy regulations. The platform allows customers to make a high-level risk assessment; access policy and training templates; create, manage and distribute policy and procedure documents; manage organizational training and assessment; and connect to the Ostendio Marketplace, which provides relevant partner services at a discounted rate.

Ostendio has also created the MyVCM Trust Network, which allows any company using MyVCM to share compliance data with others (including their customers) in order to prove they have an active and effective compliance program in place.

PrintLess Plans

Company Description:

PrintLess Plans was founded by two construction engineers seeking a better way to access and manage blueprints and other technical documents while working in the field. In 2012, the pair developed a proprietary hardware-software system capable of interfacing with cutting-edge, flexible e-paper displays to create a 21 inch foldable tablet designed especially for viewing blueprints and other large format documents- ePortfolioTM.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

The ePortfolioTM, the company's flagship product, is a ruggedized, large-format, e-paper tablet featuring a unique folding design developed for the needs of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals. The ePortfolio fills a void in the growing professional tablet market by offering a large format viewing area that is ideal for conveying the detailed instructions required for AEC projects. The device's resistive touch sensor allows stylus input and gloved operation, literally placing state of the art mobile computing and connectivity at the users' fingertips.

SDL Government

Company Description:

Based in Herndon, Va., SDL Government (SDLGov) is a technology and services company that provides language translation and strategic communications solutions that are deployed by government organizations worldwide. SDLGov's flagship offering, the Government Language Platform (GLP), provides a comprehensive language translation solution that combines translation memory, terminology, workflow, productivity and statistical machine translation technologies.

SDLGov software solutions are designed to stand alone, or to easily integrate with existing applications through Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and Representational State Transfer (REST) APIs, allowing organizations to add multilingual capabilities to the processes and operations they already have in place. The company's language translation engines cover 95 percent of the world's population. SDLGov language solutions are easily adaptable for specific domains and custom applications, providing a universal commercial off the shelf architecture that can rapidly deliver linguistic technology tailored to a specific deployment scenario including, training, counter terrorism, counter intelligence, open source intelligence, social media exploitation, and document and media exploration multinational or coalition operations. SDLGov's solutions are securely deployed on premise, behind an organization's firewall.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

For years, agencies within the government sector have taken a significant interest in understanding the flurry of Social Media (SOM) data, such as Twitter. Social Media Exploitation (SOMEX) is mission critical in defense and intelligence applications. Today, thousands of Analysts across the intelligence community and the Department of Defense (DoD) collect, sort, review and analyze Twitter as well as other SOM data.

The vast majority of this data is in a language other than English. The ability to enhance national security hinges on the ability to better understand trends and events as they happen and to implement a critical response message to diffuse certain situations in their earliest stages through proactive SOM communication.

SDL Government offers a technology that triages and translates SOM in foreign languages in real time. This capability has been developed in response to the need for deciphering rapidly evolving language and dialects. Leveraging the Statistical Machine Translation (SMT) expertise, SDL Government has created the first informal machine translation language pair for social media in Arabic Twitter. This product supports the volume and velocity of SOM while removing language as the barrier to national security.

Given that informal languages are dramatically different from traditional languages, standard language machine translation engines are not useful. New informal languages are peppered with Internet shortcuts (LOL, IMHO, ROFL), Twitterisms (RT, @, tweetcha), #Hashtags, and deliberate misspellings (Where R U?). Foreign language social media often contains Romanization or transliteration and even language combinations (Spanglish or Arabish) in which users communicate using words and phrases from two languages. SDL Government has taken into account each of these differences from their base models to create fluent output for informal languages.

The goal of any SOM translation technology engine is to perform the initial review of all data being collected in order to provide the analysts with a queue of only critical data. Assessing content in high volumes for context and priority purposes is what SOM translation technology does very effectively and much more quickly than human beings. It is estimated that a human translator is able to translate 2,500 words a day while a MT engine can translate 2,500 words a minute per core Central Processing Unit (CPU).

The effect is human capital being spent on analyzing only the information that matters along with language context and dialect, which only human translators are able to discern. By integrating SOM translation technology into their toolset, the intelligence community and the DoD will see analyst efficiency gains, improved turnaround times and will significantly lower human translation costs.

Safety & Security

Blue Ridge Networks Inc.

Company Description:

Blue Ridge Networks serves government, enterprises and consumers for endpoint protection, secure access services and threat intelligence with suites of field-proven, reliable, scalable, easy to use and affordable cybersecurity solutions that "just work."

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

The rash of recent successful cybersecurity exploits has demonstrated that traditional approaches to cybersecurity protection are no longer effective to keep up with the escalation of advanced threats. Blue Ridge Networks has developed and is now marketing a next generation endpoint protection, AppGuard, which delivers an innovative new approach demonstrated to prevent first stage attacks from known and unknown threats.

AppGuard is a suite of seamlessly integrated Isolation and Containment, Application Control, Memory Guard, and other patented advanced technologies that defeats viruses, malware, zero-day threats, drive-by-downloads, watering holes, ransomware, phishing and many other forms of advanced threats before they can launch and do damage. It accomplishes this without requiring detection, scanning, signatures, or updates to provide its protection. It easily and transparently extends its protection to the complete computing and network environment, including system resources, applications, documents, attachments, web downloads, social network services and removable media without disrupting user experience and productivity.

AppGuard Enterprise combines the small footprint AppGuard protection software agent installed on the endpoint with management tools to enforce enterprise policies and provide highly granular per process reporting to enhance compliance and threat intelligence. This capability ensures protection is "always on" even if the endpoint is "off enterprise" without requiring cumbersome administrative overhead. It is compatible with existing IT infrastructure and Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) to deliver earlier warning of events in a posture that prevents, rather than reacts to, attempted exploits.

AppGuard delivers "futureproof" protection "out-of-the-box" for all Windows (even Windows 10 Preview) computers, laptops and tablets. Its underlying technology is adaptable to any modern operating system, computing platform, smartphone and even appliances for embeddable applications.

INDMEX Aviation

Company Description:

INDMEX Aviation is a small, minority owned business based in Herndon, Va. Since being founded in 2012 by air traffic safety and management engineers, INDMEX has grown from its original two founders to a team of forty five individuals, located around the world, that are dedicated to innovation and the improvement of safety at airports worldwide.

INDMEX's staff have led the successful implementation of air traffic control surface movement and advanced guidance systems, similar to the FAA's ASDE-X solution, at facilities around the world, including: Madrid Barajas International Airport - Aeropuertos Espanoles y Navegacion Aerea; Munich International Airport - Flughafen Munchen GmbH; Johannesburg International Airport - Air Traffic and Navigation Services of South Africa; and Tenerife Norte International Airport - Aeropuertos Espanoles y Navegacion Aerea.

In addition to INDMEX's extensive international experience in surveillance, the company's staff has a proven track record in the United States in the development and implementation of enterprise solutions for commercial and general aviation airports. From the development of collaborative decision-making (CDM) software, to traffic flow management and departure slot allocation systems for leading global aerospace firms in the United States and Europe, the INDMEX staff has demonstrated their technical ability to develop the right size solution to address the clients' needs.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Over the past 15 years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has identified runway incursions as a significant danger to air travel. In attempts to mitigate such risk, the FAA has deployed a multitude of systems designed to assist pilots and air traffic controllers to identify potential incursions and pro-actively mitigate the potential for such an event from taking place. FAA programs like the Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X), Airport Surface Surveillance Capability (ASSC) and Runway Status Lights (RWSL) have greatly contributed to a reduction in accidental entries by aircraft into occupied runways.

Unfortunately, as it applies to preventing ground vehicles such as snowplows, airport rescue firefighting equipment, and maintenance and inspection vehicles from inadvertently entering a runway, the problem still persists. In addition, legacy solutions intended to alert drivers were technically challenging to implement, required specialized equipment and were cost prohibitive for all but the largest airports, resulting in limited installations to only a handful of vehicles.

