PGH Tech News Roundup 11.1.13

It never stops. It never sleeps. It’s all-consuming. Yes, Pittsburgh tech companies keep making headlines. Here’s a roundup of the latest Pittsburgh tech news. Consume:


Verge Video Dives Deep in PGH Robotics Scene

Awesome new video from The Verge features Pittsburgh robotics like we’ve never seen before. The narrator is a little androgynous and creepy, but the content sure makes us proud. Pittsburgh never looked so cool! Best of all, it has a cameo with Carnegie Mellon University’s HERB — a robotic butler, cookie separator  and aspiring actor.

Check it out tight here.


Speaking of Robotics, RE2 Lands Defense Contract

RE2, Inc. announced that the company has been awarded additional funding by the Department of Defense to commercialize its high speed inspection robot called the ForeRunner. The ForeRunner unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) was developed under an Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the additional funding was awarded through the Robotics Technology Consortium as a Phase III SBIR with the Army’s Tank and Automotive Research Engineering and Development Center (TARDEC).


Metis Secure Launches New Software Solution

A new software product from Metis Secure Solutions, LLC provides single-point-of-access emergency control over a wide variety of audio communications and display devices installed at a site—from workstation IP phones and computer screens to building PA speakers and digital signs.

Safety and security leaders can now instantly broadcast actionable alerts and instructions throughout their sites when an emergency strikes, using Metis Secure’s software with their existing communications hardware. Called E-CIM, for Emergency Communications Information Management, the software acts as the brain for a site’s separate audio, visual, and communications systems, unifying and controlling them in a crisis.


Industrial Scientific Sells Oldham

Industrial Scientific Corporation announced today that it has completed the sale of its Oldham fixed-point gas detection business to Industrial Safety Technologies (IST). The sale encompasses Oldham headquarters’ operations in Arras, France along with fixed systems support operations in China, Germany, India and the United States. The sale was first announced in July 2013.

Industrial Scientific Corporation Sells Oldham Fixed Systems Business to Industrial Safety Technologies

Industrial Scientific Corporation announced today that it has reached agreement with Industrial Safety Technologies (IST) for the sale of its Oldham fixed-point gas detection business.

Oldham provides a comprehensive portfolio of fixed system gas detection monitors and controllers. The sale encompasses Oldham headquarters’ operations in Arras, France along with fixed systems support operations in China, Germany, India and the United States.

Industrial Scientific people are dedicating their careers to ending death on the job,” said Justin McElhattan, President and CEO of Industrial Scientific. “The sale of Oldham is part of our strategy to accelerate promising technologies that further preserve human life in the workplace. Our growing global presence in portable gas detection technology and services will enable our customers to benefit from these innovations. I firmly believe that Oldham and its people will thrive under Industrial Safety Technologies. IST has strong synergies in fixed gas detection and supports the vision of the company.”

Adam Markin, President of Industrial Safety Technologies, said “Oldham offers IST a great European presence and market share including production capabilities in France and China that complement IST’s existing locations and other group companies. We are excited about Oldham and are very interested in working with Oldham management to grow the business and meet their long term objectives.”

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013. Raptor Partners LLC acted as financial advisors to Industrial Scientific in the transaction.

Pittsburgh Tech News Roundup

roundupSo much news, so little time. Here are some snippets from the past week of Pittsburgh tech companies making headlines. This is tastier than a rack of ribs smothered in BBQ sauce. Dig in, no napkins required:

In the Running

YinzCam made the cut for the nominees for the SBJ/SBD 2013 Sports Business Awards in the category of Best in Sports Technology. If you look at the other nominees, you can see YinzCam is in great company.

Watch the Radio

FutureDerm just announced its latest funding round. Check out Nicki Zevola being interviewed on TechVibe Radio with Steeler Charlie Batch and the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Audrey Russo. The segment will also air Saturday, March 23 at noon on FM News Talk 104.7.

Go with the Flow

Angstrom Sciences announced an agreement to distribute the FloTronTM series of reactive gas control systems from Nova Fabrica. Flotron and FloTron X (fast CCD spectrometer-based) systems are high-speed closed-loop process controllers, designed for real-time, in-situ precision control of reactive sputtering-based vacuum coating and plasma treatment processes.

Drink Responsibly

Clique Vodka launched its new DrinkyPal app. It lets users pull up a list of the nearest taxi companies and the nearest list of hotels to help prevent drinking and driving. You can now book a hotel room directly from your phone within the application, as well as call the taxi company directly. Deets here.

It’s a Gas

Industrial Scientific said its Gas Detection as a Service solution, known as iNet®, was recognized as “Health & Safety Initiative of the Year” at the Gulf Coast Oil & Gas Awards. The “Health & Safety Initiative of the Year” award recognizes specific initiatives or products that have significantly reduced the risks to workers and/or members of the community in the Gulf Coast region.

On the Road Again

Matrix Solutions, the leading provider of Media CRM and Sales Analytics Software, announced today that their CEO, DJ Cavanaugh, will be presenting “CRM is Leading the Way for Sales in Broadcast Media” on Monday April 8, 2013 at 10:45AM during the NAB Show. The presentation, open to all attendees, will be part of the Enterprise Computing PIT happening on the tradeshow floor in booth #N6621 within the North Hall.

Industrial Scientific Introduces the Ventis Slide-on Pump


The Ventis Slide-on Pump Model VSP

 Industrial Scientific introduced the Ventis Slide-on Pump. The new pump is compatible with both the Ventis MX4 and the MX4 iQuad multi-gas detectors. It is ideally suited for gas monitor users who wear their gas monitor for personal protection the majority of their day but occasionally require a pump for confined space entries.

The Ventis Slide-on Pump (Model VSP), available in black or safety orange, allows for convenient sampling of up to 50 feet in a wide range of applications. No tools are required to attach or remove the pump to and from the Ventis monitor. Since the pump is powered by its own battery pack, as is the Ventis, the battery packs can be easily exchanged between instruments, as needed. There are three available battery pack options including standard lithium-ion, extended runtime lithium-ion and alkaline which make the pump extremely flexible in the field. To charge the Ventis Slide-on Pump, it can be simply placed in the cradle of one of the standard Ventis AC desktop or DC vehicle chargers.

The compact, feature-rich, and iNet® compatible Ventis has been the monitor of choice for many multi-gas instrument users since being introduced in March 2011. The new Ventis Slide-on Pump allows users to quickly configure the Ventis for any need.

For additional information on the Ventis Slide-on Pump, visit

Breakfast Briefing: Justin McElhattan, President and CEO, Industrial Scientific Corporation

Breakfast Briefing: Justin McElhattan, President and CEO, Industrial Scientific Corporation

Thursday, December 06, 2012

7:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Location: Rivers Club, 301 Grant St #411, 15219

As the world’s leading provider of Gas Detection as a Service, Industrial Scientific is dedicated to eliminating death on the job in this century.

Learn from President and CEO Justin McElhattan how achieving this goal requires dedication to delivering highest quality and best customer service in all transactions. Industrial Scientific also focuses on providing analysis of data from gas detection equipment use and maintenance to identify problems before they happen.

With more than 925 dedicated employees, Industrial Scientific has operations based in Pittsburgh; Arras, France; Dortmund, Germany; and Shanghai, China. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a true industry leader whose technology is saving lives every day.

Get more info right here.