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Q/A with the CoFounders of Prevision
(from left; Greg Walker, Steve Suddarth and Deborah Suddarth)
“We developed an earth imaging satellite from concept to delivery in 4 months”
Hometown: Edgewood, New Mexico
Team Size: 6
Focus: Software and Hardware
Explain your team in a few words:
Transparent, efficient, hands-on, radical approach
Tell me about your company:
We live in a live 3-dimensional world. Prevision wants you to see the world live in 3D from any angle or perspective well enough that you can measure actual between things.
We can make maps of your city, neighborhood or work-site hundreds of times faster than leading commercial products at an affordable cost. Think of it similar to a LIVE GoogleEarth in 3D!
What problem are you solving?
We’re actually a technology that solves many problems. We’ve been experimenting with customers in the areas of site management, like observing a rally or protest, military operations, environmental mapping, and even detecting and quantifying oil and gas leaks. We’re already talking with another team in this cohort to assist in traffic and parking studies inside metropolitan areas.
Why are you excited for GENIUS NY?
Central New York is serious about building drone-based business. This program is cutting edge and although we know many people talk about the prize money, in truth we are more excited about the ecosystem built here around UAS and UAV.
It’s hard to get a critical mass and make progress as a smaller company without collaborators, investors, mentors and partners. GENIUS NY really makes these collaborations possible.
First impressions of Syracuse?
The city has spirit and it is building itself up. It’s beautiful and we are looking forward to the variety of seasons. We also like that you can walk to work. The downtown is also elegant.
What are you most looking forward to while staying in Syracuse?
We’re looking forward to exploring the area and surrounding lakes like the Finger Lakes region. We don’t have many trees or lakes in New Mexico so boating, hiking and camping will be very exciting this summer. A trip to Montreal is in the works too!
How many drones do you own?
Let’s see, together we own 10 but that is not counting our larger ones. Among our larger drones are a 25-pound multirotor, a 6-foot wingspan drone airplane, and an optionally piloted Cessna 210 that can carry 6 people along with our technology.
What would you do with the $1 million grand prize?
The top prize will help us get exposure in the world quicker and show the world what can happen when real-time meets 3D. Providing people a 3-dimensional perspective of the area around them as they move about their daily business is going to happen. The million-dollar prize will help us deliver this vision first.