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Governor Matt Mead Visits Otra's Laramie Offices
WYoming Governor Matt Mead visits Otra
March 7, 2011--Wyoming Governor Matt Mead visited Otra's offices in the Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC) on the UW-Laramie campus. The Governor signed a Letter of Support for Crile Carvey Consulting's Phase II USDA SBIR proposal for siting rural wireless network tower sites, which was submitted this month by Otra, the company's Research Division.

Otra's successful Phase I research paved the way for Phase II, which will result in decision support software for wireless tower siting in rural areas. Otra has proven feasibilty of the tower siting software on a small test area in northern Albany County. Phase II funding will facilitate further development of features and enhancements to the siting software, as well as additional test areas in Wyoming.

The USDA has identified "complex topography" as a major challenge to bringing broadband to rural America. CCC / Otra has partnered with Union Wireless of Wyoming to address this and other challenges to ubiquitous US broadband. Otra plans to commercialize the results of the proposal, entitled "RURAL WIRELESS NETWORK TOWER SITE LOCATION AND OPTIMIZATION USING WEB-BASED CONSTRAINED OPTIMIZATION TECHNIQUES" as early as Q4 2012.

After meeting with CCC / Otra board and staff, the Governor, Policy Director Shawn Reese and Communications Director Renny MacKay toured the WTBC building with  Executive Director Jon Benson and COO Christine Langley. 
Otra / Crile Carvey Consulting, Inc. Awarded Phase 00 Grant
Crile Carvey Consulting, Inc. (CCC), a software development company headquartered in Sybille Canyon, WY, with offices at the Wyoming Technology Business Center, Laramie, is applying for Phase II USDA funding to develop software and processes to create a mesh of self-configuring broadband access stations across the rural United States. CCC’s successful Phase I research in 2009 resulted in a software system for optimally locating towers in rural areas with complex topography.

In November, CCC was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative (WSSI). This award is providing funding for the preparation of the Phase II grant.

The company’s team of experts includes Crile Carvey handling software design and IP development, David Aadland, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming working on the mathematics of optimization, and other industry partners assisting with logistical and manufacturing distribution. “Our successful project will help bridge the existing ‘digital divide’ between urban and rural areas,” said Carvey.

According to Carvey, research suggests that in 2011, almost 47 million corporate employees globally will spend at least one day a week ‘teleworking,’ and 112 million will work from home at least one day a month. “This employment trend, along with the advanced data communication demands of emergency responders, and increasing bandwidth requirements from the entertainment sector makes it increasingly urgent to extend reliable wireless IP service to rural America,” said Carvey. CCC’s Phase I research focused on software and hardware requirements to design and build community grids appropriate for local geography and demographic challenges. Phase II research will develop a commercial product under the Otra Technology brand. Otra is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crile Carvey Consulting.

CCC is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner whose primary focus is software research and development. Founded in 1998, CCC has developed software for several Wyoming State agencies and maintains ongoing involvement with numerous Wyoming business development projects, focusing on the design and implementation of database-driven, mobile, and internet-enhanced applications with immersive user experiences.Weboing, the web site division of CCC, has designed and hosts hundreds of editable websites for businesses. Otra Tech is the recently spun-off research and development division of CCC, specializing in decision-support software for optimal siting of wireless towers and wind turbines.

Carvey’s previous SBIR experience includes four Phase 0 awards and two USDA Phase I awards. He has also assisted Wyoming SBIR Phase One recipients Datacorp and Ladd Energy on Phase I projects for NIH and NSF.

Formed as a joint venture between the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming Research Office, WSSI assists Wyoming individuals and small businesses in the preparation of competitive Phase I SBIR/STTR proposals. The federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide over $2 billion each year in Research and Development grants and contracts to qualified small businesses.
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