Startup Licenses UA-Invented Mining Sensor Network

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University of Arizona startup GUIA has protected a mining communication and sensor height grown by expertise in a UA’s College of Engineering and Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources. While a team’s initial concentration for this “internet of things” complement is mining, a association is looking to request a record to a series of other environments.

From left: Mary Poulton, Moe Momayez, Lanny Brown and Mark Baker (Photo: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona)

Pronounced “GI-a,” a association name comes from a Spanish word for “guide.”

The inventing group includes Moe Momayez, UA associate highbrow of mines and metallurgy; co-founder Mary Poulton, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Mining and Geological Engineering, and co-chairman of a house of directors of a Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources; and Oro Valley record businessman Sergio Cardona.

The group worked with Tech Launch Arizona, a bureau of a UA that commercializes inventions stemming from research, to conclude and obvious a invention, brand and build a startup team, and permit a technology. Through its Asset Development Program, TLA also supposing appropriation to ready a early-stage invention for a marketplace.

Known as a SMART Suite 5.0, a record facilities sensors that can detect and news on components of workman health and safety, cave atmosphere quality, geolocation item tracking, communication and belligerent stabilization detection. SMART, that stands for System for Managing Advanced Response Technology, is designed for minewide distributed sensing, monitoring and real-time communication opposite all mining operations. At a core of a complement is a ability to clarity a miner’s plcae and physique temperature, envision intensity problems and suggest stairs to avert health risks.

According to a U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration, there were 430 deaths from mining incidents between 2007 and 2017. SMART Suite 5.0 is a initial unified, comprehensive, internet-of-things height record to confederate cave safety, miner health monitoring and item tracking.

According to Momayez, a sum approach and surreptitious cost of a singular work site collision in a mining and construction industries can be devastating, with a probable mercantile impact of over $5 million per incident. This includes losses such as simple financial costs, tellurian costs (including rehabilitation, genocide benefits, corporeal damage indemnities and income replacement) and a significant, potentially crippling detriment of productivity.

“GUIA is a usually association on a marketplace addressing this critical emanate by charity a single, integrated technology,” Momayez said. “SMART Suite is during a vanguard of today’s accessible technologies to guard cave environment, workman health, revoke operational risk and urge safety.”

Mark Baker, a Tucson businessman and TLA commercialization partner, and Phoenix semiconductor maestro Lanny M. Brown also have assimilated a group as comparison advisers.

“It was a smashing knowledge to work with a GUIA group as a coach during TLA’s I-Corp program, and subsequently to assistance them precedence a event TLA supposing to allege their judgment over a lab and into a market,” pronounced Brown, whose decades of knowledge as a successful businessman are assisting GUIA to pierce brazen fast and minimize errors typically encountered in a routine of commercialization.

“This record will be useful any place where a sourroundings or plcae can impact worker health and safety, such as for initial responders or industrial production situations,” pronounced TLA comparison chartering manager Bob Sleeper, who led a commercialization project. “Future improvements in communications design will concede for a march filigree of sensors and communication inclination widespread out over many miles.”

TLA mentor-in-residence Kevin McLaughlin served as an confidant to a group via a process.

“It’s been a pleasure operative with a GUIA group on their focus of internet-of-things technology,” McLaughlin said. “They have grown a complement that will definitely impact a lives of people operative in dangerous environments around a world.”

Source: University of Arizona

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