Digital Scent comes to the Internet of Things – by NEVADA Today

J.J. Hernandez, BSME ’16; Rachel Bowe, MSE ’17; Jacob Owens, EE ’14; Robby Liebherr, EE ’14; Alex Woods, ME-BS/MS ’13/16.

The use of digital technologies to analyze odors represents an exciting frontier that is being advanced by NevadaNano, an advanced manufacturing business based in Sparks, hiring University of Nevada, Reno graduates and leveraging discoveries licensed through the University.

NevadaNano has developed what the company calls Digital Scent: advanced gas sensors that detect and accurately identify hazards such as explosive, toxic or carcinogenic gases and deliver measurements through the cloud. NevadaNano’s Molecular Property SpectrometerTM solution integrates an array of chemical sensors on a single silicon chip and brings gas sensing to the Internet of Things.

An infusion of $18 million in Series B investor funding, announced Oct. 30, supports NevadaNano’s continuing development and market launch of the next generation of sensors that can be distributed in homes, offices and outdoors to monitor exposure to hazardous gases and enable people to take action to protect health. These newest sensors continue to leverage the University-developed technology, and can detect trace levels of gases at a lower price point and with high levels of performance.

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