Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Matthew Tolentino – Revolutionizing How People Visualize Safety for the Fire Department


        Our guest speaker for this week was Matthew Tolentino, a man who is certainly passionate about computers and technology. Delving into his experience, you see that he considers computer hardware to be his specialized field. Furthermore, his interest in the Internet of Things (IOT) has him working with the Fire Department that uses this technology to preserve the safety of our firemen. He’s also a professor at the University of Washington Tacoma and to see someone make it out there in the business world of developing a technology company based on IOT is pretty substantial and inspiring.
        Last year in my TCSS 360 Software Development class, a group working under Matthew Tolentino presented a project in which the utilized a small piece of beacon that was wearable in the firemen’s gear. The sensor would give off its location and using a 3D gaming platform UNITY, you were able to see in real time the positioning and status (heat sensor) of these firemen. To see the software interact with the firemen in the augmented reality was pretty awesome. So, you can tell that it was an absolute treat to have him speak for our entrepreneur class.
         The fact that he continually looks to improve his products shows his passion for technology and its public action for good. His startup company, NAMATAD (spelling?) is an inspiration as he looks to leverage the trends of technology to really revolutionize how we look at people looking after our safety. It was assuring to hear that his patents are pending for specific tech he was speaking about in class. Hopefully in the coming months, his company comes to fruition as this is something quite extraordinary and has the potential to take off.

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