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Technology that can see through walls goes commercial [Video]

By John Hollenhorst
July 21st, 2011 @ 6:42pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Joey Wilson's Ph.D. project started a few years ago, a crude experimental network of transmitter-receivers. They tracked people inside by analyzing disturbances of the radio waves. Still, it was an entirely new kind of motion detector - one that could detect burglars through walls, which gave the project immense potential.

Now, the first commercial product is ready to be plugged in. Wilson's company, Xandem, even has its first customer - a penthouse owner in Dubai.

"Yeah, we're ready to generate revenue. Do I think we've solved the problems that we want to solve? Not even close. We're at the tip of the iceberg on what this technology can do," said Wilson. He says his product has big advantages over the infra-red detectors on the market now, which are prone to false alarms because they are sensitive to heat. Read the full story here.

Barron's Article Discusses Xandem Technology

Barron'sXandem was recently mentioned as an example of the University of Utah's ability to commercialize new technologies.

"The technologies driving the new businesses are developed by students working under faculty guidance. Case in point: Joey Wilson, who graduated with a doctorate in electrical engineering last year, is now the CEO of Xandem—a company he started in 2009 while attending U of U. The radio-wave technology he developed allows the company's customers to see through walls.

While Wilson and a professor came up with the ideas and developed the technology, the intellectual-property rights remain with the university, which receives a check for as long as the technology is used. D'Ambrosio says that more than 80 universities have sent representatives to the university this year to study ways of replicating its intellectual-property-rights revenue stream."

Please see this link for the full article.

Xandem Receives Utah Innovation Award for Next-Generation Motion Sensing [Video]

Xandem is a winner of the 2011 Utah Innovation Awards for its next-generation motion sensing technology. From the press release:

SALT LAKE CITY - Eight innovations were announced as winners in the ninth annual Utah Innovation Awards program, presented by Stoel Rives LLP and the Utah Technology Council. This statewide program, the first of its kind, is designed to recognize innovations and the Utah companies that created them. The program is sponsored by Stage 12, Utah Business Magazine, and Webb Audio Visual Communication. Winners were announced during a special Awards Luncheon today at the Little America Hotel.

Read the full press release here.

Xandem: Top 3 Finalist in the Utah Innovation Awards

Xandem has been named a top-3 finalist for the 2011 Utah Innovation Awards for its powerful motion sensing security technology. From the official website:

"Twenty-nine innovations have been selected as finalists or honorable mention recipients in the ninth annual Utah Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP and the Utah Technology Council. This statewide program, the first of its kind and sponsored by Utah Business magazine, Webb Audio Visual Communication, and Stage 12, is designed to recognize innovations and the Utah companies that created them. Winners will be announced, and finalists and honorable mention recipients will be honored at a special Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at the Little America Hotel. Registration is available online at www.stoel.com/utahinnovation."

Xandem will be showcasing the technology before the award luncheon on May 3, at 11am. The full press release is available here.

Xandem featured in Utah Technology Council newsletter

UTCXandem was recently featured by the Utah Technology Council "Under the lens" newsletter. Here's an excerpt:

"What is most interesting about your company's internal culture?

We question everything. We don't follow typical ways of doing things unless we are absolutely convinced that the conventional methods hold up to our questioning. This comes into play in everything we do, from business decisions to our cutting-edge technology research. We understand that true innovation simplifies old complicated frameworks..."

Discover Magazine - X-Ray Vision Is So 20th Century

Xandem's technology was featured in the May 2010 Print Edition of Discover Magazine in an article entitled X-Ray Vision Is So 20th Century.

Xandem featured media."Researchers are building new systems that see through walls using radiation that's a lot safer than X-rays."

"At the University of Utah, engineer Neal Patwari and doctoral candidate Joey Wilson [Xandem founders] are using radio waves to see through obstacles. Their network of radio transceivers measures the signal strength to reveal the locations of people or objects in the area. The system can find targets in the dark and through walls, smoke, or trees. Patwari and Wilson are currently working to expand the transceivers’ range, currently 50 feet. For now the detector can follow only a single individual, Patwari says, “but we will soon be able to track multiple people or objects and tell the difference between them.” The technology could find applications in fire rescues, hostage situations, and border security."

PC World's Tech Trends 2010

From PC World's Tech Trends 2010: Predictions for the Year Ahead:

Seeing Into the Future
"Superman's X-ray vision will become a reality. Well, not quite, but close. The University of Utah has developed a way to look through building walls using a network of inexpensive radios. Fire departments will use these to find people inside burning buildings. Police will use them to track down criminals. Shopping malls, subways, sports arenas and other public places will use these systems to determine how individuals move around public spaces."

Bart Perkins, Computerworld columnist and managing partner at Leverage Partners Inc.

The Economist - Looking Beyond: Through-the-Wall Vision

Xandem featured media.An article in the October 15, 2009 print edition of The Economist entitled "Looking Beyond: Through-the-Wall Vision" features Xandem's innovative location technologies.

"SUPERMAN had X-ray vision, which was useful for looking through walls when rescuing heroines and collaring villains. But beyond Hollywood, the best that engineers have been able to come up with to see inside buildings are devices that use radar. Some are portable enough to be placed against an outside wall by, say, a police unit planning a raid—and sophisticated enough to show, with reasonable accuracy, the location of anyone inside. But the best models cost more than $100,000, so they are not widely deployed. Now a team led by Neal Patwari and Joey Wilson of the University of Utah has come up with a way to peer through the walls of a building using a network of little radios that cost only a few dollars each.

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The ability to “see” people moving around in a building with such a cheap system has many plausible applications, and Mr Wilson has set up a company called Xandem to commercialise the idea. Besides military, police and private-security uses, radio networks might be employed to locate people trapped by fire or earthquake. More commercially, they might be used to measure what retailers call “footfall”—recording how people use stores and shopping centres. At the moment, this is done with cameras, or by triangulating the position of signals given off by mobile phones that customers are carrying. Radio tomography could be simpler, more accurate and, some might feel, less intrusive."

Der Spiegel: U.S. Researchers Peer Through Walls

Xandem featured media.Xandem technology and founders Joey Wilson and Neal Patwari were featured in Germany's largest news source, Der Spiegel. Here are some excerpts (translated):

"Thanks to researchers at the University of Utah, police officers, firefighters and rescue workers hope to have [superhuman vision] in the near future. Recent research shows that a sensitive network of radio-wave sensors, motion of people through walls can be tracked - in real time."


"Wilson has the commercialization of the technology in mind. Specially it has already founded a company (Xandem) that will market the radio wave tomography. For example, as an intelligent alarm system, the radio transmitters could be installed inside the walls of a home. If an intruder enters the house, the system could inform the owner via a mobile phone. The police could be informed as to the location of the intruders.
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KSL News - Utah Inventors 'See' Through Walls with Radio Waves

By John Hollenhorst
SALT LAKE CITY -- It's an old dream that's been around for centuries -- being able to see through walls. Now a team at the University of Utah has created a stir with an invention that does exactly that.

It can look through walls and monitor people moving around inside a house. The researchers' videos on YouTube have suddenly been noticed. In the last few days they've been written up on technology websites from MIT to the United Kingdom.

It's not really like Superman's X-ray vision. It's more like Batman technology.

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