PortTechLA's New Clean Technology Client: TREXA
PortTech Los Angeles announced a new client, TREXA, a company that designed and developed a zero-emission, electric platform technology for driverless vehicles. The first order of business for PortTechLA is to help TREXA advance its clean technology by finding a manufacturing space in the Harbor area.
“We first discovered TREXA's innovative technology at our 2012 PortTechEXPO Entrepreneur Pitch Competition. Now we look forward to establishing an advanced technology manufacturing center for TREXA in San Pedro as soon as possible,” said PortTechLA Director of Client Services John Dmohowski. “The company received a $2.5 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to equip a facility and begin pilot production of its electric, driverless vehicle platforms.”
As a participant in PortTechLA’s 2012 Entrepreneur Pitch Competition, TREXA won the Most Innovative Technology Award for the company’s wirelessly-controlled electric vehicle platform, which can be paired with a wide number of applications for tasks in the security and logistics markets. One important task is to provide effective surveillance for massive structured environments such as the ports, where security is crucial.
The first commercial application from TREXA will be RAILSCOUT, a specially-designed driverless vehicle built to run on railroad tracks that can be operated autonomously or from a remote location. The RAILSCOUT has sensors to detect track flaws, alerts railroad staff of potential issues via the cellular and railroad radio networks and streams real-time video of the rail track environment. Currently, railroad operators rely on people to manually inspect hundreds of thousands of miles of tracks, but it’s impossible to deploy enough people to inspect all the tracks all the time.
“Our goal was to develop electronic, driverless vehicles that effectively perform dull, dirty and dangerous tasks while taking people out of harm’s way. Now we look forward to working with PortTechLA on finding a manufacturing space in San Pedro and developing new business opportunities,” said Seth Seaberg, TREXA Founder and CEO. “PortTechLA and TREXA are a natural fit because there’s a real need for this kind of zero-emission technology at the ports, such as the Port of Long Beach Middle Harbor project, which is committed to cutting air pollution in half.”
About TREXA®: TREXA Corp. (www.trexa.com), founded in 2010, manufactures advanced drive-by-wire electric vehicle platforms and avatronic guidance systems (sensors and controls that enable wireless, remote, and autonomous vehicle operation). A wide range of applications can be developed on the platform to do dull, dirty or dangerous jobs in the security, logistics and agriculture markets. Railscout™, launching in 2013, is an avatronic vehicle for the inspection, maintenance and security of railways, and is the first commercial application to be launched on a TREXA platform.
About PortTechLA: PortTech Los Angeles (www.porttechla.org), a commercialization center and incubation program, promotes and develops companies with technologies that enable enterprises and consumers to meet their immediate and future environmental, energy, security and logistics goals. PortTechLA is an integral part of the Clean Tech Los Angeles Initiative, a founding member of the Business Incubation Network of Southern California and is a member of the National Business Incubation Association. The incubator is a cooperative effort of the City of Los Angeles, the Port of Los Angeles and the business communities of San Pedro and Wilmington. It is located adjacent to the Port of Los Angeles in the heart of the San Pedro Business Improvement and Arts, Culture and Entertainment Districts.