CNN Money featured University of Utah startup Xandem recently, highlighting the company’s motion-detection technology that “sees through walls.” The company is the product of former doctoral student Joey Wilson and professor Neal Patwari, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
“Xandem’s secret sauce is its use of radio waves, which can go through things like trees and walls. That means motion sensors using those waves can be completely hidden — a breakthrough that’s drawing notice from both scientists and security industry professionals.”
The name “Xandem” comes from the word “tandem,” which means to harness individuals into a more powerful framework. Xandem technology surrounds areas with small, inexpensive and low-power wireless transceivers. Each of the devices communicates with the others, forming a dense sensing web that blankets the area. When people enter the network area, they disturb the radio field and Xandem’s powerful algorithms detect the disturbance. They call it “Synergistic Sensing” because it’s not the individual transceivers doing the sensing; the network itself is the sensor working in tandem.
“The Brahma Group, a construction firm in Salt Lake City, recently began using the Xandem system to protect one of its equipment storage warehouses…. Xandem’s systems are also starting to pop up in high-end homes, like the oceanfront penthouse entrepreneur Philip Charles Gamett is having designed in Dubai. There, it’s being used for ambiance, not security: Plugged into a home automation system, the sensors can trigger responses to cues.”
Xandem technology detects and locates people who are not carrying a tag or device. This powerful and cost-effective technology can detect people through walls, obstructions and in other difficult environments.
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