NAME OF STARTUP: Aircada
FOUNDED IN (Year): 2020
FOUNDER’S NAME: Sean
THE IDEA: What is the problem being solved by your startup / business?:
At Aircada, we make it quick and easy to overlay control system data into an augmented reality real-world environment to guarantee that a factory has access to its most essential data in any situation.
Users can use their phone or tablet’s camera to uncover 3d data in the field, getting access to each piece of the equipments’ schematics, real-time metrics, past analytics, and other crucial information right in front of each asset.
Augmented reality procedures instruct exactly where to go and what to do while alarms notify and navigate directly to where they went off allowing maintenance workers to react quickly without having to waste time tracking down all of the information needed to safely and effectively accomplish the job.”
THE FOUNDER’S STORY: When and how did you come up with the idea for the business?:
We are two brothers with a uniquely combined skill set which has made our vision and purpose clear – to make augmented reality accessible for the industrial sector.
Wylie is an Engineer by trade and taught industrial automation for many years. His technical ability and industry specific knowledge has allowed us to build a sophisticated and feature rich app.
I’ve specialized in user interface design which has allowed me to turn Wylie’s complex code into clean, fast, and intuitive UI/UX.
Imagine walking into a giant facility and being told to fix a malfunctioning piece equipment and all you know is what its called.
Finding where the machine is located, its documentation/safety protocols, and why it’s malfunctioned in the first place takes any worker, especially new hires, an excessive amount of time to complete.
Now imagine it’s an emergency, you’re not even sure where to begin, and the clock is ticking. This is where serious, costly, and oftentimes dangerous consequences start to occur.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. With Aircada Pro, you open the app, search for the machine by name, and get guided directly to its exact location using augmented reality.
Once you’re there, you look through your camera and see all of the machines relevant data, historical graphs, standard operating procedures, explainer videos, and guiding arrows directly above the machine. You now have every tool at your disposal to make sure you safely and efficiently get the job done. This is where the future is headed.
WHO IS THE CUSTOMER: What is the typical profile of your target customer? Where would they be located?:
Our ideal customers are maintenance teams who maintain medium to large size facilities whom use a central data control system.
By connecting their data with Aircada Pro, they will have access to it directly in the field, allowing them to troubleshoot on the go.
LESSONS TO SHARE: What 3 key lessons from your startup journey you’d like to share with aspiring entrepreneurs?:
When researching other solutions before we built ours, nearly every one required hugely expensive and time consuming setup processes just to be able to start placing augmented reality data around a facility.
We took a different approach and firmly believe that we have built an enterprise ready and feature rich app, while giving it a user interface that’s as light and intuitive as many of the consumer apps we all use today.
In order words, we are making industrial augmented reality truly accessible for the first time.
HQ City: Carbondale
Website URL: https://aircada.com/
Number of Employees: 1-5