“In its first year of operation, the site reached the top 10 for any relevant search engine queries, received more than 6 million page views per month, and generated feedback from students all over the country,” says Keenan. Today, the site offers resources for 15 high school subjects, and Keenan says it has achieved successful “brand recognition” leading to more than $65,000 in advertising revenue.
Fellow graduate DiNovo, meanwhile, developed SmartBadge, a next-generation law enforcement badge that incorporates the bulky safety features that officers typically carry on their bodies and in their cars into a high-tech wearable network. The patent-pending device combines a camera, a global positioning system, a Bluetooth chip, and a police radio into a single unit. Coupled with facial recognition technology and a software interface that allows officers to scan driver’s licenses, the device is capable of facilitating an instant exchange of imagery and information between police officers and law enforcement databases.
“The closest products to our device are scanners and computers designed specifically for patrol cars, but they aren’t accessible to officers on foot or on bike,” says DiNovo. “The SmartBadge places everything officers need to do their job as safely and securely as possible directly on their bodies.”
DiNovo and business partner Louis Martinelliwho also graduated this year with a dual major in design, innovation, and society and mechanical engineeringare currently working with the Albany, N.Y., police department to optimize communication between SmartBadge and existing police station dispatcher systems. DiNovo envisions a range of additional applications, including firefighters, emergency medical service providers, and airport security officials.