By JACK WEATHERLY
Egburt 2.0 is out.
Camgian Microsystems’ star participant in the “Internet of Things,” the fourth generation of the Internet, has been improved and will soon be running smart infrastructure for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Ohio River, said Gary Butler, chairman and chief executive officer.
Egburt was introduced in October 2014 and has been used in retail settings to monitor customer-traffic patterns and thus more-effective product placement, as well as tracking heating and cooling systems to maximize efficiency.
As a result, Compass Intelligence named it the 2015 IoT Innovative Product of the Year.
Now comes son of Egburt.
It has registered a successful demonstration of “radical improvements in the operation, maintenance and reliability of aging public infrastructure,” Starkville-based Camigan, a private firm, said in a release issued Wednesday.
Through a contract with the Corps it improved “safety and (reduced) downtime of . . . locks, dams, bridges and levees,” the company said.
“This development builds a foundation for transforming the way infrastructure assets will be designed,” said Chris Henderson, Camgian vice president of engineering.
“This new fourth wave of the Internet’s growth is going to move beyond the connection of people to the connection of physical systems,” Butler explained in a telephone interview.
“Many analysts are predicting that this is by far going to be the largest growth of the Internet. Cisco (Systems) is predicting 50 billion connected devices by 2020.”
“We’ve really revolutionized and built a new type of working platform (Egburt) for that market.”
Founded in 2006, it is an engineer-heavy company that recruits most of its talent from Mississippi State University.
In 2009 Camgian bought the local engineering group of Cypress Seminconductor, a San Jose-based company, bringing on board its 16 employees, most of whom are engineers and most of whom are graduates of Mississippi State.
Butler declined to tell how many employees the company has or its revenues.
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