Recognizing the critical need to alert drivers in as many vehicles as possible before an incursion into the Runway Safety Area (RSA) takes place, INDMEX Aviation developed and is currently marketing and distributing its Airport Vehicle Incursion Warning and Surveillance Suite of solutions (A-VIWS). The A-VIWS solution is comprised of two key elements, INDMEX's SurfPAD Runway Incursion Warning System (RIWS) and eSQUIDER Vehicle Surveillance Position Reporting application. Both of these applications, which operate on low-cost mobile devices from Apple, allow airports to provide drivers with in-vehicle situational awareness by displaying the position of their own vehicle on maps created from airport GIS files. The device proactively alerts the user - via visual and audible notifications - when the path and speed of the vehicle are deemed to cause a potential incursion or when the vehicle is within the Runway Safety Area (RSA).

In addition, the position of the vehicle is transmitted over cellular connectivity and shared with other SurfPAD users, allowing personnel to see, in real-time, the position of other personnel in the aircraft movement area. To further enhance the benefit of the application, INDMEX has integrated air traffic control surveillance data feeds from the FAA or commercial data vendors, thus allowing users to see the position of aircraft on the same display along with the position of other airport vehicles. By combining runway incursion alerting and real-time position reports of vehicles and aircraft into a simple, intuitive and easy to use portable platform, with hardware costs lower than one thousand dollars, INDMEX has given airports the ability to deploy a safety solution to a large number of vehicles, casting a larger safety net for the traveling public and airport staff.

R2M Innovations LLC

Company Description:

R2M Innovations is a startup company founded in August 2014 with the primary mission of turning valuable research in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into innovative technologies and products to improve the comfort and safety of children, disabled individuals, and other similar members of society. R2M strives to tackle unsolved real-world problems and develop products that can provide customers with a superior experience.

To advance its mission, the company has partnered with George Mason University. Dr. Massimiliano Albanese, who serves as a technical advisor and academic liaison at R2M, is a faculty member in the Department of Applied Information Technology, a co-director of the Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship, and the associate director of the Center for Secure Information Systems.

Through this collaboration, R2M has access to a vast array of domain experts in all areas of ICT, and to potential interns, which gives the company the flexibility to assemble, for each project, a team with the right skills to make it successful. Key members of the R2M team are Vittoria Aiello - who founded the company after working for several years as an advisor for a number of small businesses, nonprofit organizations and local agencies - and Ermanno Battista, who serves as the lead hardware and software developer. Aiello, who holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, is responsible for strategic and financial planning, marketing and general oversight.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

R2M Innovations is developing an innovative technology - currently in the prototyping/testing stage - to monitor and control the environment inside a moving or parked vehicle, and to ensure the comfort and safety of the most vulnerable passengers (children, seniors, individuals with disabilities, etc.) and of pets.

These passengers are more susceptible to being negatively impacted by drastic changes in the environment (temperature in particular) given their limited ability to self-address the situation or ask for help. There are two main classes of concerns to be addressed: safety and comfort. With respect to safety, reports show that each year numerous passengers are injured or die from hyperthermia (also referred to as heat stroke) as a result of remaining trapped in locked vehicles. The extent of the problem is particularly alarming for young children: an average of 38 children have died every year in the U.S. since 1998.

With respect to comfort, research shows that even in a moving vehicle with A/C on or windows open, temperature throughout the vehicle can vary by up to 14°F. With an external temperature of 77°F, internal temperature of a stationary vehicle can exceed 91°F in minutes. According to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, current technologies are not always effective in preventing injuries or deaths from hyperthermia, as they (i) are unreliable when installation and use do not strictly comply with manufacturer's specifications; (ii) frequently malfunction due to interference with other devices, synchronization errors, etc.; (iii) do not safeguard children who gain access to the vehicle or are not in child restraints; and (iii) cannot remedy the situation but simply alert the caregiver.

Moreover, except for built-in systems available in high-end vehicles, no stand-alone device exists to address differences in temperature inside a vehicle. Our technology, based on observing and timely reacting to unfolding events, enables the design of stand-alone devices capable of operating in a consistent and reliable manner under different operating conditions and requiring no caregiver's intervention to be activated or to remedy a potentially unsafe situation. R2M's innovative approach combines proprietary risk assessment algorithms with the ability to leverage the many electronic control units found in modern vehicles. It consists of: (i) sensing and monitoring several environmental variables inside and outside of the vehicle; (ii) integrating data collected from multiple sensors to effectively assess the risk associated with the current situation and make informed decisions; (iii) taking proper corrective actions to address the situation, including, but not limited to: attracting bystanders, rolling windows down, and turning A/C on. In conclusion, R2M's technology has the potential to be disruptive, as it does not rely on the caregiver, whose lack of attention may have created an unsafe situation, to take action.


Company Description:

Scatter plans to sell an innovative Software-as-a-Service-based data privacy solution to customers who use public and private cloud storage. Scatter's mission is to reduce the risks posed by hackers, spies, advertisers, vendors and compliance regulations. There is an unprecedented awareness of these threats within companies large and small, driven by coverage of Edward Snowden and the Sony, Anthem, and iCloud hacks, as well as many more incidents. Scatter will be an affordable, easy-to-use add-on to the cloud storage services people already use such as Dropbox, iCloud and Google Drive. The worldwide cloud storage market is projected to have three billion users by 2019.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

The cloud storage market is obviously large and growing quickly for a variety of use cases - individuals, businesses, developers, enterprise, big data and Internet of Things. Concurrently, there are serious and increasing issues around data privacy. Who truly has access to the data? Where is the data (legal jurisdiction/compliance/safe harbor)? Is it being monetized by the provider? Is it vulnerable to attack? Is it being channeled into surveillance systems?

Would you know if there was a problem? What could you do about it? It's certainly enough to inhibit adoption, but as such, this means providers who can solve for it will attract more customers. Various encryption schemes are the solution de rigueur, some being more effective than others (think client- side keys).

However, Scatter argues that encryption alone is not enough protection. Customers still have a single object subject to theft, misuse and attack. Plus, encryption solutions tend to be geeky/difficult to use and introduce key management problems. And of course, they don't solve the location issues. What if in addition to encryption, you - the data owner - could also fragment your files into unintelligible pieces and scatter them within or across several data centers? When a file is no longer a single object, there is simply nothing to attack. There is no longer any concern about location. There is no longer any need to worry about the security or integrity of unknown components, or if the data is absorbed into a monitoring system. These risks are all eliminated.

And what if the solution made this transparent to the user, and made key management easy? That's what Scatter promises. While Scatter is still in startup mode, the company has IP and a beta/proof of concept. The company has a team and is busy developing its commercial service offering.

SecureDB Inc.

Company Description:

SecureDB provides Encrypted User Management as a Service. In other words, SecureDB helps developers encrypt sensitive user fields in the cloud without having to write a single line of crypto code. SecureDB's cloud-based User Management REST APIs allow the developer to implement a Registration Screen, Login Screen, Two Factor Authentication, Password Management Screen, etc. in minutes. Most importantly, SecureDB's APIs transparently encrypt the data in transit and at rest. End-to-end encryption has become essential to every web and mobile application. SecureDB makes it very easy to implement strong encryption for data in transit and at rest.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

"In 2014 Q2, encryption was used in only 10 of the 237 reported data breach incidents," according to the SafeNet Breach Level Index Report. In other words, only four percent of the data breached was encrypted. User data is a coveted target for attackers. Yet, in an overwhelming majority of cases, this data is not encrypted. Encrypting data is an expensive, time consuming and complicated process. Startups and Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) usually do not have resources to do so. Even for large companies, the process could seem daunting.

SecureDB offloads the burden of encryption and key management from the developer by offering simple, cloud-based APIs. These APIs transparently encrypt the data and store it in SecureDB's cloud database platform.

SecureDB's secret sauce is in the application of multi-layered encryption. The company has built an Encryption Gateway that can encrypt sensitive data based on a certain set of policies. The encrypted data is then stored in an encrypted database. Thus, to fully compromise the data, an attacker must compromise both the Encryption Gateway and the database at the same time.

Almost all web and mobile applications need user management screens. On an average, it takes 3+ months to develop and test these screens. With SecureDB's APIs, these screens can be developed in days as opposed to months.

