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Bridging Innovation and Industry
University of Central Florida
There are two sides to technology: ideation and implementation. Eliminating the hurdles between bold ideas and real-world solutions just became a lot easier thanks to BRIDG — Bridging the Innovation Development Gap — and the opening of the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center at NeoCity, located in Kissimmee, Florida.
BRIDG, a consortium led by the University of Central Florida, Osceola County and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, offers partners and others the opportunity to share equipment and conduct research needed to profitably access the nextgeneration sensor economy — an area where UCF is positioned to lead Florida and the nation.
By providing commercialization infrastructure in tandem with IP protection and pilot production, UCF and its partners are helping close the gap between groundbreaking research and cost-effective manufacturing.
Sensor Technologies BRIDG’s main focus is fostering the development of smart sensors, which, thanks to cellphones, are part of everyday life. Smart sensors are in the GPS technology that helps you reach your destination. They’re part of the reason you’re able to take the perfect low-light photo in a snap, and they’re in countless other high-tech devices. As demand for devices connected to smart sensors continues to increase, so does the need for smaller, faster, more affordable sensors. The sensor-driven economy is estimated at $19 trillion today, and is expected to grow to $32.5 trillion by 2025 as smart sensors are built into cars, buildings, appliances, medical equipment and more.
Pristine Labs Operated by BRIDG, the 109,000- square-foot research and development facility is remarkable for the stateof- the-art tools and technology it includes — and the air pollutants it excludes. Extraordinarily advanced HVAC and exhaust systems ensure that dust, considered a “sensor killer,” is virtually nonexistent in the air of the research and manufacturing facilities.
On average, a cubic foot of air contains about 35 million particles of potential pollutants. BRIDG-supported labs, which feature a nearly class 100 cleanroom and class 10,000 cleanroom, reduce potential pollutants to less than 1,000 particles per cubic foot.
Global Partnerships BRIDG’s partners now range from a leading international hub in nanoelectronics and digital technology to a homegrown photonics and smart sensor developer. Other major partners include Harris Corporation, Tupperware Brands, Argonne National Laboratories, Kissimmee-based Photon-X, Florida International University, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida.
Impressive Advancements If all of this sounds like a big deal — it is. BRIDG’s new home is one of the most advanced manufacturing research facilities in the Western Hemisphere. And thanks to partnerships forged by BRIDG, we are powering tomorrow’s breakthroughs today — right here in Central Florida. To learn more, visit GoBRIDG.com.