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Camgian’s Prowl on the move with expansion

By JACK WEATHERLY

Prowl is on the move for Starkville-based technology firm Camgian Microsystems.

Considered by analysts as one of the top technology companies in the nation, it is opening sales and marketing offices in Tampa, Fla., and San Diego to increase the market for the Prowl radar system, said Chief Executive Gary Butler.

The product is a “very small, low-power radar system that is used for force protection . . . around critical operational infrastructure . . . to provide real-time tracking of human and vehicle targets.”

“It’s been a great success for us,” Butler said.

Eric Piatt, Camgian’s new director of business development, will operate from Tampa, according to a release. Piatt comes to the company from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel. He was a program manager for the U.S. Special Operations Command. He also had held senior business development positions for DRS Techologies for border and force protection systems, the release said.

Danny Merchant, a vice president, said in the release that “this marks the next phase of our efforts to establish Prowl as our customers’ preferred radar system.”

Camgian is one of three companies in the state that build radar-protection systems. Tupelo-based Hyperion Technology Group makes a sniper detection system that “puts a dot on a map and says, ‘Shoot here,’” said Geoffrey Carter, president, in an interview last year.

NVision Solutions of Diamondhead makes “maps they they put the dots on,” founder and president Craig Harvey said in an earlier interview.

Camgian’s Prowl, by contrast, “is a full system comprising radar, cameras, networked communications and back-end user control and display software.  We sell Prowls in fully packaged kits,” Butler said in an email.

“One broad thread (between the three companies) would be ‘sensors and information processing’ technologies.  However, the specific technologies, applications and customers are very different.”

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