Thanks for all your support and votes because Temperature@lert is now officially vying for one of 12 grants from Chase and LivingSocial’s Mission: Small Business campaign. There are at least seventy-one local Boston businesses competing for this nationwide opportunity. Businesses must receive a minimum of 250 votes to have their application considered by Chase and LivingSocial’s panelists for one of the grants.
“We have worked diligently for two weeks trying to get enough votes by the June 30th deadline. We are grateful our community of friends, family, and ‘TempAlerters’ assisted us. The whole Temperature@lert team is greatly appreciative for all their support,” Harry Schechter, CEO and President of Temperature@lert, said. “When we surpassed 250 votes and hit above 350 votes, this demonstrated that our message to save water has significantly impacted our community. We are hopeful to receive a grant for Project PHYL so that we can continue with this project.”
Currently, Temperature@lert has produced USB, WIFI, CELL, and SOLAR CELL devices. The company was recently recognized as the 2012 winner of MITX (Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange) Innovation Award for Best Bootstrapped Start-Up. The SOLAR CELL device won an award for Best "Doing Good" Innovation and is currently an American Business Award Stevie Finalist for Best New Industrial Product in 2012 as well. The SOLAR CELL has flourished in the agricultural industry. The success of this product has caused there to be a demand in the market for a version made for small scale farms and gardens.
“Drawing on our previous experience in software and hardware from our SOLAR CELL device, we have created a product project entitled ‘PHYL’,” says Schechter. “PHYL is a cost-effective, compact solar-powered cellular device created for said users. In order to have PHYL be more user-friendly and relatable, our prototype has a green-leaf mounting-frame surrounding a solar cellular edition that is 50% smaller than its industrial parent edition, SOLAR CELL. However, similar to our SOLAR CELL device, PHYL will be able to monitor soil moisture and temperature so that the user can conserve water and have the most optimal conditions for growth.”
Although Temperature@lert will not find out until September if we are an official grant recipient, we already know how we would use the funds for Project PHYL. “We would like to develop wireless versions of our plug-and-play smart sensors, new wireless smart sensor capabilities, and a separate Sensor Cloud platform aimed towards promoting crop/plant growth in addition to perfecting our prototype. We would also like to create an online community where users would be able to discuss growing tips and request new sensor features,” stated Schechter. “Our unit can save enough water in a year for up to 9,000 people. This assumes a 200 acre farm, 6.21 gal water/cu ft on farm per year, 50% water reduction, and 50 gallons per day of water use per person.”
When agriculturalists are unsure of how to effectively water their plants or crop, Temperature@lert is there offering solutions. Temperature@lert is working full-time whether you are in the office, field, lab, or someplace else. It works whether you are awake or asleep because Temperature@lert strives to be the most innovative monitoring system for their users. Their culture dictates them to work at 110% for all users and proactively aid those in their community in the most effective way possible.