WISER Systems Advances to Finals in U.S. Army xTechSearch Competition

WISER Systems Advances to Finals in U.S. Army xTechSearch Competition

Raleigh, NC, October 15, 2018 — The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology named WISER Systems, Inc. a Phase III awardee and finalist in the Army’s Expeditionary Technology Search (xTechSearch) program last week.

 Dr. Bruce Jette, United States Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, and Dr. Elaine C. Rideout, CEO of WISER Systems, Inc.

Dr. Bruce Jette, United States Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, and Dr. Elaine C. Rideout, CEO of WISER Systems, Inc.

As a Phase III winner, WISER joins just 11 other companies from across the United States. The Army launched xTechSearch last spring to identify novel new technologies and game-changing innovations. Another program goal was to facilitate Army engagement with early stage, non-defense U.S. companies. The program kicked off with 350 competing companies, from which 125—including WISER—were selected to pitch to Army experts at venues across the country. Competition judges then selected 25 companies as semifinalists. These companies presented their solutions in the Innovators Corner of the 2018 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exposition in Washington D.C. last week. The top 12 competitors advanced as finalists and received Phase III awards at the show.

Phase III awardees will have six months to develop and showcase a proof-of-concept for the Phase IV Capstone Demonstration in April, 2019. The Phase III award also included a cash prize of $125,000.

“WISER Systems is grateful for the confidence the U.S. Army has placed in us and our technology,” said WISER CEO Dr. Elaine C. Rideout. “We’ve been able to advance this far in the competition thanks to our brilliant technical team. We’ve been assessed based on our engineering viability and our potential to impact Army operations, and we never could have demonstrated those without a truly revolutionary yet practical technical solution.”

Moving into Phase IV of the competition, WISER will prepare for a final demonstration to DoD and other Government leadership. After the Capstone Demonstration, the ultimate winner of the xTechSearch will receive a $200,000 award.

“Attending AUSA 2018 was a fabulous way to jump-start our final phase of the xTechSearch competition,” said Rideout. “It allowed us to talk face-to-face with both military and industry leaders about the kinds of problems WISER can solve. It was very rewarding to be able to showcase our technology live and to receive expert feedback.”

Dr. Bruce Jette, United States Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, and Dr. Thomas Russell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research and Technology) and Army Chief Scientist, announced WISER’s Phase III win near the end of the AUSA 2018 exposition. They also unfolded their vision for the xTechSearch Program, expressing hopes for small businesses and non-traditional defense contractors to be able to put their innovations to use across the defense sector and to do business with the Government more readily in the future.

Phase III winners spanned a variety of applications and end-uses. Winning technologies included solutions for propulsion fuel, sensor systems, metallurgy, 3D mapping, telecommunications, artificial intelligence, medical technology, and other categories.

WISER RRLT provides real-time asset visibility for a variety of use cases and environments. By locating and tracking tagged assets with sub-meter or even inch-level accuracy, WISER enables granular, instantaneous situational awareness for applications in logistics, MRO, supply control, security, mission command, and many other military and industrial applications.

Contact: Stephen Taylor, WISER Systems, Inc.; stephen.taylor@wisersystems.com.

U.S. Army Awards WISER Phase II Win in xTechSearch

U.S. Army Awards WISER Phase II Win in xTechSearch

Raleigh, NC, September 28, 2018 — The United States Army has named WISER Systems, Inc. a Phase II awardee and semifinalist in the inaugural United States Army Expeditionary Technology Search (xTechSearch).

As a Phase II winner, WISER joins just 24 other xTechSearch semifinalists from across the country. In this capacity WISER representatives will travel to Washington D.C. next month to present live at the Association of the United States Army’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Exposition.

The AUSA’s Annual Meeting is the “largest land power exposition and professional development forum in North America” according to the event’s website. This year’s exposition will feature more than 600 exhibitors. It will also host as many as 30,000 attendees from more than half the world’s countries.

“We’re deeply honored to advance to the semifinal round of the xTechSearch initiative,” said WISER CEO Dr. Elaine C. Rideout. “It will be incredibly gratifying to advance new uses for our technology in support of our troops. We are grateful for the opportunity to present alongside so many military leaders and industrial experts next month.”

In addition to the exposition hall, the AUSA event includes a robust schedule of panels, discussions, networking events, and seminars. These activities are designed to showcase the United State Army’s current capabilities, to share knowledge on other products and solutions in the industry, and to relay relevant military information to civic and industrial leaders.

WISER will display its real-time asset tracking technology on Monday, Oct. 8 in the event’s Innovator’s Corner — a designated area for xTechSearch Phase II winners to showcase new solutions in line with the Army’s priorities for modernization. Phase II winners will also give formal presentations of their technologies, spaced out across the three days of the AUSA event.

WISER secured a Phase I Award earlier this summer after competing among 300 entrants. Company representatives then presented WISER’s instantaneous asset visibility solution live in Adelphi, MD, as part of xTechSearch’s competition for Phase II awards. WISER is the only North Carolina company advancing on to Phase III of the competition.

The Army launched the xTechSearch program this year with the goal of connecting Army R&D efforts with nontraditional defense innovators, such as small businesses and entrepreneurs. xTech Search is currently exploring technologies related to cyber warfare, dynamic hardware / software infrastructure, situational awareness, improved navigation, and other topics. To accelerate technology concepts that may benefit Army stakeholders, the program will award $2M to competing companies over the next several months. The program’s goals include “integrating the sector of nontraditional innovators into the Army’s research and development ecosystem.”

WISER RRLT is designed to locate and track any kind of vital asset, reporting 3D locations instantaneously even as assets move. This delivers granular visibility with sub-meter — and generally inch-level — accuracy even in highly complex locations. This system advances Army priorities like improved situational awareness by delivering autonomous, immediate location data for all tagged assets.

