Research Triangle Region, N.C. - Two new region-based ventures, MeterSYS and OBX Computing Corp., have joined the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) as Entrepreneur members.
They join a select, diverse array of RTCC Entrepreneur members that offer innovative and potentially disruptive technologies to the cluster.
“A single new technology developed by an entrepreneurial venture may be all that is required to launch new product lines, new services or even whole new industries,” said RTCC Executive Director Jennifer Bosser. “These firms represent that promise and potential for our cluster and for our cleantech economy.”
MeterSYS: Smart metering solutions for public utilities
Moore County-based MeterSYS provides turn-key utility smart metering consulting and program management for public water, gas and electric utilities that are operated by local governments and authorities across the country.
Its primary offering, Metering as a Service(SM) (MaaS), helps utilities design, build, finance, operate and maintain their advanced meter infrastructure.
Managing Director Andy Honeycutt and Consulting Analyst Lauren Brown bring decades of experience working in both the utility industry and local government improving business processes and utility operations. They understand what it takes to effectively integrate new technologies in public utilities and help them manage the organizational changes that process requires.
“We work exclusively with public utilities, working in particular to advance the adoption of smart metering by small and mid-size utilities,” Honeycutt said. “We understand the key decision-making elements and the culture, and that allows us to better help our clients develop, implement and maintain solutions that improve resource management, efficiency and customer engagement.”
MeterSYS sought out RTCC membership to expand its relationships with like-minded companies for two reasons: to contribute to the conversation and development of new cleantech technologies and to form partnerships with other cluster members that enable them to broaden and diversify their service delivery and product line.
“We welcome strategic connections with cluster members to support our mission and want to be closely involved with thought leaders in this industry,” said Honeycutt.
OBX Computing Corp.: LED-based wireless mesh platform
Raleigh-based OBX Computing Corp. has developed an energy-efficient OBX Platform that attaches to LED lighting fixtures to create a Wi-Fi mesh network, enabling broad, reliable Wi-Fi connections, secure gateway connections for Internet of Things edge devices and advanced lighting controls.
The Platform can be attached to any LED lighting fixture, indoors or outdoors, and requires only electric power and Internet connectivity. It leverages the rapid, widespread adoption of energy-efficient LED lighting to deliver seamless, reliable Internet connectivity throughout a location and can extend coverage to areas unserved or underserved.
“We have a potentially game-changing, energy-efficient platform that can become mainstream and impactful given the proliferation and proximity of lighting in our daily lives,” said Tom Sullivan, OBX Computing’s co-founder and chief financial officer.
The company seeks to capture a share of the $14 billion commercial and industrial LED lighting market by developing a network of licensed distributors who can sell and install their platform in offices, schools, hotels or outdoor areas – delivering multiple functionality from a low-cost, eco-friendly platform.
“The RTCC is a great fit for what we’re doing now and what we envision doing in the future, whether working with utilities to provide a platform for smart grid applications or enabling the Internet of Things,” Sullivan said. “It provides a key networking opportunity to showcase what we have and to connect with what others are doing.”