ORLANDO, Fla. (May 29, 2014) -- Two Orlando technology companies---Vision Engineering Solutions LLC and Plasmonics Inc.---were named winners of the 4th Annual Sikorsky Innovations Entrepreneurial Challenge Competition recently.
Both firms are client companies of the University of Central Florida’s Business Incubation Program near the UCF campus.
Ed Logue, chief executive officer of Vision Engineering Solutions, said the two companies shared proprietary technologies to develop the novel laser warning and attribution system that won the competition.
“There is a growing problem of aircraft in flight being illuminated by lasers from the ground. These illuminations can cause pilot disorientation, eye injury, and even an aircraft crash. Our system, the Laser Detection and Attribution System (LDAS), will detect laser illuminations, warn the aircrew, and provide the location of where the laser is coming from. LDAS will greatly improve the protection of aircrews and aircraft from laser illuminations, and lead to significant reductions in the harmful or deadly effects,” Logue explained.
Nathan Post, chief operations officer at Plasmonics, said the collaborative companies were uniquely positioned to turn a bright idea into a marketable---and award-winning---technology. Plasmonics specializes in infrared technologies. The firm is primarily engaged in research, design and fabrication of thermal management materials for satellites and profile detection cameras for long range perimeter security, Post explained.
Vision Engineering Solutions focuses on modeling and simulation, sensor design and fabrication, optical design and testing, and a range of field data collection and data analysis areas. Its PASS System is already marketed to defense contractors to protect satellites, personnel and assets from inadvertent illumination by lasers.
Sikorsky is a United Technologies Company that specializes in aircraft and aerospace services. Sikorsky created their Entrepreneurial Challenge to stimulate the advancement of innovators with concepts pertaining to the vertical flight field.
For more information media should contact:
Ed Logue, CEO, Vision Engineering, 407-947-4653, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Nathan Post, COO, Plasmonics, Inc., 407-574-3107, Nathan.Post@plasmonics-inc.com;
Carol Ann Dykes, Site Manager, UCF Business Incubation Program, 407-207-7426,
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142 or LvershelCo@aol.com
About the UCF Business Incubation Program
The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a non-profit community resource, which provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure
to become financially stable, high growth/impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has helped hundreds of local startup companies (including nearly 150 current clients and 100 graduates) reach their potential faster by providing vital business development resources.
With eight facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Apopka,
Kissimmee, Orlando, St. Cloud and Winter Springs.
From October 2011 to June 2013, the UCF network of current and graduated clients has helped create a total regional output of over $620 million resulting in a $6.16 return for every $1.00 invested in the program while sustaining (directly and indirectly) over 3,300 jobs in the Central Florida region. For more information, visit www.incubator.ucf.edu.