|[September 12, 2013]
SecureWaters Pioneers New Way to Communicate with Water
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --(Business Wire)--
announced the launch of AquaSentinel,
a new bio-sensor device that will provide widespread water quality data,
giving water a global voice.
SecureWater's first live AquaSentinel beta unit located in Soddy Daisy, Tenn. independently tweets updates on the state of Soddy Lake (Photo: Business Wire)
AquaSentinel is the only remotely installable device of its kind to take
advantage of algae photosynthesis to instantly test for the presence of
chemical pollutants in water, without the need for consumables.
Effective in both saltwater and freshwater, AquaSentinel's internal
software utilizes proprietary algorithms to interpret the specific
chemical signatures emitted by algae during the digestion of light and
provide an accurate, real-time read of water's contents.
Due to fear of biological terrorist attacks following Sept. 11, 2001,
the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency funded the development by
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Biosciences Division of the
technological process behind AquaSentinel. Through automatic and
continuous detection every three minutes, AquaSentinel can provide early
warning of bio-terrorism threats, along with industrial wastewater and
natural disaster source water pollution. Cyanide, arsenc, diuron,
atrazine and mercury are among the numerous toxins for which the device
Through its effective and self-sufficient detection process that
seamlessly marries nature with technology, there is no risk of tampering
or manmade false positives, as there are no consumables contained within
the unit. This means there is no reason for physical interaction with
the device once it is placed. With its easy scalability, AquaSentinel
can function as a single detection unit or connect as a network of
units, acting as a metropolitan smart grid. The expansive set of data
points collected by the device provide valuable insight into the "The
Voice of Water," as SecureWaters labels it.
In a push for water transparency, the company is releasing AquaSentinel
on the market so that information can be easily disseminated to the
public about what is contained within the bodies of water throughout the
country. One of the innovative features of the device includes its
ability to share information on its own via social media. SecureWater's
first live AquaSentinel beta unit located in Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
independently tweets updates on the state of Soddy
Lake. With the increased connectivity of everything through the
ever-expanding internet, SecureWaters has successfully pioneered a
technology to tread water into that digital web.
In October, the company can be found in Austin, Texas at SXSW
Eco, the third-annual fall sustainability conference. SecureWaters
was chosen as a finalist to participate in the Greentech category of the
conference's Startup Showcase, a one-day investor pitch competition
featuring top new business ideas from around the world. The Greentech
category will feature presentations from select companies offering
solutions in the areas of agriculture, air, energy, green building,
recycling and waste, transportation and fuels, water, materials and more.
"So far in our business trajectory, we've been a R&D focused company,
but with our exhibition at SXSW (News - Alert) Eco, we're entering the next phase in
our quest to give water a voice globally," said Franco Valentino, CEO of
In conjunction with the company's participation at SXSW Eco,
SecureWaters launched an Indiegogo
global-sourced funding campaign to place the inaugural AquaSentinel
device in Lake Austin, located within 15 miles of the convention center
that will host the conference. Indiegogo is the leading international
crowdfunding platform and has raised millions of dollars for thousands
of campaigns worldwide.
For more information on the company and its newly-launched AquaSentinel
device, connect with SecureWaters on Facebook
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