Civionics was established in 2009 to provide customized wireless sensing and embedded control solutions to the health monitoring and cleantech communities. Created as a spinout of successful research efforts at the University of Michigan, Civionics has experience in building intelligent wireless monitoring and control systems for civil, naval, and wind energy applications, and strives to leverage its expertise in embedded data processing and intelligent wireless sensing to help create a safer and more energy-efficient world. To date, the company has received a number of grants and contracts from federal funding agencies to develop wireless monitoring solutions for a number of applications. In 2009, the company secured a Phase I SBIR grant from the US Navy to develop a highly distributed wireless system for monitoring hull strain in naval vessels. Since 2010, Civionics has worked with the Department of Homeland Security to develop a low-cost wireless monitoring system for urban search and rescue personnel tasked with finding survivors in partially and totally collapsed buildings. More recently, the company has partnered with POWERleap, Inc., another Ann Arbor-based startup company, to develop a smart flooring system that can harvest energy from building foot traffic and accurately detect both an occupant’s presence and their level of activity. To support this collaboration, Civionics is now leading an NSF Phase I SBIR grant with POWERleap as a project partner. Additionally, Civionics has been working with companies in the US, Saudi Arabia and China to commercialize the Narada and Formic wireless systems for the purpose of building and home automation.
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