Dayton-area businesses and organizations received more than $3.5 million in new support Wednesday from the Ohio Third Frontier, the state’s $2.3 billion initiative to boost Ohio’s economy through investments in innovation and technology.
The University of Dayton was awarded $3 million in collaboration with four area technology companies and the city of Dayton for a UD Research Institute program to develop new technologies for situational awareness, and to help small- and medium-sized businesses integrate their situational awareness products into larger systems.
Situational awareness systems range from general surveillance, like those used to identify the Boston bombing suspects, to high-tech sensor systems used in airport and border patrol security, as well as in search and rescue operations after natural disasters, said Kevin Klawon, UDRI group leader for software systems.
Klawon said the award is a “huge win” for the Dayton region’s emerging sensors technologies industry. The funds will give UDRI the ability to build a situational awareness platform that developers can use to easily combine sensors from different manufacturers, like “plug and play” computer components, he said.
UD received the award under the Third Frontier’s “Innovation Platform” program, which links established research from universities and colleges with Ohio companies to advance technologies to the market.
The local firms Optica Consulting, Woolpert, Greenlight Optics and Tenet 3 also shared in UD’s award.
The Third Frontier’s Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund awarded $98,366 to a Dayton company, Analytic Diabetic Systems LLC, for the development of software to help health care providers monitor and manage patient blood sugar levels.
The Start-Up Fund assists young Ohio companies that commercialize technologies developed by state universities, colleges and other not-for-profit research institutions.
In addition, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce was awarded $428,571 to administer the Third Frontier’s internship program to connect students with technology-based businesses in the Dayton region.
The awards were part of a total $20.5 million in awards approved Wednesday by the Ohio Third Frontier Commission.