Raleigh, NC, July 15, 2012 — WISER Systems, Inc., an Internet of Things (IoT) startup located on NC State University’s Centennial Campus, has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The $100,000 one-year grant will fund the development of the company’s novel Redundant Radio Localization Tracking (RRLT) technology, and will investigate its feasibility as a supply chain and logistics application in support of improved food safety.

“We are super excited about this Phase I SBIR award from the USDA as early validation of the technical approach we’re taking to real-time locating and the Internet of Things,” stated Elaine Rideout, WISER co-founder and chief executive officer. “The unique properties of our technology provide the basis for more accurate and easy-to-use localization indoors, where GPS doesn’t work. In addition, the platform technology has broad applications across a number of commercial markets.”

This research will also involve an in-depth investigation of current food supply chain operations from farm-field to fork, and evaluating the potential of WISER’s tracking technology compared to current traceability methods. The RRLT development effort is currently supported by a seed grant from North Carolina State University’s Richard L. and Marlene V. Daugherty Centennial Campus Endowment.

WISER Systems, Inc. delivers inexpensive, real time location of material and personnel with one-meter accuracy within a defined perimeter — indoors or outdoors. Our patented Redundant Radio Localization & Tracking (RRLT™) provides autonomous, real time granular location and “on-the-move” tracking that can be monitored through a web-based interface on any computer or mobile device.

Contact: WISER Systems, Inc.;  stephen.taylor@wisersystems.com;  919.515.6557.