SecureWaters, Developer of Solution for Water Safety, Wins IBM SmartCamp Event
SecureWaters Inc., a Soddy Daisy, TN-based developer of technology to detect, identify and monitor toxins in surface water, won the recent IBM SmartCamp event in Austin, TX, qualifying it for the SmartCamp World Finals at the end of the year.
IBM's SmartCamp events are aimed at helping startups with innovative technologies by hooking them up with venture capital firms, academics and industry leaders to hasten their time-to-market. SmartCamp is part of IBM's Global Entrepreneur initiative.
As winner of the Austin SmartCamp, SecureWaters qualifies for direct mentoring from IBM. Its AquaSentinel product operates in real time as an early warning sentinel and alarm system to automatically monitor and continuously test source surface waters for toxins. The solution offers a more manageable and timely method for testing.
Other finalists at the SmartCamp event included Tactical Information Systems, Stormpulse, Waldo Health and DxUpClose. Each received prizes from sponsors and judges.
Tactical Information Systems LLC is an Austin, TX-based developer of cloud computing technology for biometric matching of fingerprints, palm prints, iris and face images. Its first product, called WanderID, is a service for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients or other cognitive disorders, that render people unable to speak for themselves.
Stormpulse LLC is a Jupiter, FL-based provider of on-demand weather intelligence to help industries such as energy and utilities, transportation, defense, healthcare and manufacturing make better decisions regarding the impact of weather on people, assets and supply chains.
Waldo Health is an Austin, TX-headquartered provider of a tablet-based monitoring service for home telehealth aimed at people with chronic disease.
DxUpClose is a San Marcos, TX-based developer of a bacterial diagnostic system that uses electronic sensors to quickly screen for a specific bacterial infection, counts bacteria and performs a rapid antimicrobial sensitivity test. The results of the screening and treatment recommendations are then sent to the healthcare worker's smartphone within one hour.
Bob Metcalfe, University of Texas Professor of Innovation and Polaris Ventures partner, said that he will mentor all five startups during the fall 2011 semester and offered six months of membership services and office space at the Austin Technology Incubator at the University of Texas.
Finalists at the Austin SmartCamp event were selected from 150 startups developing new technologies in healthcare, energy, water management and other services to improve the quality of life.