The University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) was selected as the go-to organization to host an international company from Costa Rica. The company, TUNUK, is developing software to track bus ridership and other data for bus operators and municipalities. Tunuk Analytics Center utilizes state-of-the-art artificial intelligence to provide real-time data for revenue, expenses and operations to bus companies.
Scottsdale-based Axon, the bodycam and electro-shock weapons producer, recently posted earnings highlighting the company’s Q4 2020 record revenue on the strong demand for TASER devices and cloud software. Axon also announced that it plans to invest around $20 million in its Scottsdale facility for R&D operations, testing laboratories, quality testing and general office space.
TechTalk enews provides a monthly round-up of member updates, technological advancements, energy news, milestones and awards, industry news and featured content on the Council’s annual sponsors. Check out what’s happening in the Council’s January 2021 issue of TechTalk!
Arizona Commerce Authority celebrates 10 years of success; ASU announces a new partnership to expand access for advanced skills program; Edmund Optics expands with new facility in Tucson; Avnet and ON Semiconductor join forces to accelerate IoT innovation; Northern Arizona University names finalist named for its next president; Axosoft plan $10 million investment in Arizona startups; Sun Corridor Inc. has key role in newly formed Arizona Fintech Council; Digital Air Strike acquires LotVantage to expand inventory digital marketing, engagement and targeting solutions; Life365 and VectorCare align to expand and accelerate digital health solutions for healthcare organizations; UArizona unveils TIMESTEPS Summer Internship Program; and more.
Edmund Optics, the premier provider of optical and imaging components, announced that it has opened a new assembly and advanced design facility in Tucson, the second Edmund Optics location in the state. This 21,225-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will support advanced design efforts and high-volume manufacturing services, including cleanroom assembly and incoming inspection with numerous testing capabilities such as MTF, straylight, thermal cycle, shock and vibration.
Sun Corridor Inc. is among the leading state organizations to work to entice fintechs to come to Arizona and help them partner with financial institutions. The council will initiate new opportunities for member financial institutions and selected fintechs to connect with each other, evaluate startups’ readiness to work hand in hand with financial institutions on innovative new products and services, and aid in arranging proofs of concept with participating financial institutions and fintechs in Arizona’s regulatory sandbox.
Arizona Public Service Company (APS) partners with Electrify Commercial to expand fast-charging across the state; Wilmot Energy Center, Tucson Electric Power’s biggest solar energy farm, aims to be churning out clean energy in a few months; electric bike manufacturer Phat Scooters accelerates as an Arizona success story; what it’s like to drive ElectraMeccanica’s three-wheeled Solo vehicle; Nikola Motor Company exec to lead global standardization project for hydrogen fueling technologies; FirstSolar, Enphase and SunPower are among the renewable energy stocks that are benefiting from the new White House administration’s green-energy agenda; and more.
The TIMESTEP Summer Internship Program is a unique opportunity for small- to mid-sized businesses based in Southern Arizona to connect with talented U Arizona undergraduate juniors in the Physical Sciences. This competitive program provides employers with a vetted pool of students who have worked in research teams, possess computing skills and are ready to work alongside development and engineering teams.
Digital Air Strike, the leading consumer engagement technology company, has acquired the assets of LotVantage, a digital inventory marketing SaaS company that enables auto, RV, marine and powersports dealerships to effectively merchandise their inventory through advanced targeting and data analytics.
Joshua Kanter, chief marketing officer for Encora, spoke on this episode of TechFocus about the digital transformation happening now and how Encora’s services seamlessly extend its clients’ development teams. Encora is an established leader in outsourced product development services and specializes in innovation acceleration for leading-edge technology companies.