Washington D.C., May 24, 2019 — NASA named WISER Systems, Inc. a semifinalist in the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s (STMD) iTech competition this week.
WISER saves time and money by instantaneously locating and tracking critical assets in any environment. WISER’s wireless localization system autonomously delivers an inches-accurate report of real-time asset locations in most settings and submeter precision in even the most challenging locations. WISER’s iTech submission focuses on how this technology could be employed across space exploration use cases.
WISER joins 24 other semifinalists from across the globe to compete for the top 10 spots in the competition’s first cycle. These finalists will present live to space industry leaders at the NASA iTech Cycle I Forum this July. These semifinalists have been specifically selected for their potential to assist with future manned missions to Mars and the Moon.
NASA’s iTech competition represents the STMD’s focus on “innovative ideas that address challenges and will fill gaps in five critical areas identified by NASA as having a potential impact on future exploration,” according to NASA’s website. These five areas are medical breakthrough, high-performance computing, autonomy, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence. iTech also invited competitors with “x-factor innovations” for “unspecified future challenges.”
“NASA iTech is all about fostering innovative ideas from entrepreneurs who otherwise may not have contemplated a space application for their technology,” program executive Kira Blackwell said in NASA’s official announcement of the semifinalists. “We’re delighted to have another strong group of semifinalists with a wide range of possible applications.”
The semifinalists represent many distinct industries and technologies, including established aerospace leaders like Northrop Grumman and cutting-edge innovators in AR, AI, and wearables. The semifinalists also represent several different countries. Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, WISER Systems is the only North Carolina-based company to advance this far.
This is WISER’s second major technology competition in the past twelve months. Last year WISER secured Phase I, II, and III prizes—advancing to the top 12 nationally—in the U.S. Army’s xTechSearch competition.
NASA’s iTech Forum will take place in Pasadena, CA from July 10-11, 2019.
Contact: Stephen Taylor, WISER Systems, Inc.; firstname.lastname@example.org.