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The Mesh [SMART 100, 2015]

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1. THE BEGINNING

This innovation initially came to life when…

I realised the current problem solving approach in control engineering is flawed. Each area of electronic control—from home automation to industrial control systems—is viewed as a unique challenge that only a specialised technology can address.

Needed is a ‘DNA’ approach: address all fundamental requirements for electronic control (networking, web access, end user personalisation, hardware interoperation, etc.) in the very heart of the method (syntax of a new type of programming language) and the need to constantly create add-on technologies to solve specific control problems disappears.

2. WHAT & HOW

The purpose of this innovation is to…

…provide a universal tool for electronic control that addresses problems in such areas as home automation, personalised user interface design, smart grid, warning systems, industrial control systems, distributed control and social cyber (control equivalent of social media).

It does this by…

…not following the current model for software deployment. There are no apps. Nothing has to be downloaded to a device like a smartphone.

The Mesh works because it takes the next logical step in IT’s migration to the cloud in putting not just data but the controlling logic out there too.

3. PURPOSE & BENEFITS

This innovation improves on what came before because…

…software is modular and accessible, able to be shared and reassembled like Lego bricks according to the needs of the particular end application.

Decentralising software and making it unimportant where it is located overcomes many hurdles that are making it hard to realise areas of networking control such as home automation, the smart grid and the Internet of Things.

Its various benefits to the customer/end-user include…

…simpler ways of controlling and customising how things work in and around their lives.

4. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

In the past, this problem was solved by…

…having to create and support new technologies to address each new area of control as it arose. But this firefighting approach to engineering design led to some problems being hard to solve.

Its predecessors/competitors include…

There are no examples that I know of, since I am unaware of anyone else applying a philosophy of universal design to control engineering.

5. TARGET MARKET

It is made for…

…all applications of devices and machines running under electronic control, especially where control needs to be networked, shared and customised for the end user.

It is available for sale through…

…a licensing agreement with this company, or through the future manufacture and marketing of Mesh-enabled devices.

Our marketing strategy is to…

…create and execute a business plan for commercialising Mesh technology.

Based on a successful PhD research programme, and with national award-winning recognition, we have developed a prototype of the first example of a Mesh-enabled device ready for manufacturing that is capable of addressing practical problems in a wide range of control areas.

FINE PRINT: This SMART 100 profile and the information it contains is a duplication of content submitted by the applicant during the entry process. As a function of entry, applicants were required to declare that all details are factually correct, do not infringe on another’s intellectual property and are not unlawful, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, obscene, or otherwise objectionable. Some profiles have been edited for reasons of space and clarity.

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