Syncurity Networks

Company Description:

Syncurity Networks is a software company that is disrupting the $9 billion security incident response market. The company is streamlining security event and incident handling in a way that helps organizations understand their adversaries better, enables faster threat containment and continuously improve their response process. Syncurity's software, IR-Flow, allows teams to optimize the process, handle the firehose of security alerts effectively and communicate up to management in a timely fashion. Syncurity supercharges your security operations and incident responders, putting manual process with email and spreadsheets in the past. When the security team uses IR-Flow, they won't remember how they did their job without it!

Syncurity is led by Jean Paul (JP) Bourget, who has a decade of cybersecurity experience, working hands-on with large companies to turn their security systems and management programs. Syncurity's Vice President of Engineering, Mike Volo, a serial entrepreneur, has a storied career building enterprise systems, and this is his third startup. The Vice President of Knowledge Management and Product Manager, Ray Davidson, Ph.D., last worked at the SANS Institute and was instrumental in their academic accreditation and was a technical course reviewer. Syncurity was a fall 2014 cohort company of the Mach37 Cybersecurity Accelerator, based in Herndon, Va. and sponsored by the Center for Innovative Technology.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

The problem of cybersecurity incidents is not going away. The C-suite is more concerned than ever about taking a proactive approach towards protecting the corporate assets. From patient records, to M&A deals, to HR data - attackers are after any and all information they can extract from networks.

With security alerting systems spilling a firehose of data out daily, security operation teams need a way to streamline the process of handling security alerts, quickly deciding if they are clues to a serious breach, or a false positive. Syncurity has developed IR-Flow, a Computer Security Incident Response Management Platform. In addition to enabling planned breach response, Syncurity streamlines daily security operations work. The company facilitates the handling of incoming security events, providing organizations with the platform necessary to efficiently scope, escalate and respond to events before they become breaches.

Syncurity enables organizations to become more effective, responding to security events immediately in a consistent, measurable and predictable fashion. The company integrates with security alerting tools, ticketing systems and detection technologies to provide a single pane of glass for day to day security operations. These integrations also enable effective cross team collaboration across departments and organizations. By capturing key internal knowledge during event handling, Syncurity can provide metrics up to the C-Suite on how well security operations is responding, what types of attacks they are facing, and measure cost per incident.

The company also enables the capture of institutional knowledge to build internal intelligence so organizations can understand the threats they are facing and adjust their security posture as needed. Finally, Syncurity is currently developing techniques to automate the enrichment of data surrounding security alerts to lower the time needed researching each event. Automated data collection and enrichment will allow companies to further reduce costs to manage the day to day handling of security alerts while documenting them, escalating events to investigations and incidents as appropriate.


Company Description:

Unisys is a global information technology company that solves complex IT challenges at the intersection of modern and mission critical. The company works with many of the world's largest companies and government organizations to secure and keep their mission-critical operations running at peak performance; streamline and transform their data centers; enhance support to their end users and constituents; and modernize their enterprise applications.

Unisys does this while protecting and building on legacy IT investments. The company's offerings include outsourcing and managed services, systems integration and consulting services, high-end server technology, cybersecurity and cloud management software, and maintenance and support services. Unisys has more than 20,000 employees serving clients around the world.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Insiders and external hackers are accessing sensitive data, systems, and networks more frequently and with greater ease. Unisys Stealth™ is innovative software-based security designed to prevent security breaches by protecting sensitive assets from the inside-out, by making systems, devices and other endpoints undetectable to unauthorized users inside and outside the organization. With Stealth, access to critical systems is established based on user identity, on a need-to-know basis. In addition, Stealth encrypts data-in-motion across any network, protecting the entire data path. Stealth reduces risk by concealing endpoints, making them undetectable to all unauthorized parties inside and outside the enterprise; implements with little disruption to the existing IT infrastructure, it merely rests on top; tightens access control by basing it on user identity and not physical devices, so security moves with the user and is easier to manage; protects sensitive data-in-motion from potential compromise through encryption; reduces costs by allowing organizations to consolidate and virtualize networks, servers and cloud architectures; supports regulatory compliance such as Payment Card Industry and other requirements that are drawing resources away from core business and mission focus; strengthens agility for quick and easy adaptation to emerging business and mission requirements; and helps future-proof their security investments by aligning with enterprise transformation trends.

Stealth has helped a variety of organizations address pressing security needs: a U.S. public sector organization is using Stealth to enable encryption for data moving across networks while cutting costs by eliminating 60 percent of its firewalls; a high-growth U.S. county in a Midwestern state used Stealth to protect constituents' financial data and secure its electronic payment system; a non-profit aquarium used Stealth for data security and to enable compliance to industry standards to protect payment card data; a Fortune 100 chemical company used Stealth to mitigate security threats related to end-of-life support for Windows XP systems, avoiding costs of up to $50 million to rewrite code for 15 critical applications; an energy production company used Stealth to mitigate security threats related to end-of-life support for Windows XP systems while complying with regulations governing SCADA systems; and a North American federal agency used Stealth to provide access to classified and non-classified data from a single access point by only those who were authorized to view it.

Stealth is helping these and other organizations protect sensitive data and IP critical to their missions and businesses, their customers and constituents, and their reputations. The evidence of headline-grabbing breaches is mounting - perimeter security defenses are crumbling. Stealth is helping security professionals protect their most critical, sensitive data, and networks.

vClick3d Inc.

Company Description:

Compression and FPS (Frames Per Second) have been at odds for decades. vClick3d has changed the playing field, with new intellectual property to achieve zero/zero for bandwidth and storage. Ben Theis has assembled experts to advance the product and services. More experts are needed, especially in the financial and technical areas. Verizon, Microsoft and Flextronics have all provided support. vClick3d received early funding within 10 days of formal notification to the marketplace.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

vClick3d has invented three separate solutions that when combined create a new surveillance solution for clients, a revenue source for providers and a new videography platform. Exactly how has vclick3d achieved zero/zero for bandwidth and storage requirements? The company has combined a new camera that sees the reality in front of its sensor and overlays a dynamic image. After the space is seen, in real-time, the dynamic reality of the space is at zero. Therefore, no new information is being calculated and no bandwidth or storage is being consumed. When the dynamic view changes, new calculations are taken and paired with the actual video information. No compression algorithms are used by vClick3d.

Under these conditions, vClick3d has been able to reduce the amount of video information while increasing the evidentiary information by three times. Dynamic or moving space, bad actor identification and other requirements for surveillance have been addressed by vClick3d and the same principles are being applied to enhance detection while reducing cost and consumption.

To provide a demonstration, vClick3d was pointed at the same scene as a high definition camera. The HD camera is one dimensional while the vClick3d camera is three dimensional. The overall raw data without zero/zero dynamics were an 8x reduction and 3x increase in evidentiary information. vClick3d has configured and improved surveillance with a focus on bandwidth and storage. In early testing vClick3d demonstrated 8x reductions in bandwidth and storage.

Employing vClick3d's expanded features, true zero/zero was achieved; bandwidth - zero, storage - zero, evidentiary increased 3x. Some of the products and services that can be expected are: a new camera accessory, new camera and software, and new revenue sources.

Wave Extinguisher

Company Description:

The goal purpose of Wave Extinguisher is to use acoustic sound waves to extinguish and/or suppress chemical and liquid based flames.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Flames need three things to exist: (1) oxygen, (2) heat and (3) fuel. Wave Extinguisher's products use the scientific principles of physics and the engineering aspects of electronics to successfully suppress a flame.

Traditional fire extinguishers, such as the chemical foam fire extinguisher and water, have proven themselves to successfully extinguish flames, but pose the threat that they will severely damage indoor equipment, whereas an acoustic wave fire extinguisher itself would protect the materials from further damage. Traditional fire extinguishers pose the hazard of destroying electronics and other valuable equipment and at the same time putting surrounding life at risk of chemical harm.

