Entropy Technology Design, Inc.

CEO, Tami Fitzpatrick attended the DREAMIT X BISNOW INNOVATION SUMMIT 2018 in Tampa November 6 & 7, 2018.
CEO Tami Fitzpatrick and Jeff Vinik, Partner, Strategic Property Partners, Chairman, Tampa Bay Lightning

CEO, Tami Fitzpatrick attended the DREAMIT X BISNOW INNOVATION SUMMIT 2018 in Tampa November 6 & 7, 2018.

Organized by Dreamit (a leading early-stage venture fund) and Bisnow, this two-day event featured dual content and networking tracks aimed at driving cross-industry innovation for urbantech and healthtech. An all-star line-up of industry titans, high-ranking government officials, innovators, and entrepreneurs provided actionable insights and unparalleled networking.

 

 

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This Technology Could Help Avert Electricity Crises Like Puerto Rico’s After Hurricane Maria

As major storms and potential terrorism have made America aware of the vulnerability and critical nature of our electric infrastructure (think Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria), new ideas are needed to better protect this essential part of our overall critical infrastructure systems and to repair it more quickly when it does get hit.

Awhile back, I wrote about a technology that could detect incoming lightning strikes with enough warning time to get exposed people to safety.

The Nimbus technology detects very low frequency magnetic signals that are generated by thunderstorms, hurricanes, and other severe weather.

In its basic form, the Nimbus 4D handheld detector could allow attendees of outside public events (ballgames, camps, concerts, etc.) to be moved to shelter before anyone was hurt.

Applied in different forms and to larger scales, the Nimbus technology could enhance our ability to detect and provide critical warning about thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. The same base technology also could be modified to “see” small drones approaching facilities with possible hostile intent, with enough time to take counter measures.

All this remains on the cutting edge, but many experts contacted me (and Entropy Technology Design, the designers of Nimbus) and said, “Great stuff, but it is still a ‘nice-to-have’ tech capability.” But memorably heavy storms in recent years may enable this technology to make the leap to the status of a necessity.

The devastation wrought by big storms is always a tragedy, but in some cases it is catastrophic. A regular thunderstorm can knock out dozens to hundreds of neighborhood electrical transformers. Bigger storms (hurricanes, tornadoes, squall lines) can take that number into the thousands. The island of Puerto Rico lost nearly everything.

What if the good guys could “read” the storms before they hit and were able to power down the transformers (and other electric transmission infrastructure) in the likely target area? What if they could do it seconds before the storm hits and causes an electronic surge or flips their fuses? The transformers then could be turned back on without problem as soon as the storm passes.

And what about the transformers that do get hit and damaged?

You can use the same technology to locate the specific transformers that need physical repair versus mere reset. A huge portion of the recovery time after a major storm is spent in going from transformer to transformer to see which are broken and which just need their fuses flipped.

This may sound like wishful thinking, but it actually is achievable today and Entropy also is focused on this.

Infrastructure mapping has become a critical part of the development of the Internet of Things—the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with software, sensors, and connectivity that enables them to connect and exchange data—and the goal of smart cities.

Smart cities seek to use the Internet of Things to provide a detailed, real-time data web that can be used by the city infrastructure to make critical decisions quickly, safely, and seamlessly. The same logic that will allow your refrigerator to tell you to buy milk as you drive by the grocery store can be used to take important city equipment off-line before it’s damaged by a thunderstorm.

In both examples, the data is real and delivered exactly where it’s needed in time to make a quality-of-life decision.

But cities can’t become truly smart until the very real threat from dangerous weather is made a part of the moment-to-moment database used to make decisions.

The Nimbus technology represents one way to add this important weather data into the planning and reaction capability of a smart city. Because the Nimbus was designed to be small and portable, it’s easily mounted on commercially available drones of the sort that are owned and operated by lots of folks today. That new concept can be used in several ways that feed on each other to provide a comprehensive system.

The first step is to “map” the electric transmission infrastructure, in particular the unique “fingerprint” of the radiated magnetic field produced by the different parts of the system (major transmission line towers, normal power poles, and neighborhood transformers). There are an enormous number of miles of these systems, but by using multiple low-cost drones, this can be done fairly quickly.

Once this map of “normal” is obtained, you have a baseline heartbeat of the city, town, or infrastructure that tells what the system looks like when in normal operation. As a storm approaches, operators use the Nimbus Base Station (provides more range and thus warning) in its original mode to determine the storm’s likely specific target area and use this information to preemptively shut down key elements seconds before the hit, and to restart it as the storm passes.

