$71 Million Dollar IoT Investment in Central Florida
With a target opening date of March 2017, the ground has been broken and a 100,000+ sq. ft. building is emerging near Kissimmee in Osceola County. In Osceola’s FARM (a research park for advanced manufacturing technologies), the newly-formed ICAMR (International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research) is being built. This facility will be a one-stop-shop for development and integration of advanced devices and materials, specifically aimed at creating smart sensors for pervasive computing, or “Internet-of-Everything” as they tout on their website.
“There will be a substantial unlocking of GDP for businesses and industries that don’t even exist today…we want to position Central Florida and Florida on the worldwide stage in that.”
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the director of business development at the ICAMR, Fran Korosec, has said “There will be a substantial unlocking of GDP for businesses and industries that don’t even exist today…we want to position Central Florida and Florida on the worldwide stage in that.”
Industries ICAMR plans to target include Aerospace & National Defense, which makes sense considering that Harris was an early partner. Also included are the Biomedical, Agriculture, Environmental, and Energy industries. Included at the facility will be clean rooms and fabs dedicated to creating advanced sensors.
The team behind ICAMR include many with ties to colleges, defense contractors, tech and manufacturing companies, and area economic improvement organizations. For example ICAMR CEO, Chester Kennedy, has ties to both Lockheed Martin and UCF.