Widely accepted traditional spacecraft extinguishers use chemicals including carbon dioxide, water-foam and Halon 1301. These chemical elements pose a threat to the surrounding personnel and pose severe damage to valuable equipment. Wave Extinguisher's products reduce the risk of fire posed by flammable and combustible material in spacecraft. The proposed approach allows for flames to be put out without taking chemicals from earth, which would be a source of undesired weight and augmented safety standards.

This fire extinguishing device is intended for residential and commercial use. Focusing on indoor implementation, Wave Extinguisher's devices will serve the need of partially protecting indoor materials such as paper documents, furniture, etc. Traditional fire extinguishers such as the chemical foam fire extinguisher, although they have been shown to successfully put out flames, do pose the threat that they will completely destroy indoor equipment, whereas the acoustic fire extinguisher itself will protect the materials from further damage caused from the fire.

Health, Education & Energy

Arbiom Inc.

Company Description:

Arbiom (formerly Optafuel Biométhodes) was founded to address the lack of a proper sourcing solution to provide sustainable material to the numerous companies of the bioeconomy. At the intersection between industrial, societal and environmental challenges this bioeconomy is facing, Arbiom' mission is to develop exclusive technologies enabling the sustainable use of non-food green biomass. The patented Arbiom technology is the only bio refinery solution developed specifically to convert residues from agriculture and forestry into the intermediates required for production of advanced biofuels, biomaterials and green chemicals.

With its unique combined expertise in both chemical process engineering and biotechnologies, Arbiom is perfectly positioned to provide the bioeconomy with intermediates matching its requirements relating to cost, quality, sustainability and availability in the massive amounts needed to displace significantly fossil oil usage. The bioeconomy is expected to amount to $1.4 trillion by 2025, opening up a $700 billion market for its sourcing from Arbiom products. Arbiom business model simultaneously enables the agriculture and the forest industry to better valorize their resources and the chemical industry to access an abundant and sustainable material.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

The energy, chemical and agricultural industries are crucial for the world's economic and social development. They are science, technology and knowledge-based industries that are essential to a sustainable world economy, as well as improved health and nutrition. Migration from fossil oil to renewable sustainable feedstock is already underway, with the ongoing structuration of biomass production on the one hand, and the emergence of end market applications such as biofuels, biochemical, biotechnology applications on the other hand.

This "bioeconomy" represents the next great industrial challenge, with estimates placing it at up to $1.4 trillion per year as soon as 2025 (biofuels alone could represent up to $13 trillion per year by 2050). Sourcing that bioeconomy with bio-based intermediates will represent a $700 billion per year market. Among the currently pursued alternatives to oil, biomass is the only solution addressing the requirements of the chemical industry thanks to its rich chemical value. All other solutions, whether they are solar, nuclear, or wind, are strictly limited to energy, while shale gas is poor in heavy components.

This new value chain is currently lacking a key element: converting the raw biomass in components usable by the industry in a sustainable and economical manner. Existing "first-generation" biofuels and current industrial biotech developments, such as using food-based resources, have already been proven to be unsustainable due to the pressure they have put on human and animal feeding, the lack of environmental benefit even when compared to fossil fuel, and the high price volatility of the feedstock used. Arbiom's biorefinery technology provides a sustainable, non-food based, sourcing solution for the bio-fuels, biochemicals and biomaterials industries, enabling a sustainable bioeconomy as a whole. Arbiom is uniquely positioned as the future sourcing technology for the upcoming industrial biotechnology.

The new microorganisms, under development at companies like GEVO and Amyris, or in labs, aim at the production of advanced biofuels (butanol for instance) or platform chemicals (succinic acid, lactic acid, etc.). These microorganisms are highly sensitive to the quality of their substrates, and Arbiom's bio-compatible process is the only one focused on providing sugars compatible with these applications. Other ligno-cellulosic technologies provide low-grade substrates, laced with inhibitors, making ethanol production difficult and advanced biotech applications impossible. The unique characteristics of the Arbiom-grade substrates open a broad range of potential applications expanding far beyond commodity ethanol (butanol, lactic acid, butadiene, etc.). This biotech-oriented process also paves the way to the "Holy Grail" of biotech: the Consolidated Bio-Process (combining several steps of bio-conversions into a single organism), opening up an even wider array of applications.


Company Description:

Avizia provides telemedicine equipment, software and services to connect patients to doctors in real-time to share video, audio and data. The same video conferencing technology that connects corporations can give patients in rural areas access to medical specialists or reduce response times for a stroke patient in an urban hospital. Specialists from anywhere in the world can enter a virtual clinic or operating room to provide service at the touch of a button. Avizia telemedicine solutions save lives, reduce costs and improve outcomes.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

The world's healthcare systems are struggling to keep up with the challenges of today's patients. The U.S. is especially struggling as the aging population, increased incident of chronic disease and legislation implementation are creating a severe shortage in doctors especially in rural areas. Coupled with changes in how patients want to consume healthcare (e.g., from home), healthcare is demanding innovation to dramatically improve the patient experience and outcomes.

Avizia connects patients and providers regardless of distance, plain and simple. Rural areas that lack access to neurologists, cardiologists, and more use Avizia to get access to those specialists. In urban settings, telemedicine brings specialists to critical care situations immediately, improving outcomes and patient satisfaction. Avizia's e-visit platform lets millions of patients see a doctor from the comfort of their home instead of sitting in a waiting room.

The Avizia Complete Connected Care platform includes 1) telemedicine equipment such as mobile video carts and medical devices, 2) cloud-based software to manage patient workflow and apps for any device to securely connect with doctors and 3) professional services to train and deploy telemedicine in hospital systems.

Our solutions are:

- Easy to use - Avizia makes telemedicine easy with equipment that is simple, intuitive, and approachable. Aviza's telemedicine carts feature streamlined designs for lighter weight and flexibility. Avizia software products feature intuitive interfaces so patients can use any device with a browser to connect with their doctor.

- Easy to implement - Telemedicine historically required a costly investment that limited provider facilities from fully deploying telemedicine services. Avizia is dramatically reducing the entry cost. Instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to start a telemedicine program, the Avizia Video Cloud is subscription-based, enabling facilities of all sizes to have access to telemedicine. For larger hospitals, Avizia uses standards-based video that is interoperable with the systems they already have - we support Cisco, Polycom, Vidyo, and other leading video platforms.

- Safe and secure - Protecting patient data is paramount, and the Avizia Complete Connected Care platform ensures security and patient safety. Avizia's cloud services and data interchanges are HIPAA compliant and encrypted. Avizia's telemedicine carts and medical device peripherals are FDA class 1 registered and are tested to exceed international medical standards.

- Integrated - Avizia's workflow software is fully integrated with Electronic Health Records (EHR) platforms, Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) imaging, e-prescribing modules, and back office hospital systems to accelerate the speed of care. And since Aviza's equipment uses standard interfaces, providers can use peripherals like ultrasound machines and scopes they already have. Avizia's Complete Connected Care platform provides comprehensive solutions that provide everything needed to quickly deploy telehealth.

Innovation Health

Company Description:

In June 2012, Innovation Health combined the vision and best practices of a leading health insurance company (Aetna) with a nationally recognized nonprofit healthcare system (Inova). Together Aetna and Inova created Innovation Health, the first 50/50 joint venture of its kind in the country.

History has shown that when it came to health insurance contract negotiations with hospital systems, the battle could be a heavyweight-caliber fight. This put the hospital, insurer and patients at risk of an insurance debacle. This venture brings a whole new way of looking at these negotiations, meaning Aetna and Inova are both equally invested in and accountable to the patients, employers and each other for driving down cost.

Further, Aetna and Inova's unique partnership allows the companies to offer high quality, low cost health maintenance organization (HMO) and preferred provider organization (PPO) health insurance products to individuals and employers in Northern Virginia. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., Innovation Health serves more than 163,000 members today. Innovation Health offers affordable, high quality health insurance plans to employers as well as individuals on and off Virginia's health care exchange.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Innovation Health created high quality, low cost health insurance plans that are as much as 30 percent less than the market competition in Northern Virginia. Innovation's sophisticated technology, coupled with its progressive, proactive medical management model, helps the organization close communication and care gaps, reduce medical errors and waste, and encourage at-risk members to get the care they need after a hospital discharge, an emergency room visit or outpatient surgery.

