Sentelligence conceives, designs and develops intelligent diagnostic sensing solutions for cleaner energy more efficient production and a greener environment. Our patented technology addresses the global demand for lower costs and greater efficiency in production processes. Sentelligence`s success is derived from a simple, low-cost, optical-based sensor. Our initial focus was on the automotive and transportation industries with the objective of developing an `on-board` intelligent sensor technology for fluids and gases. Sentelligence has identified new areas of opportunity for our sensor technology, addressing global issues such as public safety, production efficiency and environmental concerns.
Sentelligence was founded in 2000 with the mission of developing a proprietary sensor platform technology at a low market price.
With this in mind, Rob Qualls and Dr. John Coates formed the company. Incorporating in March of 2001, the founders began the process of developing a strategy that included raising the necessary capital to develop the first conceptual prototype, the oil condition sensor. Sentelligence established its intellectual property by filing its first patent, as provisional, in October of 2001.
Sentelligence's first major institutional investor was Rose Hulman Ventures (RHV), an affiliate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. RHV and Sentelligence signed an agreement in the fall of 2002 that provided Sentelligence with office and lab facilities, manpower, and necessary capital to begin development of the oil condition prototype.
Sentelligence's first customer, the Donaldson Company, a leading oil and air filtration manufacturer located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, signed a product development agreement providing funding that enabled Sentelligence to adapt its oil condition prototype to the Donaldson 'Smart Filter' program. After extensive development and testing, the project was completed in mid 2005.
In late 2006, Sentelligence received a grant from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), for the research and development of the urea quality sensor technology, and other applications of the sensor platform to green and/or renewable energy applications, such as bio-fuels. The IEDC grant provided the company with the necessary funding to deliver evaluation prototypes of urea sensing technology as well as to establish a corporate presence in the State of Indiana.
In March of 2008, Sentelligence was granted Patent Number 7,339,657B2. The patent as filed is comprehensive and covers a broad range of spectral measurement methods. This enables Sentelligence to cover a large number of product options and formats. Sentelligence filed its second patent specific to its smart urea quality sensing technology in June of 2011.
Since its inception, Sentelligence has continued to identify additional product and market opportunities for its platform technology. One of the first products identified was the urea quality sensor. In mid 2006, Sentelligence collaborated with DaimlerChrysler of Stuttgart, Germany to develop and test the urea quality sensing technology. With the successful development of functional prototype sensors, the company established contact with most of the major global vehicle manufacturers. In September of 2011, the company signed an exclusive licensing agreement for the continued development and commercialization of its urea technology platform with Measurement Specialties, Inc. (MEAS) of Hampton, Virginia. The collaboration with MEAS will allow the company to launch the urea quality sensor for inclusion in 2013 vehicle production.
Most liquids and gases provide unique signatures when there is an interaction with light of certain wavelengths. The wavelength interaction is a function of the molecular structure of the materials that are present. This is the basic premise of optical spectroscopy, the underlying foundation of our technology.
There are two main attributes of optical spectral measurements as a sensing technology:
The specific Wavelengths used which correlate to what materials are present and the amount of light or energy absorption at those Wavelengths which correlates to how much material is present.
This basic concept allows for material-specific, quantitative measurement to be implemented in a compact, hardened sensing device. The use of optical sensors is not uncommon in industrial and automotive arenas, but the extension to include wavelength specificity and hence material specificity in a sensor package is unique.
Sentelligence has designed proprietary optical-based platforms for the measurement of a range of fluids, gases and vapors based on light absorption at specific wavelengths. What makes these new sensor platforms different is that multiple wavelengths are used, and an optical signature is obtained that is used to characterize and to determine the composition of the fluids. Because the spectral response from different materials can be determined independently, signatures of a known combination of wavelengths can be used to confirm the identity of specific fluids.
Each sensor has built-in intelligence and a dedicated microprocessor handles the spectral data processing and the interpretation of the spectral data. The microprocessor can provide digital output in the form of simple serial communications, or an industry specific, structured output from standard CAN-Bus communications.
Spectral sensors can be configured to give discrete wavelength outputs for simple sensing to full range spectra in the form of a micro-spectral sensor for more complex applications.