TIA 2015 Startups Competition

On June 3, 2015, TIA held a Startups Competition and Luncheon at its annual Network of the Future conference.

From among the entrants received, the Startups Competition at TIA 2015: Network of the Future selected several companies for their innovative solutions. They pitched to an audience and judges Tim Horan, Managing Director of Oppenheimer and Co.; Jon Bayless, General Partner, Sevin Rosen Funds; and Adam Drobot, President and Chairman of Open TechWorks.

Congratulations to the TIA 2015 Startups Competition winner, VocalZoom, as well as runners up MetroTech and TRX Systems! Thank you to all of the competitors for participating. See below for more information on each company.





VocalZoom, Yokneam Ilit, Israel
www.vocalzoom.com     @vocalzoom

VocalZoom develops an innovative new microphone which provides superior noise reduction for voice control, and for communication in noisy environments. The VocalZoom microphone provides improved voice biometrics and ultra low power voice triggering, which will save battery for wearable and mobile devices.

The VocalZoom microphone is a laser sensor, with supreme accuracy, low power, low cost and small form factor. The microphone fits into wearables, smartphones, 2-way radio, headsets, helmets and cars.


MetroTech, Alpharetta GA
metrotech-net.com     @IntelliSection

MetroTech is in route to revolutionizing traffic analytics. The innovation lies within their patent-pending traffic analysis software that turns cameras into sensors. MetroTech aggregates real-time traffic data from silo-ed sources, applies analytics, and publishes actionable information.

Delivered from the cloud, traffic Big Data is analyzed and published via APIs to mobile or web applications and Connected Cars, and dispersed to multiple customers and audiences.


TRX Systems, Greenbelt MD
www.trxsystems.com     @TRX_Systems

TRX delivers location everywhere. TRX's NEON Location Service seamlessly delivers location within buildings where GPS does not work, without relying on installed beacons or other infrastructure. The software combines information from device built-in sensors to crowdsource 3D building maps and uses these maps to pinpoint people's location.

NEON is deployed with a small, wearable tracking accessory that includes accelerometer, gyroscope, pressure, light, compass and other sensors. TRX is now applying the same mapping approach used to improve the location of public safety personnel to pinpoint the location of mobile devices indoors.

Primal Sensors, Richardson TX
www.primalsensors.com    @PrimalSensors

Primal Sensors is a location service for amusement venues and recreational events allowing guests to locate and monitor where the other members of their group are while participating in a day at the experience.

Our platform is implemented by the venue or event and provided as a service to their guests to allow them to stay connected with their group members and continue to share their experience together.

meshDETECT, Plano TX
www.meshdetect.com      @prisoncellphone

meshDETECT is a patented technology platform that can be offered in any prison interested in the smart deployment and management of secure prison cell phones – which reduces contraband wireless phone demand, promotes improved detainee behavior, reduces recidivism and increases officer safety. Best of all, there is no deployment cost. In fact, meshDETECT is a new source of revenue for prisons.

meshDETECT helps to reduce the demand for contraband cell phones by siphoning off the legitimate desire for more frequent telephone access between detainees and their loved ones.

Kubos, Denton TX
www.kubos.co     @kubostech

Kubos is developing both a software platform for satellites and designing, developing, and deploying custom nano-satellite missions.

Our software platform will not only significantly reduce the time to prototype, test and deploy a spacecraft, but most dramatically, will open the satellite industry to traditional software engineers, much the same way Apple and Google opened smartphones to app developers. Additionally, our satellite development services give our customers access to data on the parts of the world that cannot be collected through traditional means.


Tim Horan
Managing Director
Oppenheimer & Co.

Tim is a Managing Director heading Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.’s Communications and Internet Infrastructure research team. He joined Oppenheimer (former known as CIBC World Markets) in 1998, and has been covering the sector since 1994. Tim researches a broad range of communications and Internet companies with a focus on the convergence of communications and computing. This new cloud computing industry is in turn driving a realignment of the industry from vertical integration to horizontal segmentation.

Prior to 1998, Tim was a research analyst at Smith Barney, a group that was ranked number two among wireline services teams in the 1997 Greenwich Associates Institutional Survey, and a perennial winner of the Institutional Investor analyst survey. Prior to becoming an equity analyst, Tim worked as a civil engineer on various construction projects in the New York area. Tim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA degree in Finance, with Beta Gamma Sigma Honors, from Columbia Business School in 1994.

Adam T. Drobot
President and Chairman
Open TechWorks

Adam Drobot oversees an applied research organization of more than 220 researchers who are involved in many aspects of Internet, broadband and information networking, and software technologies. Adam's government and public sector group is the single focal point that concentrates all Telcordia Technologies, Inc. government growth resources.

Prior to Telcordia, Dr. Drobot managed the Advanced Technology Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He also served as Senior Vice President for Science and Technology in his 26 years at SAIC. He has been the principal or key participant in the development of several large, scientific code systems. He has published more than 100 journal articles, and is a frequent contributor to industry literature. He currently holds 16 patents.

Adam is the 2007 recipient of IEEE's Managerial Excellence Award. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from the University of Texas.


All entrants admitted to the competition will receive:

  • Free conference admission for lead presenter - a $1000 value. (Excludes pre-conference workshops and VIP Dinner.)
  • Listing on TIA 2015 website and materials distributed at the conference.

First Place and Runner-Up(s)

  • One year of free TIA Membership
  • Group interview on TIA's online video channel.
  • Listing of winners with logos on TIA website through end of 2015
  • TIA News Release listing winners, with promotion to industry and local press.


  • $3000.00 prize (or $1500.00 to each of two runners-up)

First Place Winner

  • $5000.00 prize
  • Exclusive TIA NOW individual Interview on-site at conference
  • Introduction to TIA Board of Directors at Reception with VIPs and Industry Executives (normally reserved solely for TIA Board Members).
  • Award presentation at VIP Dinner, with winner logo displayed on screen