Thermal sensors have many applications, from security and transport to fire safety. However, they have always been perceived as an expensive technology and, as a consequence, something out of the realm of consumer level devices. In this episode of our ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ web series, we had a chat with Matt Horgan, Business Development Manager at Calumino, who shared with us how they are working hard to change the way these devices are manufactured so production cost can decrease and final cost of devices can become more accessible.
Calumino has been working on its solution since 2014, properly launching the product in mind 2019, and from there until March this year, they were focused on working with a few customers in more specific developments. According to Matt, who describes the start-up experience as “running up to the cliff while sowing your parachute right before you jump off”, Australia is a great place to be due to the many Research & Development incentives and other initiatives, such as Cicada Innovations, that are providing access to universities, research, networking events and overall support.
Since Covid-19 hit, however, they pivoted their business to come up with a new product, the RTS, to measure temperature in elevators and quickly respond to safety measures that most companies and buildings are putting in place. This opportunity to take one or two products from their portfolio and combine into a new solution, sort of coming up with several modules, is a new business model they will pursue for the near future, working on further integrations to always offer a solution that is accessible and easy to use.
We’d like to thank Matt for taking his time to talk with us.
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