More specifically, Innovation Health has reduced hospital readmission rates by 6.7 percent; encouraged 47 percent of its patients to participate in a disease management program (up from 30 percent); and referred and engaged 86 percent of patients into a complex case management program (up from 20 percent).

Innovation Health accomplishes this through the following steps: first, Inova doctors can seamlessly coordinate their patients' care across specialties and facilities within the network as well as share critical patient data through their Epic Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. EHR organizes standardized, evidence-based guidelines in the form of best practice order sets; identifies at-risk patients with real-time reporting and manages patient populations with clinical registries.

In addition, non-Inova providers can see the same information when they treat one of the Innovation Health members. That's because non-Inova providers can connect through Care Everywhere, Epic's physician portal, even if they use paper charts within their own practices.

Further, Innovation Health network providers can better understand members' potential health issues thanks to additional Aetna clinical decision support tools. For example, Innovation Health can alert them to wellness opportunities or safety risks based on members' claims histories. Innovation Health can also explain claims payment coding rationales through its Clear Claim Connection service. And Innovation Health's personal digital assistants provide real-time, point of service information as well as electronic prescribing capabilities.

Finally, Innovation Health's technology engages its members and helps them make smarter healthcare decisions. Patients can review their own secure personal health records, pinpoint in-network doctors and facilities, get cost-saving pop-up alerts and use digital ID cards. They can also manage their healthcare on the go through the free iTriage® app, which lets them set and track their own health goals, make appointments and more.

Kajeet Inc.

Company Description:

Kajeet is the only wireless service provider dedicated to kids and education. The Kajeet story began more than 10 years ago with three dads figuring out how technology, kids and parents work best. ("Kajeet" is an acronym of the first letters of the names of the company's founders' children). Thinking of their own kids, the founders designed a service to provide kids with everything they need to safely explore the exciting world of mobile tech.

In 2011, Kajeet saw an opportunity in the changing education landscape as technology became integrated into teaching. Today, as technology spreads through schools, students are eager to use it and educators realize its value. Kajeet took its innovative and patented technology (25 patents) for cell phones and turned it into a product to help low-income students get safe access to the Internet at home.

Currently, 100 million Americans do not have access to Internet at home. When the school day ends, there are millions of American students who are increasingly at an educational disadvantage by not having Internet once they go home. Kajeet is partnering with more than 52 districts in 20 states to keep students connected to online textbooks, apps, emails, documents and websites, as well as to their teachers. Kajeet Education Broadband ensures that students have a level playing field for academic success and improved test scores.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Kajeet provides mobile Education Broadband™ to connect students anytime, anywhere they engage in learning. Education Broadband is intended for educational use only with one device per student. Kajeet partners with districts to provide safe, filtered broadband Internet access to students with a demonstrated need.

The Kajeet SmartSpot® solution, a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, combined with the Innovative Sentinel® cloud portal, enables administrators and teachers to provide Children's Internet Protection Act-compliant, customizable filtered Internet access that keeps students focused on school work. Kajeet is driven to make this solution affordable in order to connect as many disadvantaged students as possible within limited budgets.

Thus, Education Broadband is designed to block inappropriate content and minimize non-educational activities that consume bandwidth and drive up costs for the entire system. A school or district is not limited on bandwidth for educational sites. However, in the event Kajeet detects bandwidth consumption inconsistent with educational use, Kajeet may temporarily block such service while conducting further review.

This learning system allows Kajeet to continually refine the solution to deliver the most cost-effective service possible and to identify new potential threats to students quickly and efficiently. Kajeet works with customers to ensure any site required for student success is allowed and legitimately used for education. These policies adapt frequently as the Internet evolves, new protocols emerge, and new apps present threats or distractions.

Education Broadband comes with two, pre-configured settings: K-8 students and 9-12 students. Both groups block: criminal and age-inappropriate content (porn, drugs/alcohol, weapons, gambling, profanity, hate speech, etc.); many high-bandwidth or popular consumer sites and app traffic (Internet radio, TV, celebrity news/gossip, non-educational games, text/pic/video chat sites, etc.); various protocol and security risks (known malware, proxies, viruses, Peer to Peer protocols, Internet Protocol Security Virtual Private Network (IPSEC VPN), etc.). In addition, both groups have time controls blocking access from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (by default, can be adjusted) so students have appropriate time for sleep. Finally, the 9-12 group allows some content not allowed in K-8 (sexual education sites, social networking, etc.).


Company Description:

Noblis is a nonprofit science, technology, and strategy organization that brings the best of scientific thought, management and engineering expertise with a reputation for independence and objectivity. The company supports a wide range of government and industry clients in the areas of national security, intelligence, transportation, healthcare, environmental sustainability, and enterprise engineering.

Together with its wholly owned subsidiaries, Noblis ESI and Noblis NSP, the company solves difficult problems of national significance. Noblis brings an integrated set of capabilities and top talent across an array of disciplines and domains so the company can offer clients the right expertise to accomplish their most critical missions.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Until recently, the quest to rapidly map the human genome and unlock the secrets of DNA remained elusive due to barriers in cost and computing power. Today, advances in next-generation sequencing technologies are fueling the market for computational power with the ability to process, identify, and analyze large and complex datasets.

BioVelocity, a whole genome analysis platform from Noblis, offers accurate detection of singular nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) insertions or deletions and other genomic features. This next-generation sequencing analysis technology is opening new doors to research by making large datasets of rapid sequence alignment accurate, accessible, affordable, and fast.

Noblis' BioVelocity tool removes the bottleneck that analyzing the increase volume of genomic sequencing data creates. It completes multiple sequence alignment and detects genetic changes and mutations at improved speeds and increased accuracy. Repeatable tests using BioVelocity demonstrate that the process of aligning reads and deriving SNPs can be completed in approximately 12 minutes.

Dangerous pathogens and harmless microorganisms are everywhere. Identifying and understanding them can lead to better methods for containment and reduction of bio threats. Noblis accurately performed analysis of 2.7 million metagenomic sequence reads in just 37 seconds and determined the makeup of all microbial species present. BioVelocity can swiftly separate and identify these unknown organisms using Noblis-developed algorithms combined with a comprehensive database of reference genomes.

Human DNA sequences are larger and even more complicated than pathogens and often require more analysis to identify genetic changes critical for medical research and diagnostics. By processing complete human genomes and exomes (the portion that codes proteins) 50 times faster than other technologies, Noblis and BioVelocity are accelerating new discoveries.

After sequencers generate genomic data at the lab it often takes days, weeks, or even months before usable findings can be identified. Noblis eliminates this delay by directly querying the raw data against its genomic database and using BioVelocity's variant finding capabilities to identify which species are present or which genetic mutations have occurred. BioVelocity uses an exceptionally fast, parallel sequencing alignment algorithm. By overcoming current speed barriers, it makes the rapid detection of SNPs and other genomic features more accessible to labs, hospitals, and research facilities. Noblis' BioVelocity shows promise for the future of genomic research and personalized medicine.

Perigean Technologies LLC

Company Description:

Perigean Technologies LLC is a Woman-Owned Small Business specializing in knowledge elicitation, learning assessment, expertise management and macrocognitive engineering. Perigean consists of researchers, designers, consultants and trainers. The business's clients have included Fortune 100 companies, government and educational organizations.

The staff is also software developers, accelerating improvement by developing novel games and nextgen learning assessment apps. Sero! is the first such application, though Perigean's software design experience has included analytic tools for the intelligence community. Versions of Sero! have been evaluated by IARPA and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Perigean's Chief Technology Officer, Brian Moon, is the lead editor of Applied Concept Mapping: Capturing, Analyzing, and Organizing Knowledge (CRC Press, 2011). Perigean also has an extensive global network of concept mapping colleagues, and working relationships with learning specialists from K-12 through adult learners.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

After a decade of experience with programs designed to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, many in the educational community are reconsidering the state of assessment systems. The winds of change are blowing. The science framework for the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress has recommended the use of Interactive Computer Tasks (ICTs). Concept Mapping is one of the types of ICT that is "highly recommended" for inclusion in every National Assessment of Educational Progress Science Assessment at the 8th and 12th grade levels.

