Crossroads develops Worksite Hawk, a 24/7 job site monitor
CLARKSVILLE, Iowa – The Worksite Hawk is a solar-powered, portable tool that enables contractors to monitor their job sites remotely 24/7. The device is the product of Crossroads Manufacturing, a startup company based in Clarksville.
The Worksite Hawk consists of a camera mounted on an adjustable crane. The camera can pan 360 degrees, tilt and zoom, with controls through a computer, tablet or smart phone. Outside work hours, the device will activate a strobe light if suspicious activity occurs and will send a video via text and email within 30 seconds. The device operates on solar power during the daylight hours and solar-charged batteries at night. Video is stored for 200 days.
Crossroads Manufacturing was granted the company’s second grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) recently. Last year Crossroads received $25,000 to fund efforts to attract investment and to prove market viability of the product. More recently, the IEDA granted the company a $100,000 award from the Demonstration Fund for market planning and entry activities and key personnel.
The Demonstration Fund provides financial and technical assistance to encourage high-technology prototype and concept development activities that have a clear potential to lead to commercially viable products or services within a reasonable period of time.
The fund provides up to $100,000 to encourage commercialization activities by small and medium-sized Iowa companies in the advanced manufacturing, biosciences and information technology industries. The primary purpose of the fund is to help businesses with a high-growth potential reach a position where they are able to attract later-stage, private-sector funding.