The 2018 AUSA National Meeting will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. from October 8-10.

Contact: Stephen Taylor, WISER Systems, Inc.; stephen.taylor@wisersystems.com.

Chevron Technology Ventures Selects WISER Systems for Catalyst Program

Chevron Technology Ventures Selects WISER Systems for Catalyst Program

Raleigh, NC, September 19, 2018 — WISER Systems Inc., developer of a precise, easily deployable, and cost-effective wireless real-time locating system, has been selected by global energy leader Chevron to participate in the Chevron Technology Ventures Catalyst Program.

As a division of Chevron itself, Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) is “a conduit for early adoption of emerging technology” according to the program’s website. CTV supports innovative companies with new technologies that potentially enhance Chevron’s mission of responsible energy production.

“We’re proud and excited to continue enhancing, adapting, and integrating our technology into the oil and gas industry in partnership with Chevron,” said WISER CEO Dr. Elaine C. Rideout. “Our selection in CTV’s Catalyst Program is a testament to years of hard work by our amazing team!”

Since its inception in 2017, CTV’s Catalyst Program has helped early stage companies like WISER accelerate technology development. With this announcement, WISER joins five other companies currently participating in the Catalyst Program.

WISER’s Redundant Radio Localization and Tracking (RRLT) technology is a real-time approach to asset tracking. It delivers 3D coordinates for any tagged asset, overlaying data on a floorplan or site map. This offers instantaneous visibility of vital assets at any time. Unlike most legacy tracking technologies, WISER RRLT operates both indoors and out and can be deployed in a matter of moments without bulky infrastructure. It also tracks with sub-meter accuracy even in cluttered and metallic environments.

“The fact that we can take our mesh network into any new environment and start locating immediately is revolutionary,” said Rideout. “Most location and asset visibility systems are big, difficult to install, and require precise measurements or wiring. Or they’re beacon systems that aren’t accurate around metal and overload your WiFi. We create value in energy, manufacturing, warehousing, fleet management, and so many different industries.”

WISER Systems is a woman-founded and led company based in Raleigh, NC. To date the company has received both Phase I and II Small Business Innovation and Research grants from the United States Department of Agriculture, as well as North Carolina State University’s prestigious Richard L. and Marlene V. Daugherty Centennial Campus Endowment for Entrepreneurship. WISER also won 1st place in the Industrial Internet of Things category at IoT World 2017 and recently secured a Phase I award in the U.S. Army’s inaugural Expeditionary Technology Search program.

WISER’s asset tracking solutions currently serve a variety of companies in aerospace, manufacturing, oil and gas, retail, and logistics settings. Use cases include autonomous inventory, task monitoring, safety status, virtual security zoning, process visibility, and many other indoor and outdoor positioning applications.

Contact: Stephen Taylor, WISER Systems, Inc.; stephen.taylor@wisersystems.com.

WISER Systems to Present at South Carolina Manufacturing Expo

WISER Systems to Present at South Carolina Manufacturing Expo

Raleigh, NC, September 06, 2018 — WISER Systems, Inc. will demonstrate its instantaneous asset tracking system live as an exhibitor at the 2018 South Carolina Manufacturing Conference and Expo next week.

The SC Manufacturing Conference will host nearly 3,000 attendees and a full complement of exhibitors from across the country. The event includes instructional content, technology demos, and networking events for manufacturing professionals of nearly any type.

Event speakers include South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster as well C-suite executives and key leaders from BMW, Samsung, Robert Bosch, and Ranger Aerospace. This event will also include in-depth topic discussions led by experts in Lean manufacturing, robotics, workforce training, cyber security, logistics, and IoT wearables.

Throughout the event, WISER will demonstrate its wireless mesh network asset tracking solution. This solution is designed to function in especially challenging radio frequency environments like those found in heavy industry and manufacturing. It provides sub-meter asset visibility regardless of the environment, allowing enhanced automation and reduced error margins for a variety of industrial uses. Granular location data registers autonomously in real time. Real-time asset visibility and immediate inventory management occur without expensive scanning portals or the manual updates needed in most location and tracking systems.

The conference will take place September 11 and 12 in the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC.

Contact: Stephen Taylor, WISER Systems, Inc.; stephen.taylor@wisersystems.com.

WISER Wins Phase I Award in Army xTech Search

WISER Wins Phase I Award in Army xTech Search

Raleigh, NC, August 03, 2018 — The U.S. Army has announced that WISER Systems, Inc. has been selected as a Phase I awardee in the xTechSearch Army technology modernization initiative.  

The Army’s Expeditionary Technology Search (xTech Search) is a new program to accelerate technology concepts that may benefit Army stakeholders and connect Army lab researchers with entrepreneurs, small businesses, and other nontraditional defense innovators. The xTech Search program is then intended to integrate these innovators into the Army’s research and development ecosystem. The program will award $2M to competing companies over the next several months.

“We are honored to have WISER RRLT recognized by the United States Army,” said WISER CEO Dr. Elaine C. Rideout. “Our team has worked tirelessly not only to develop our asset tracking technology but to make it flexible and useful across a variety of verticals. Having Army decision makers evaluate and see the benefit of our work is very gratifying.”

WISER will compete for a Phase II award with a demonstration of current technology capabilities and R&D plans.

WISER’s RRLT Locator mesh solution is designed to identify, locate, and track any kind of vital asset, reporting 3D locations instantaneously as assets move. This delivers granular visibility with sub-meter — and often inch-level — accuracy even in highly complex and reflective environments.

Contact: Stephen Taylor, WISER Systems, Inc.; stephen.taylor@wisersystems.com.