Sero! will be an integrated line of products that facilitate the process of conducting computer-based summative and formative concept map assessment. The primary intended users of Sero! will be teachers at all levels of learning, in any discipline. Secondary users will be learners - i.e., the focus of the assessment activities. Future users of Sero! product lines will be large-scale assessment personnel and assessors of adult learning.

The products in the Sero! line will be: (1) a software product that facilitates assessment item creation and selection, assessment task execution, semi-automated and automated scoring for summative assessment, instructional feedback for formative assessment, and tracking and reporting management; (2) assessment content for use in the software product that facilitates alignment with appropriate standards of learning; and (3) training material that facilitates tutorials embedded in the software product that instruct on its use, a professional development experience that instructs on the use of the Sero! product line and the Concept Map-based assessment generally.

SailMinder Inc.

Company Description:

SailMinder is an early-stage technology company looking to further develop a patent pending software targeting knowledge workers who are looking for better tools to find content and retain what they read.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

SailMinder has built a way to transform the content read online into a curriculum for learning. The company's product is built on machine learning technology that captures the intelligence of the user base and uses it to guide knowledge workers to new, quality content in a way not currently available. SailMinder developed a working web-hosted prototype that aids in discovery by topically organizing content and suggesting new content in a sequenced way that follows a learning curve.

The prototype quips managers to assign research tasks to employees and track their areas, and levels, of expertise. Teams can collaborate and build a shared corpus in a way that the current web browsers do not support. In addition, a company's collective business intelligence is enhanced which provides direct marketplace advantages. The technology ensures retention by incorporating proven learning tools (e.g. flashcards, glossary, people, quotes) integrated into the web content. What you've read becomes what you know.


Company Description:

The electricity infrastructure is changing to meet the needs of today and tomorrow. Energy storage devices such as large, stationary batteries will become a critical piece of distributed electrical infrastructure. But energy storage devices are only useful if they are put to work intelligently. Tumalow makes control software for energy storage devices. The company automatically optimizes the use of energy storage by calculating the best times to charge and discharge.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

For businesses and schools, paying the electric bill may seem like an inevitable operating expense. But Tumalow gives schools and businesses a way to reduce their electric bill at no cost. The building's electric bill includes a demand-charge based on the fifteen minutes each month the customer uses the most power. The energy used to set the demand charge costs hundreds of times more than energy used the rest of the month.

To address this issue, Tumalow installs a battery backup system into the building at no upfront cost. Then, Tumalow's software senses when the building will set a demand charge. The technology automatically discharges the battery system to supply some of the building's power needs. When the customer sees measured and verified savings on a bill, Tumalow shares in those savings with customers to cover the company's costs.

Because the customer didn't pay anything upfront, the project is cash flow positive from the first month. And the savings continues month after month. Tumalow will even keep the lights on in an emergency. Tumalow's innovative technology has been recognized by the Department of Energy with a SunShot Catalyst grant, and by Big Apps as the Energy on Demand challenge winner. Tumalow was also selected to be part of the inaugural cohort at northern Virginia's new cleantech incubator: Potential Energy.

Health, Education & Energy

Asius Technologies

Company Description:

As a teenager, Stephen Ambrose, the pioneer of the wireless in-ear monitor, was recording a song in a studio next door to Johnny Cash. He had the chance to hear Johnny's voice through headphones and was so impressed with that sound he decided to try to re-create it at home. By modifying swimmer's earplugs with tiny speakers and clay, he had the beginnings of his in-ear monitor. This technology represented the first time that high fidelity sound was delivered to a sealed ear canal. After the design was perfected, Stephen toured with many performers such as Stevie Wonder. In ear monitors replaced bulky speakers called stage monitors, allowed performers to hear their own voice over the crowd and are still used by performers worldwide.

For the past 4 years, Asius has benefited from National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health research grants that have provided the R&D funds to make important platform discoveries initially applied to earbuds, hearing aids and hearing protection. Last year, Asius was one of 500 companies who made it to the top 5 while competing to be the Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year during a five month competition.

Asius's patented and scalable ability to convert sound to energy qualified the company for the Autodesk clean energy partnership and 2013 inventor of the year. In May of 2014, Asius was one of 64 companies competing for the international Challenge Cup, in December 2014, Asius sold $650,000 of headphones on Kickstarter. During a meeting at Apple, executives came away very impressed with the audio quality, naming it the Holy Grail of sound.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

The first problem the innovations are addressing is the 77 percent increase in hearing loss among adolescents. This hearing loss has been attributed to earbud use. Asius discovered that this hearing loss is caused by sound pressure levels delivered to the eardrum that are 10 times higher than they need to be. But it's not the listener's fault - turning down the volume is not the answer. This problem is compounded because 125 million earbuds are sold each year, all needlessly causing hearing loss. Why is the sound 10 times too loud? Why can't the user just turn down the volume?

Ambrose made a discovery when he went back into the lab to develop the next generation in-ear monitor. He found that when the ear canal is sealed with an earbud or hearing aid, acoustic pressures convert to amplified pneumatic pressure. Unlike acoustic pressure, pneumatic pressure causes motion, specifically motion of the eardrum. The eardrum is then forced to reactively move with amplitude that is a thousand times more than normal. This causes muscles around the eardrum to reflexively tighten the eardrum and damp the sound. Volume must be turned up to overcome this damping. The more the volume is increased, the more the eardrum tightens.

The solution, Ambrose found, was to build a tiny membrane that absorbs the pounding and acts like an auxiliary eardrum. Now the eardrum relaxes and listens. Volumes can now sound just as loud, but are actually at 1/10 the power.

These results were achieved with independent testing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Last year, Asius presented these results to the International Acoustic Congress in Montreal. In addition, the discovery has been applied to products by adding compliant membranes to Skullcandy brand earbuds. The amount of volume in the "second eardrum" can be adjusted to provide the best sound for any ear geography or listener taste.

For Asius's next generation product, the company converts the harmful sound (pneumatic pressure) from an earbud or hearing aid to energy. The energy powers a tiny pump that inflates a bubble in the ear canal. Asius has a pioneer patent on this clean energy application of converting sound to air pressure. The bubble fits comfortably and provides an amazing sound quality at much lower volumes, preventing hearing loss.

Asius has also been awarded a third research grant from the National Science Foundation and will be applying its innovation to hearing protection. The company adds a new dimension to the perceptual map that is both healthy and improves the audio quality. Asius's technology makes lower volumes sound louder and better and safer.

Apple and others introducing earbuds capable of health monitoring. Why would consumers want to monitor your health with a headset that damages your hearing? It would be comparable to using a thermometer that leads to mercury poisoning.

Brain Sentry

Company Description:

Brain Sentry set out to create an affordable and practical wearable sensor that helps to identify the two key risk factors for brain injury in youth sport: 1) unusually rapid head acceleration and 2) frequent hits to the head. Specific objectives included creation of an utterly simple user experience that would be easy for a volunteer coach to manage. Meeting this objective meant development of technology that managed power consumption to such an extent that the battery would NEVER need to be recharged. Yet, it also meant that there could be no requirement to turn the device on or off - it must be on at all times. A motion activation scheme was developed that, when combined with ultra-efficient microprocessor and sensor systems, provides a battery life of a full year.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Brain Sentry has been unique in its marriage of microelectromechanical systems with a revolutionary understanding of the biophysics of brain injury. The Brain Sentry Impact Sensor is one of the first commercially available products to integrate a new generation of nano, low power, digital output high-g microelectromechanical (MEMS) 3-axis linear accelerometers.

