Francisco Aguilar: Keep safe response teams

tech_innovator08__01__630x420Francisco Aguilar foresees a day when the police beat will have the same ability to search and surveillance as SWAT team members. The employer of 29 years old, has invented a rubber palm sized integrated with six small cameras and sensors that officers can pull in a danger zone, like a bomb site or building disaster vulnerable weather. The device, called the rebound Picture Explorer, instantly transmits audio, panoramas and environmental data for smartphones officers so they can make an initial assessment before going into harm’s way.

Aguilar points to the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and a movie theater in Colorado as potential uses for the device. “We are dealing with people who want to maximize the damage as quickly as possible,” he says. “Officers can not wait for a SWAT team. They have to respond faster, and you are basically blind.”

A former analyst at the Bridgespan Group, a consulting firm nonprofit, Aguilar came up with the idea while reading about the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. After that crisis, he says, thousands of people were buried in the rubble, but search teams had few faces necessary fiber-optic cameras to find victims. Images rebound Founded last year while working toward an MBA at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

At MIT, met partner and co-founder David Young, who had served in the U.S. Army and spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan looking for IEDs. After winning $ 60,000 in contests for entrepreneurs, who were able to improve their prototype, adding a microphone and design functions for a variety of first responders. For firefighters, added sensors to detect carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide. Aguilar says the company is raising seed money and expects to begin production later this year.

The company may have difficulty breaking into the market first responders, says Glenn Mattson, analyst covering Taser International at Sidoti & Co., a firm of equity research. “It’s a fragmented customer base. No big buyer,” he says. He also faces a challenge to maintain affordable Explorer for police and firefighters. Aguilar originally planned to put a price from $ 200 to $ 500. To improve the robustness of the ball increased the expected price of $ 500 to $ 1,000, although still much cheaper than robots and surveillance equipment.

Prior to joining Bridgespan, Aguilar was an energy trader DC power, and as a graduate student interning with Roshan, a mobile phone company in Afghanistan. There, he says, he saw how much quality of life of the people improved when they received a basic cell phone. That taught him a valuable lesson. “A simple tool,” he says, “can be much more powerful than a massive effort.”


the cameras can take regular photos and infrared

Working with manufacturers to launch Explorer New Year

The development of a version that can capture video

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