In 2011, a 200-mile-per-hour tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri, leveling schools and homes, killing 158 people and injuring another 1,150. Ben Stagg’s father barely avoided being among the casualties; he just happened to hear a warning from the National Weather Service as he passed by his barn radio.
A smarter warning system
National Weather Service alerts, while well-intentioned, can be ineffective unless people are already listening to the radio, watching TV or looking at their laptop, tablet or smartphone. To help every family stay safe in the face of disaster, Stagg—now Chief Executive Officer of Halo Smart Labs—set out to create a smarter, more comprehensive and more effective warning system.
Stagg wanted to do more than simply upgrade the traditional smoke detector; he wanted to more effectively alert people when a natural disaster was headed their way. The Halo smart alarm he built sounds only when threats of fire, carbon monoxide or weather disasters are real; the device’s smart-sensor logic can discern between a burnt piece of toast and a life-threatening fire. Consumers can also customize their Halo alarms based on the most likely dangers where they live; hurricane warnings for Miami, or wildfire information for California, for example.
To make his life-saving idea a reality, Stagg turned to the global crowdfunding site Indiegogo. He quickly raised $75,000 from Indiegogo backers, but Stagg’s path to production proved challenging. He needed help turning his great idea into an actual product on a shelf, so Stagg and his team turned to the experts at Arrow Electronics.
Arrow helped Halo get its innovative technology product to market with:
Design Support & Components Selection
Arrow has supported Stagg and Halo Smart Labs since they were in the concept phase. Several dedicated Arrow field application engineers supplemented the startup’s small contract engineering team for design advice and sourcing cost-effective, state-of-the-art components. Additionally, Arrow introduced Stagg to the Wi-Fi technology that eventually made its way into Halo’s smart alarms at an Arrow-sponsored technical seminar.
Arrow field application engineers collaborated with Halo on several prototype iterations. Arrow employs thousands of professional design and electrical engineers around the world who support Arrow customers, like Halo, on every step of their design and production journey.
Arrow initially assisted Halo with small-batch manufacturing runs for its prototypes. Today, Arrow sources and supplies around 85 percent of the electronic components used in Halo’s first commercial-ready alarms, which are scheduled to start arriving on store shelves in late 2016.
Supply Chain Management
Arrow is working with Halo Smart Labs on a customized kitting program for all of its ordering, shipping and procurement. Having Arrow handle its complicated logistics processes frees up Stagg and his staff to focus on growing their business and developing new technologies.