This alone would limit the damage to a point far below the norm for a major event. You don’t need to shut down an entire system for hours, or lose it for weeks when you truly can limit the shutdown to seconds (perfect for critical systems) and keep the damage to a minimum.

The final piece is sending out the same drone fleet after the storm to find the specific transformers or towers that no longer “match” the baseline. This pinpoints which should be prioritized for repair, which will allow it to be accomplished with fewer repair assets and eliminate the need for checking every individual device in the effected area.

This is a classic example of the out-of-the-box thinking we need today. By using a linked technology in different manners to accomplish multiple tasks, you save money, space, and training. Can any community or power provider afford to not invest in this kind of capability?

Nimbus may have been a cool, added safety device before, but this wider application is absolutely needed today. No one could have foreseen how brittle the critical infrastructure of Puerto Rico had become. Hurricane Maria simply destroyed it.

The American people have stated clearly they think the recovery operation is too slow, despite the Herculean efforts being made. We must do better as a society, and the goals and visions of the Internet of Things and smart cities as a driver can help us accomplish this.

Today there is a choice. Deployment of technologies such as Nimbus can map our infrastructure systems, identify a storm’s target, guide mitigating actions to minimize damage (and downtime), and finally triage the recovery effort. Every step gets citizens back up and on the grid faster and more effectively.

All together, this means less suffering and less cost. The investment is small compared to the savings.

Why are we waiting?

PHOTO CREDIT: A Puerto Rico resident clears away debris left in Hurricane Maria’s wake. (Photo: Carl Juste/Zuma Press/Newscom)

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NIMBUS™ IMDAR wins Phase I competition of Army xTech Search!

NIMBUS™ IMDAR wins Phase I competition of Army xTech Search!

The U.S. Army is looking to build more relationships with tech startups and other “non-traditional defense partners.”
The Army Expeditionary Technology Search — or xTechSearch — is an initiative of the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, also known as ASA(ALT).
The goal is to “enhance engagements” with the entrepreneurial community and improve the Army’s understanding of what’s potentially available, while integrating some of these innovators into the military’s tech ecosystem. And there’s a total of $1.95 million up for grabs.
“xTechSearch is a novel approach for linking innovators directly with the Army labs, with a focus on lowering the entrance barriers and spurring innovation,” the challenge page reads.
The prize competition will run in four stages between now and April 2019. The final winner will walk away with $200,000 in addition to intermediate prizes at each stage of the challenge.
The challenge outlines a number of specific “Army modernization priorities.” These include next generation combat vehicles, air and missile defense systems, “soldier lethality” and more. The Army imagines that participant startups might, for example, provide next-generation radar, better soldier protection equipment, gun-based unmanned aircraft systems or the necessary hardware and software to secure tactical communications.
The first stage of the challenge is open to all small businesses interested in pitching “novel technology solutions — a new application for an existing technology or a new technology concept entirely — to the Army.” This stage requires a tech proposal white paper, of under 1,000 words, due by July 11.
The submitted proposals will be judged by team experience, viability and, most importantly, “Potential for Impact/Revolutionizing the Army.”
Up to 125 winners at this stage will get $1,000 and an invitation to move forward with phase two.

PHOTO CREDIT: New York National Guard soldiers clear a M777 Howitzer on Fort Drum in Watertown, New York, on May 22, 2018. (U.S. Army / Spc. Andrew Valenza)

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A Great New Technology – Steven Bucci, Ph.D.

A Great New Technology

Steven Bucci, Ph.D.


June 15, 2017

Independent Consultant and Visiting Research Fellow for Special Operations
and Counter Terrorism at The Heritage Foundation

NIMBUS – An Existing Technology with a New Twist Shows Incredible Promise

Today we have access to more information than at any other time in human history. Frankly, we
can be overwhelmed the massive amounts of information and data flying at us in a nearly
continual stream. How can we harness crucial information and actually use it effectively? What
if one base technology could help give us critical information in multiple areas? There is one
available today.
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NEWS RELEASE! NIMBUS™ technology selected to participate in the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2018!

 

NEWS RELEASE – January 2018

NIMBUS technology selected to participate in the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2018!

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport announced in January that Entropy’s NIMBUS™ technology was selected to present in Stennis, Mississippi at the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command during ANTX 2018 during the week of August 27-31, 2018.

