NT News Article: Darwin company Universal Site Monitoring in talks for local manufacturing hub at CDU

USM CDU Local Manufacturing

DARWIN’S Universal Site Monitoring (USM) is on the move.

USM became a customer of the Darwin Innovation Hub‘s (DIH) Entrepreneurs Program in 2020, and since this time many doors have opened for the innovative company. DIH partner Charles Darwin University (CDU) is in talks with the company USM, which designs and develops the next generation of safety monitoring devices, to be part of a digital manufacturing hub at CDU.

USM is the creator of a world-first integrated system of wearable personal safety monitoring devices, communications hubs, reporting, and management software, plus ancillary products, providing essential safety data accessible from anywhere at any time.

The company’s compact PSM Hero 715 device, to be worn by workers, enabling real-time access to information on lone or remote workers, has improved communication abilities in areas where reception would otherwise be unavailable.

USM managing director Emil Tastula said the company was excited at the prospects of linking with CDU for digital manufacturing hub.

“The university shift is very exciting,” he said “Everyone is very enthusiastic about us having the digital manufacturing hub there.

“Fingers crossed we will have some positive information by the end of the month and we can start the practicalities of getting the building ready and setting some dates to move in.”

In the past five years, USM’s product development and market insights have been guided by engagement with large global companies.

Three successful proof-of-concept trials have been completed in Belgium, Canada and Spain.

USM has plans to attend next month’s Gastech conference in Dubai – one of the world’s largest exhibitions and conferences focused on gas and LNG. Mr Tastula said Gastech would be an opportunity to showcase all of USM’s products to key potential clients.

From there USM hopes to be able to fly to Belgium to complete the final stage of a trial for a major client it has been working with for the past year.

In 2020 Paspalis Innovation Investment Fund (the first Venture Capital Fund of the Northern Territory) invested up to $950,000 in USM, read more about PIIF here.

Source: NTNews