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October 17, 2017

IoT startup SensorHound wins TechConnect Defense Innovation Award 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – SensorHound Inc. was recognized with a 2017 TechConnect Defense Innovation Award at this year's Defense Innovation Summit, held in Tampa, Florida.

Only 15 percent of all innovations submitted to the summit were selected for this award. Rankings are based on the potential positive impact the submitted technology will have for the warfighter and national security. To learn more about the award, visit: http://defenseinnovation.us.

SensorHound, a Purdue-based startup, provides lightweight software solutions to monitor operational health and detect malicious intrusions in Internet of Things (IoT) devices like instrumented helmets, smart meters, and weapons systems. Once integrated into the devices, SensorHound’s technology automatically and proactively monitors for anomalous device behaviors and provides alerts when detection of anomalies occurs. The company also provides products to securely and reliably connect IoT devices to the cloud servers. These solutions help IoT device manufacturers and operators to significantly reduce their time to market and cost of ownership.

For more than 20 years TechConnect has provided strategic technology prospecting and commercialization services through the largest network of active innovators worldwide. In collaboration with National Security Technology Accelerator, TechConnect’s Defense Innovation Technology Acceleration Challenges represent an innovation acceleration model to rapidly prospect, vet and fund state-of-art technologies in alignment with war-fighter. This unique innovation process and ecosystem, rapidly matches key DOD problems-sets with the best technology solutions worldwide.

Vinai Sundaram, co-founder and CEO of SensorHound, said the company has developed ‘vertical-agnostic operations monitoring solutions’ for Internet of Things devices.

"Our software constantly monitors these small but critical devices to proactively detect threats and automatically send alerts with detailed diagnostic data to IoT device manufacturers and operators. It continuously tracks the health of deployed IoT devices and achieves a level of visibility previously possible only in a laboratory setting at an unbelievably tiny footprint," he said. "Tracking the health of IoT edge devices continuously allows early detection and quick resolution of operational bugs and threats, thus significantly reducing their impact both in terms of physical damage and costs."

The technology is licensed through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization. A video about SensorHound is available at http://youtu.be/HivLOiCJ7JE.

About SensorHound

SensorHound Inc. is a software company whose mission is to improve the security and reliability of the Internet of Things (IoT). Its leading-edge software solutions proactively and automatically monitor IoT devices to provide effective insights into a device’s operational health. SensorHound’s patented technology won several accolades including prestigious National Science Foundation’s SBIR Phase I and II awards. SensorHound is headquartered at Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, Indiana. For more information, email info@sensorhound.com.

About Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization

The Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the U.S. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue University and benefit the university's academic activities. The office is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2016 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Award for Innovation from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at foundry@prf.org. For more information on licensing a Purdue innovation, contact the Office of Technology Commercialization at innovation@prf.org.

About National Security Technology Accelerator

National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL) accelerates the discovery, development and deployment of innovative technology solutions for operational missions and installations of the U.S. Military at home and abroad.  NSTXL harvests innovative technology from the commercial and non-defense marketplace, ensuring the development of better, cheaper, and faster defense capabilities. We offer a unique and simplified approach to rapidly develop prototype that address a range of operational and installation needs, from individual warfighter technology up to large-scale installation projects. NSTXL delivers technology to the warfighter by serving as a one-stop shop to match government requirements with innovative private-sector solutions.

About TechConnect

For more than 20 years, TechConnect has provided strategic technology prospecting and commercialization services through the largest network of active innovators worldwide. Each year TechConnect prospects, vets, and connects thousands of emerging technologies for our industry, investment, and government clients. 

Media contacts:

Matthew S. Potrawski, SensorHound Inc., mpotrawski@sensorhound.com, 408-940-5651 x703

Cynthia Sequin, Purdue Research Foundation, 765-588-3340, csequin@prf.org

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