Pgh Lab Companies 2016

PGH Lab Cohort posted 11.4.2016
Written by Annia Aleman
This summer the City of Pittsburgh and the Urban Redevelopment Authority welcomed its first ever PGH Lab cohort. The launch of the program marked the beginning of a public-private partnership between the city government and local startup companies with tremendous potential to make social, economic, and environmental impacts in our communities.

Out of the 26 companies that applied to become part of PGH Lab program, only three were chosen. Tomorrow, Thursday, November 10, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm, each company will present their products and services and speak about their experience working with the city government to solve complex challenges.

HiberSense + Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)
HiberSense acts as a network of smart thermostats adjusting the temperature in each room, collecting important data on temperature, humidity and motion and delivering this information through a mobile app. HiberSense is working with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to deploy this micro-climate technology on the 10th floor of the Ross Street Building. HiberSense trained URA employees how to use the mobile app; so far the company has recorded a 63% engagement rate among URA employees that signed up for the mobile application. During the last stage of the pilot period, the team will be installing smart vent devices that will modify floor temperatures based on employee-reported temperature comfort. HiberSense program

TransitSource + City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning
TransitSource’s Sentinel Box detects and reports close calls for cyclists, or events where a motor-vehicle narrowly passes a bicycle. The device interfaces with the cyclist's smartphone to record GPS location, time of day, passing distance, moving speed of the passing vehicle and a picture of the event.  On September 19, 2016, TransitSource selected 4 out 30 volunteers to test its Sentinel Box on Negley Avenue for its PGH Lab pilot period. Volunteers were chosen based on their everyday route commute on Negley Avenue, their cycling experience, and whether their phones had android software as the TransitSource web application is only available to download on Android.

The four volunteers have engaged in a total of 144 trips to date and have helped record a total of 1,723 unsafe vehicle passing events. At the end of the pilot period the data will be analyzed to report the status of safe bicycle riding on one of Pittsburgh’s most transited streets. Stay tuned to hear what TransitSource will tell us about the future of transportation in Pittsburgh. Transitsource pilot program Transitsource pilot program

Renerge + Office of the Mayor, City of Pittsburgh
Renerge's new technology, the Water Horse, is an open flow hydro-energy system that harvests energy from river flow by using its unique and innovative design of “galloping motion.” The Water Horse does not require superficial or environmentally disruptive equipment such as damps or penstokes to create kinetic energy. The company has been testing its new technology in various river locations. On October 28th, the Water Horse was deployed on the Mon Wharf and will stay there until the end of the year. Water Horse program Water Horse program

Join us for Inclusive Innovation Live and PGH Lab companies’ presentation day!

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm, Point Park University, University Center 414 Wood Street. RSVP on our EventBrite

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