When an acceleration force is applied to the sensor, a proof mass displaces from its nominal position, causing an imbalance in a capacitive half bridge. This imbalance is measured using charge integration in response to a voltage pulse applied to the capacitor. This innovative sensor, combined with Brain Sentry's proprietary firmware, is capable of measuring up to 690g of peak linear acceleration and it is capable of measuring accelerations with output data rates from 0.5 Hz to 1 kHz. The high-g capabilities are necessary to achieve Brain Sentry's usability goal of mounting the sensor on the helmet shell, where peak linear acceleration approaches ten-fold what is experienced at the head center of gravity (CG). A significant part of the development effort has been focused on usability, battery life, and packaging. The microprocessor is a 16-bit RISC CPU that has been architected with five low-power modes - optimized to achieve extended battery life. The digitally controlled oscillator allows wake up from low-power modes to active mode in less than one microsecond.

Several innovative screening algorithms have been developed by Brain Sentry to determine if an acceleration event should trigger an alert:
  • Spatial Transfer Function™ (STF™): An impact to the helmet shell results in an acceleration of the shell that is significantly shorter in duration and larger in peak linear acceleration then the force experienced at the head CG. The Brain Sentry STF is designed to account for both spatial and force scale differences from the rear of the helmet sensor mounting location and the head CG.
  • Directionally Adaptive Sensing™ (DAS™): Energy absorption varies based on the location of impact to the helmet. A volumetrically tuned impact correction factor was established for each sport to more accurately map the transference of energy transferred to the head CG. The result of this effort has been a unique calibration for the Brain Sentry Impact Sensor for each sport.
  • Impact Duration Culling: The duration of the impact plays a significant role in what is clinically relevant. A peak acceleration of 100g applied for a one microsecond pulse is not likely to cause an injury because the duration of the acceleration is so short that there is not enough time for the head to move relative to the brain. Brain Sentry's software filters impacts that are too short to be clinically significant.


Company Description:

CyberTimez is a firm believer in (and driven by) the motto "Always in the service of others." The company focuses on automating the Internet of Things using wearable devices like smart watches.

CyberTimez's driving force for most of its projects is to develop products that make a real difference in real peoples' lives. Most of CyberTimez's products start their life in the accessibility space, solving problems for those with the most challenges in everyday life while finding other commercial market verticals.

CyberTimez's team brings a vast array of skills developed over long careers including software development, project and portfolio management, and electrical and mechanical engineering. This unique combination of highly skilled industry experts gives CyberTimez a unique ability to tackle challenges that are typically beyond the reach of most organizations. The company takes great pride in the products, services and tools it designs, develops and markets. Providing solutions to real world problems using advanced technology solutions motivates the CyberTimez team to achieve goals that at first can seem daunting, but quickly become feasible and achievable.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Cyber Armz is a product that automates the real Internet of Things, including physical objects like doors, drawers, cabinets and appliances, using voice commands and a smart watch. Using simple voice commands like "open microwave" and "close microwave," Cyber Armz enables real world automation providing increased independence, security and pizazz. Not only can Cyber Armz better enable persons with disabilities and the elderly to lead more independent lives, but it also has several commercial applications including high end home theater systems, clean rooms, high value inventory management, weapons security, hazardous environments and anywhere that access needs to be controlled, tracked and audited.

Cyber Armz started out as a quest to assist a double amputee with daily tasks like opening refrigerator and cabinet doors. After several months of effort (and lots of dry wall repair), a solution presented itself by combining newly available open source microprocessors and smart watches. Cyber Armz uses linear actuators controlled via a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encrypted WiFi microprocessor to open and close doors, drawers and cabinets. Using SSL encrypted WiFi ensures that the system cannot be taken over by malicious attackers while at the same time making installation easy by taking advantage of the WiFi networks that already exist in most residential and commercial environments.

Cyber Armz also records each action, the date and time it happened and the user that performed that action. This log can be reviewed using a web browser providing audit and security management reports needed by secure and commercial organizations. Rather than having to memorize digital names like "C-1" and "D-2," users have the ability to "train" the system when it is setup and name cabinets and drawers simple names that make sense to them like "plates," "glasses," and "silverware."

CyberTimez also uses this training time to record each user's specific speech patterns ensuring that the company can support speech recognition for people with accents, speech impairments and even foreign languages. This speech pattern recognition is also being used to enhance Cyber Armz capability to authenticate specific users to ensure only authorized users are accessing secure areas. In high end home theater installations, CyberTimez enables users to automate several actions such as lifting the television out of a cabinet while simultaneously opening a DVD storage case. With Cyber Armz, users are no longer keeping up with the "Jones's," now they're keeping up with the Jetsons. Cyber Armz provides software that matters and hardware that makes a difference.

Inspire Living Inc.

Company Description:

Inspire Living is an early-stage company that offers health devices for children, addressing the critical and growing global need for point of use devices specifically for children. Inspire Living's mission is to develop meaningful innovations that improve the quality of care, enhance children's lives and enable the delivery of better outcomes at lower costs. Inspire Living believes that everyone should have access to good technology and the company aims to have a significant impact on global health inequities using innovative technologies at home and abroad.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Inspire is a portable vitals monitoring device for babies that enables anyone to perform an automated respiratory and vitals exam in one minute from anywhere. Inspire is designed for use in clinics, at home, in the field and even in the most remote areas of the world. The technology includes options to seamlessly communicate that information to a doctor remotely. Inspire is carried to the field on the wrist, and when needed the device is placed mid-chest on the child to immediately measure vitals.

The unique banding system hugs the child just under the arms to get the best vitals sign measurements. Results are displayed on the device, sent to the user's phone or sent to the doctor remotely for assessment. Inspire uses patented and patent pending technology, and is developing protocols for: pneumonia, apnea and more. With a growing shortage of healthcare workers, a lack of access to healthcare for many and rising healthcare costs, there is demand for tools, especially for children, that fill that gap without compromising standard of care.

In addition, increasing use of the emergency rooms is creating a burden on the system and higher costs for families and taxpayers. A growing number of children are getting their primary care in the emergency room. In 2013, 80 percent of emergency room visits were by children under five, and averaged $1000 per visit.

Inspire is for:
  1. Parents to monitor their child at home with a device their doctor trusts. From the comfort of home, parents can provide current vital information to the doctor, preventing unnecessary trip to the doctor's office or emergency room.
  2. Doctors to cost effectively spot check or monitor their patients remotely with reliable information. By spotting issues early, a doctor can intervene, prevent or reduce ER visits or hospital readmissions. Further, with Inspire, doctors can reach those patients with limited access in remote and underserved areas.
  3. Health workers in all fields outside the clinic - home health nurses, school nurses, day care centers, etc. - to use the device as an automated vitals monitor for quick assessments, with vitals and respiratory rate and quick doctor referral.
  4. Health workers to use as diagnostic aid in the field - automatically monitoring patients while assessing other conditions. Global non-government organizations are actively seeking devices to provide the healthcare workers with the ability to detect respiratory illness early in emerging and developing countries. This is a $5 billion market alone.
Inspire provides an automated device as a diagnostic aid so that health workers can diagnose better and treat sooner, preventing deaths. Inspire, providing critical vital sign measurements a doctor can trust.

Intellibot Robotics LLC

Company Description:

Intellibot designs, manufactures and distributes commercial floor cleaning robots that dramatically improve the economics of floor cleaning by reducing labor costs and improving productivity, as well as reducing environmental impact. Floor cleaning robots are easy to use and have wide-ranging applications. The robots incorporate hands-free (autonomous) operation, remote wireless communication and monitoring, and multi-stage water recycling. The robots don't require a full-time operator, which fundamentally changes the way commercial floors are cleaned. A privately-held company, Intellibot maintains engineering and manufacturing operations in Richmond, Va., a corporate office in Portland, Ore., and sales and service teams throughout the U.S. With more than 20 years of robotics research and development, Intellibot has emerged as an industry leader featuring a full line of hands-free floor-cleaning solutions.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Since the 1950s when the auto scrubber was first invented, there has been a succession of improvements to make commercial floor cleaning more efficient and less costly. However, nothing was truly significant until 12 years ago when Intellibot developed hands-free scrubbers and a true vacuum. The latest auto scrubber advancement, Hands-Free Cleaning®, allows the operator to clean either in a manual mode or walk away while the machine continues to clean the floor with the push of a button.

