Intramotev Autonomous Rail

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is intramotev Autonomous Rail?

Each year in the US alone, over $690B in goods are moved via a fleet of 1.6 million railcars. On any given day, though, 900,000 of these railcars won’t move. A loaded railcar sits idle for 24.6 hours on each leg of its journey, just waiting to be picked up by a diesel locomotive. For locomotives to move these railcars, it requires 3.5 billion gallons of diesel annually – that’s over 37 million metric tons of greenhouse gases emitted into our atmosphere. Intramotev is building a future where no railcars sit idle, and not a gallon of diesel is consumed to move them. By putting motive power directly into the railcar instead of relying on locomotives, we enable freight to move itself from point-to-point independently and without fossil fuels.

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Timothy Luchini, Ph.D

CEO

PhD Mechanical Engineer with experience leading teams of up to 40 engineers to scale early-stage technologies in the aerospace industry.

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Alex Peiffer

COO

Business development and strategy expert with an MBA from University of Southern California, USAF logistics veteran.

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Corey Vasel

CTO

Expert in battery and motor technologies with experience developing early stage technologies in the aerospace industry.

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InfraLytiks

Origin: IA | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is InfraLytiks?

InfraLytiks has the main goal of “Making Data Meaningful”. We specialize in data analytics, Machine Learning and development of custom software & automation platforms for productization. We also own and operate a suite of geospatial and Artificial Intelligence products including Verified Data Analytics, Automated Inspections, InfraVIEU, InfraDrone & LiDAR NOW.

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Akash Vidyadharan

Chief Technology Officer

Akash Vidyadharan leads full stack project and product development at InfraLytiks for 5+ years. He holds a BS & MS in Aerospace Engineering and a M.Eng in Systems Engineering from Iowa State University.

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Kevin Prendergast

President

Kevin Prendergast is the President of InfraLytiks and leads business development, sales and marketing. He also has 35+ years experience in leading insurance, software and healthcare companies as President and CMO roles.

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Tyler Carter

Chief Operations Officer

Tyler Carter leads operations and administration at InfraLytiks and has 5+ years of experience in business development, administration and company operations. He holds a BS Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.

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Simerse

Origin: CA | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Simerse?

Simerse creates synthetic data for AI & Computer Vision. The company enhances Industrial AI with ready-made training datasets, fully labeled for Machine Learning. Simerse solves the bottleneck of real world data collection by making available computer-generated visual images which are capable of training real-world AI.

Simerse also recently launched a training data marketplace called Bounding.ai.

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michael naber

ceo

Michael Naber is the Founder & CEO of Simerse.

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Another Reality Studio

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Another Reality Studio?

Another Reality Studio (ARS) is a St. Louis technology startup that creates immersive and interactive extended reality (XR) applications for a variety of industries. Their mission is to be on the cutting edge of AR/VR and 3D application technology to work with a wide range of startups to Fortune 100 companies. ARS is driven by this growth to create a fun work environment that interesting clients and talented employees are attracted to. They develop custom XR applications utilizing the powerful Unreal Engine and Unity development platforms.

The Looking Glass platform is a custom 3D web application that makes design review easier to understand and always accessible to build trust for architecture end clients. It was uniquely developed by ARS to transform complex architectural drawings into a simple to use virtual walkthrough 3D space. Anyone can explore what future environments will become for use with any device, at any time, without direction.

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bradly martin

ceo

Brad Martin is CEO/ Founder of ARS and one of the top-rated AR/VR developers on Upwork. He leads a local developer meetup, been involved with an XR grant at Mizzou, & is AR/VR technology advisor for T- Rex & DisruptED. He specializes in new technology, project management and ideation for clients and industries. Brad is the creator of Looking Glass & has worked as associate architect at a leading St. Louis Architecture firm. Brad’s skillsets includes: Unreal Engine, Unity, AutoCAD, Autodesk 3DS Max, Google SketchUp, Revit, and HTML.

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mauricio espin

CtO

Mauricio Espin del Rio is the CTO & Co-Founder of ARS and leads the R&D/ development team. He is a senior programmer with over 15 years of IT, 3D Modeling, Animation, UI and Unreal Engine developer experience.

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Eemerg Roadside Assistance Marketplace

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2020 | Status: Active

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What is Eemerg Roadside Assistance Marketplace?

