Our story begins with Dr. Alper Yilmaz, professor Geo-Informatics with appointments in Civil Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering Departments at The Ohio State University.
The first project that Dr. Yilmaz worked on was with the Department of Defense in 2007. They wanted a camera that could track people and analyze activity. After completion of this project, Dr. Yilmaz was challenged by NASA in 2008 to develop a way to ensure that astronauts could safely get to an experiment station and then safely return when in space. In 2009, he began working on this and was able to deliver a tag solution that provided this information to NASA.
This led to a project for the Department of Defense. For this project, Dr. Yilmaz began developing a tag solution that an officer could embed in their uniform that could help command locate clandestine officers from their motion. With each success came additional projects from the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and NASA.
In 2016, Dr. Yilmaz in coordination with the university, determined that this technology had commercial value. He went to Rev1 Ventures, an investor startup studio located in Columbus, Ohio, and pitched his product. Rev1 liked the idea and invested $130,000. Over the last several years Ubihere has received a patent on this technology, is in the process of getting a second patent, and has been working to commercialize the products for use in the medical field, retail, manufacturing and the military. The company is currently in BETA test in several of these areas and is looking to be ready for commercial distribution by fall 2020.