For the first time, one person can scrub the floors and clean the bathrooms at the same time. The technology that "drives" Hands-Free Cleaning® is a combination of sensors and onboard intelligence enabling the machine to "see" the room. Each time the robot enters the room or hallway, it determines (using Area Clean) the best way to clean and how to avoid any stationary or moving obstacles. This real-time navigation allows it to easily adapt to changes in the environment, e.g. a desk or cart moved into a hallway.

The on-board intelligence can also provide information at your fingertips to make a job easier. Performance reports can be sent directly to a computer or smart phone showing who ran the machine, the location, when it ran, and if there were any problems or if maintenance is required. Remote diagnostics allow service technicians to monitor machines 24/7 and provide remote assistance to reduce service calls and down time.

In addition, the robotic auto scrubbers have an excellent safety record. Multiple sensors surround the machines and continuously scan the environment for obstacles and people. If a person cuts closely in front of the robot, it will instantly stop and wait for the person to move. If the person doesn't move, the robot will slowly proceed around the person and resume cleaning. If the robot can't determine a safe route around the obstacle, it will remain stationary and call the operator's phone or pager for help.

Additionally, as the ultimate green machine, two of the robots reduce, reuse and recycle to eliminate 85 percent of the water and chemicals used each shift, thus lessening the environmental impact. The 4-stage purification system filters water to one micron, providing clean, reusable water. These same two machines can be equipped with a UV light, which kills 99.9 percent of bacteria.

Over the years, auto scrubbers have gotten wider and faster in an attempt to improve productivity. Hands-Free operation takes productivity to an entirely new level by allowing one person to easily do the work of two. For even greater productivity, one person can run multiple machines at the same time. Cleaning consistency can also improve since the robot covers the same area each time.

Qore Performance

Company Description:

Qore Performance, a startup based in Fairfax, Va., is the leader in athletic thermoregulation, providing increased athletic output and safety for their users. Qore Performance's initial patent pending, innovative designs combine established first responder science with premium base layers for truly unique solutions. Qore Performance products are deployed to military and law enforcement personnel, professional and collegiate athletes, industrial safety users and other top performers, helping them to stay focused and perform their best.

Qore Performance was founded by Justin Li, a reserve sheriff's deputy, whose original goal was to increase safety, performance, and mobility for his colleagues. Li partnered with J.D. Willcox, a D.C.-area native and former Stanford Cardinal pitcher and engineer. The two have created a team and a product that is maximizing athletic output and strengthening safety solutions for the world. Qore Performance solutions are an example of Li and Willcox's ability to overcome a problem by looking for the answer in a differential way.

Qore Performance products are easy to understand, use, and are beneficial regardless of the application. The company has a great and growing team of passionate, talented and smart people to take Qore Performance to the next level and create further impactful innovations in the next wave of athletic performance - thermoregulation.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Human performance and temperature are intimately linked. As the body begins to heat up, the natural cooling process of taking water from the blood stream, forcing it to the surface of the skin to become sweat, and that sweat evaporating to help cool a person down begins. This process requires energy. As a person's temperature continues to rise, more and more energy in his or her body is needed to focus on survival, i.e. cooling the body down, and less can be allocated for athletic output. This process leads to dehydration, loss of focus with decreased mental acuity, and can even result in serious injury and death. This problem is faced by anyone who is working, playing, or surviving in austere climates, as well as by competitors who attempt to push their body to its peak athletic output.

Qore Performance's innovation is the first solution for use on the field, in the fight, or during the user's shift when they need it most. The technology combines cooling with mobility, comfort, ease of operation, powerless use, portability, and effectiveness in all climates. All previously existing solutions come with tradeoffs. Qore Performance, however, has gained adoption by a very broad user base looking to either increase their safety and/or maximize their performance.

The company's innovative and patent-pending solution harnesses the power of the body's own thermoregulating system - the blood - to cool the body. More specifically, Qore Performance has developed a base-layer apparel system that uses active arterial cooling, or cooling the body through conduction at the pulse points. The practice of efficiently cooling a person at the pulse points is well established in the first responder community for dealing with heat stroke, and Qore Performance has packaged it into a lightweight and athletic package that does not impede movement, adds minimal additional weight, and requires no external power source.

Qore Performance's current iteration (Phase I), the Qore Performance Personal Arterial Cooling Kit (PACK), targets up to six pulse points across the body - the femoral, radial, and brachial arteries on each side - through specially designed shirts, sleeves and shorts with cooling inserts. Since each PACK is modular, the user can scale cooling as needed to ensure optimal comfort, and if desired can even pair certain configurations with other cooling mechanisms. The garments themselves are made out of the highest quality moisture wicking fabric - fully made in the USA - and are designed to be comfortable and nominal in footprint so as to minimize the amount of skin being covered.

Qore Performance is assisting users to break personal athletic achievement goals, helping the nation's heroes stay safer while on duty, and making strenuous jobs less hazardous for our workers in a way they never thought possible.

Robotic Research LLC

Company Description:

Robotic Research LLC is an 8(a) small disadvantaged business specializing in the innovative field of robotic unmanned systems and in 3D printing. Robotic Research LLC performs cutting-edge research and engineering involving sensor development and integration; GPS-denied localization devices; aids for improved tele-operation of robots during communication delays; a system for better navigation and control of outdoor wheelchairs; a system for quickly time-tagging and retrieving surveillance video; and a Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-sponsored project to design and develop an easily accessible online library of 3D printable models, parts and designs. This project will be used in the rapid production of low-cost, customized robots for use by federal, state and local first responders and emergency response personnel.

In 2013, DHS awarded Robotic Research a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract for the Sensor-Smart Affordable Autonomous Robotic Platforms (SAARP) project. For its work in this project, Robotic Research won the Small Business Administration's prestigious 2014 Tibbetts award, which honors businesses capable of meeting federal research and development needs, while encouraging diversity, innovation and commercialization. The business's technological innovations must demonstrate a significant economic impact in order to qualify for a Tibbetts Award nomination. Robotic Research exceeded all expectations.

Describe your innovative technology and how it solves a real world problem:

Robotic Research LLC has clearly demonstrated a history of innovation in the field of unmanned systems development and 3D printing. DHS initially asked Robotic Research to research and produce less expensive, more operationally effective robots to first responders. The innovative answer generated by Robotic Research was not the one expected, but was the one that could actually provide a practical, game changing solution for not only DHS, but also for the Department of Defense and other federal, state and local governments and commercial companies. The solution was the creation of the SAARP Store, an easily accessible database, storefront and library for storing various models and designs of unmanned robotic systems that could be rapidly produced via 3D printing.

A growing number of federal departments and agencies are recognizing the benefits of additive manufacturing/3D printing. 3D printing can quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively produce critical items for homeland security, the military, government and commercial companies for a variety of missions. Robotic Research LLC created an affordable and adaptable system that utilizes 3D printing technology for first responders.

During Phase I of this project, called Sensor-smart Affordable Autonomous Robotic Platforms (SAARP), Robotic Research engineers determined that buying large numbers of highly specialized robots was simply too expense a solution to be practical. However, rapid prototyping via 3D printing technology, combined with basic common-parts kits and an intuitive online library resource for 3D printable models, would significantly reduce costs while providing an effective solution.

Robotic Research effectively demonstrated 3D-printed air and ground prototypes at the Joint Interagency Field Experimentation Program (JIFX) experimentation at Camp Roberts, Ca. in February 2014. In today's uncertain environment, DHS, together with other federal, state and local emergency response organizations and first responder units, must be prepared to effectively cope with a broad array of possible scenarios.

Selecting and prepositioning appropriate robotic assets is difficult due to prohibitive platform cost and unknown factors such as correct size, weight, types of attachments (sensors), or tracks (wheels) that match the tasks required. On-scene incident commanders need rapid access to all kinds of spare and replacement parts as well as specialized items in order to sustain operations. Many of these items can be manufactured on-site and on-demand using mobile 3D printing labs equipped with an online model and parts library. These labs can be pre-positioned in a given FEMA region or quickly deployed to an incident scene.