Queralt LLC, a Connecticut-based provider of RFID-enabled commercial applications, has received a Small Business Innovation Research Grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The grant is based on an innovative RFID-based system Queralt has developed which integrates elements of behavioral learning, enabling the system to “learn” a tracked asset or person’s habits over time.
The application, which incorporates technologies including GPS as well as RFID, is a closed loop system, creating a sensor network which surrounds a given area and tracks specific assets within that area. The behavioral learning element of the system, which makes it stand out in the field, enables the system to learn how a particular asset or person typically behaves within the confines of the network. Accumulated data of this type can be applied to improve efficiency and other business procedures. Queralt says the element of knowing if something is changing with an asset makes the system’s data valuable; this is apparently the element which also attracted the attention of the DHS.
The system bridges the gap between physical and electronic security, according to Queralt co-founder and managing director Michael Queralt.
Queralt is a six-person firm founded three-years ago. In addition to further developing their current product, the company is also looking at expanding the wireless standards with which it works.
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