Kyle Tingey, a computer engineer passionate about innovation, has been instrumental in the design, development and integration of a “hyperlocal” air-quality monitoring solution for the Air Quality & U project (aqandu.org).
As entrepreneurial lead selected by the U’s Technology and Venture Commercialization program, which helps commercialize new technologies developed at the U, Tingey’s Lean Canvas cohort also helped launch Tetrad Sensor Network Solutions, LLC.
There’s currently no air-quality sensing solution for particulate matter that’s geolocated and time relevant, said Tingey, who specializes in building devices and computer systems to serve a single purpose.
Tingey’s efforts helped reduce sensor cost from thousands of dollars to hundreds. Similar sensors cost $5,000, Tingey said, whereas his team’s air quality sensors are only $250. AirU sensors can be calibrated remotely to identify particulate matter and air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, or variations in temperature, humidity, ambient light, etc.
Tetrad already has sold 125 sensors to an asthma researcher at the Department of Pediatrics with plans to reach more complex markets with new sensing technologies over the next five years. “These sensors are networked and geolocated for manufacturability, so they can be deployed cheaply to achieve a more granular picture,” Tingey said.
Find this article and a lot more in the 2018 “Student Innovation @ the U” report. The publication is presented by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute to celebrate student innovators, change-makers and entrepreneurs.