Created for the U.S. Navy to see the future of naval technology in action today and under the authority of the Partnership Intermediary Agreement between NUWC Division Newport and SENEDIA, the theme for ANTX 2018 is “Human-Machine Optimization and Integrated Targeting in Maritime Environments”. Key tasks included identifying science and technologies which can detect, localize, track and/or target undersea assets in littoral environments; 2) human trust in machines to support tactical and operational decisions; 3) wide-area persistent search and 4) technologies for coordination of command and control of heterogeneous and homogeneous group collaboration to provide actionable information.

Entropy has partnered with the Science and Technology in Atmosphere Research (STAR LLC) to create NIMBUS™ MAGNETIC ANOMALY PERIMETER (MAP)

  • The NIMBUS™ MAP is a modular, self-managing system of fixed and UAV-mounted sensors that utilize the NIMBUS™ low-frequency magnetic field sensors and analysis software to establish a flexible, scalable detection perimeter around any fixed or moving water-based asset.
  • The NIMBUS™ sensor system will utilize magnetic field propagation characteristics that create advantages in the detection of submerged and airborne threats. Mounting of the NIMBUS™ sensors on small UAVs allows the sampling of magnetic fields below and above the sea surface boundary. Techniques for using the comparison of both types of magnetic fields may lead to significant advantages in the low-power detection of all unmanned vehicle threats.
  • STAR’s numerical weather prediction system (STAR-NWPTM) will provide highly-localized weather forecasting/analysis at the ocean/atmosphere interface to improve situational awareness while the NIMBUS™ waveform analysis will allow elimination of false positives from both the EMI background and natural weather events such as lightning.

About The Company: Entropy Technology Design is a certified woman-owned software/hardware-driven severe weather and threat detection company. The NIMBUS™ proprietary technology platform detects and alerts users in real-time of severe weather, lightning, tornadoes and other threats such as micro UAV (Drone), incoming mortar fire, sandstorms, and tunneling. For more information visit www.nimbus4.com or contact us at info@entropydesigns.com

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NIMBUS™ TAKES DEFENSE INNOVATION SUMMIT BY STORM

Tampa, Florida: Wednesday, October 10 – Entropy Technology Design, Inc., gained significant interest
at the 2017 Defense Innovation Technology Acceleration Challenge in Tampa presenting their
personal, hand-held airborne threat detection technology. Multiple government and military
organizations are pursuing the company for details, to include a scheduled meeting with the DoD on
Oct 16, 2017, in Arlington, Virginia. Powered by Nimbus™ Technology, based on low-frequency
magnetic field detection, the micro-device provides users with real-time alerts of severe weather,
lightning, pre-tornado conditions, rogue drones, mortar fire, and tunneling out to 3 km without the
need for satellite feeds or external power. Additional key features include notification of distance,
bearing and motion vector.
Dr. Bucci, independent consultant and visiting research fellow for Special Operations and
Counterterrorism at The Heritage Foundation says: “Some of you are saying: ‘OK, I’ll bite. What do
weather, drones and mortars have in common?’” Without going into a ton of heavy science the
solution is low-frequency magnetic fields (LMF). Entropy’s team has applied 30-years of expertise to
create a family of proprietary sensors and analysis software capable of extracting high-resolution
information that will disrupt the way the public receives weather and other threat detection. If it went
no further than this, it would be a major disruptor of the normal threats facing our communities and
the leaders responsible for them, but there is more.
Everyone thinks of drones as a U.S. “Big Military” asset that is only weaponized for our closest allies
and us. Unfortunately, other countries and terror groups overseas and at home need only look at
Amazon’s efforts to use drones to deliver books. birthday gifts, even pizza to realize they can use them
to attack targets, both people and facilities. Nimbus™ technology can provide detection miles from the
target.
• Users can have affordable extreme weather detection in the hands of the local first
responders in time to actually do something to protect their citizens. Businesses can get the
same weather related benefits, and achieve drone awareness / detection with minimum
training.
• Platoon and individual level real-time incoming mortar fire detection and drone incursion
warning.
• Tunneling activity can be detected by compiling the Nimbus™ magnetic field data into localarea
maps.
• Real-time tornado detection can provide up to an hour of local-area warning and projected
path plots.
• Nimbus™, tuned to the frequencies of the threats facing each different user base would put
radically improved protection/preparation ability in the hands of those that need it…when
they need it.

Nimbus™ changes everything.

About The Company: Entropy Technology Design, Inc. is a woman-owned company based in Tampa,
Florida. For more information visit www.nimbus4.com or contact us at info@entropydesigns.com

Tami Fitzpatrick
Entropy Technology Design, Inc.
813-361-9475
tfitzpatrick@entropydesigns.com

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