SBDC programs assist startup technology company, SMRTGrid

Baltic, SD – When power poles get damaged or knocked down in storms, utility crews scramble to fix them. But first they have to locate the problem. SMRTGrid Inc., a startup business, has developed an electronic sensing device that makes problems in a company’s electrical grid easy to locate.

“It’s a device that you put on top of an electrical pole,” says Ryan Van Zee, CEO of SMRTGrid. “If that pole wiggles, falls down or loses electricity, it will send a text to a smart device with a warning and a link to show where the problematic pole is located on a map, with directions on how to get to it.”

Van Zee received help with a grant applications for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program from Gary Archamboult, SBIR Director and Lori Cowman and Sue Stoll, consultants from the SBDC regional office in Yankton, who helped SMRTGrid with its business plan. “Everyone was very helpful,” Van Zee said.

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