Eemerg roadside assistance is a revolutionary solution to emergency automotive dilemmas. Eemerg is an on-demand mobile roadside assistance marketplace geared toward customers with limited roadside assistance options. We are uniquely solving roadside assistance emergencies through an open platform where customers have multiple provider options at their fingertips with the press of a button. This app enables customers to decide which provider they want to go with, how much money they want to spend, and how long they want to wait for services. Not only is Eemerg cost-effective, but we also offer quicker response times as well.

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Whitney McClendon-Gregory

Co-Founder

Whitney McClendon-Gregory is an ambitious CEO from Saint Louis, MO. She is the founder of Eemerg Roadside Assistance Marketplace. Eemerg, launched in early 2019, is a roadside assistance app created with the average consumer in mind. Whitney saw the need for a safe and consumer-friendly application to provide the automotive services that users need most. She is dedicated to providing an open marketplace platform where both customers and service providers can choose a suitable price option for their needs.

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Hum Industrial Technology

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2020 | Status: Active

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What is Hum Industrial Technology?

Hum was created to tackle chronic issues of inconsistent and unreliable service that have plagued the rail industry for decades. Inflexible existing data infrastructure frequently loses track of railcars and makes first and last mile delivery unpredictable. Mechanical defect detectors often provide more false alarms than actual alerts. Both systems have been unable to adapt to the needs of an increasingly dynamic supply chain, leaving railroads and rail shippers frustrated. Now, with advances in low power, wireless communication, geospatial tracking, and advanced analytics, Hum has developed a set of cost-effective wireless sensors for railcars that allows railroads the ability to not only deliver transparent, reliable service to rail shippers but also the insight to anticipate their ever-changing needs. Welcome to the modern supply chain that just … Hums.

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byron porter

Co-Founder

Byron Porter is a multi-disciplined engineer, technologist, and entrepreneur. Born and raised in the farm country of Illinois, Byron spent the early part of his career as an Engineering Manager at a major Ag Processing company where he managed over $30 million in capital projects ranging from soybean receiving terminals to major plant expansions. It was during his time managing a shift of workers in a railyard that introduced Byron to some of the challenges surrounding freight rail today. After Byron left to pursue an MBA at Washington University in St. Louis, he decided to found Hum in 2019 and create the technology necessary to help the rail industry overcome its chronic issues. Byron has a BS, Chemical Engineer from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Byron and his wife Emma, a St. Louis native, live in St. Louis with their two boys.

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Kwema

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2020 | Status: Active

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What is Kwema?

Each workday, 7,000 U.S. employees experience an emergency at work and unfortunately some of them result in a loss of life. The time it takes for them to notify they are in danger and for them to get the right help is the biggest factor in these life threatening situations. Kwema bridges this gap and saves lives.

Kwema promotes employee safety using the world’s first smart badge reel to reduce reaction time when an employee is at risk saving companies 100s of thousands of dollars yearly. Kwema focuses on buying time within two main use cases:

1. Quick location based emergency alerts to the right emergency personnel in life-threatening situations where time can de-escalate if not prevent the incident from occurring.

2. Automating roll call and location of where employees are during mass evacuations optimizing evacuation staff’s focus on the employees that are yet to evacuate.

Kwema’s technology is designed to avoid adoption hurdles and training costs by being placed in something 100 MN working Americans already wear, a badge reel.

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Ali Al-jabry

ceo

Ali Al-Jabry is Kwemas CEO. He co-founded an Ed Tech Startup that has grown to 5 countries in 3 years and has been building teams for the last decade. Ali speaks 5 languages and has experience in Business Development/Relationship Building/Project Management/Operations and manufacturing. Ali’s biggest asset is his capacity to delegate and build in people.

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joel ibaceta

cto

Joel Ibaceta is Kwemas CTO, he has won Facebook Developer Challenges twice consecutively against over 5000 developers competing. Joel has co-founded a startup in the past and worked for Latin American Unicorn Mercado Libre as a Tech Leader. His full stack capabilities and experience allows him to undertake any software related needs Kwema has.

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Neer

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2020 | Status: Active

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What is Neer?

NEER offers comprehensive integrated real time water management platform that leverages Machine Learning to model and assess the risk condition of water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure systems.

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Elango Thevar

Founder & CEO

Mr. Thevar is a Founder & CEO of NEER. He spent more than 15 years of experience on hydrology and hydraulic modeling, water quality modeling, LID BMP sizing, floodplain mapping, water resources system design, asset management and project management. His experience has ranged from working on watershed master plan, sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) and combined sewer overflow (CSO) studies to strategic asset management for water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure.

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raj mani

cto

Mr. Mani has more than 10 years of experience in developing high scale healthcare applications.

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