Smart Sensors: Osceola Advanced Manufacturing Research Center

Smart Sensors: Osceola Advanced Manufacturing Research Center


(upbeat music) – [Brandon] Over the next eight years, 1.3 million jobs will be created in the high-tech sector. – The whole area of intelligent
sensors is just going to be an area of explosive growth. The international market is measured in billions now, but it’s
estimated to rise to trillions in the years ahead. – [Brandon] Sensor technology
is the little sensors that you have in all of
your electronic devices. There’s sensors in your cell phone, and those sensors communicate
between each other, and also aid communication
between other devices as well. – Sensors can have much
more than seven senses. It’s some sort of device that can detect a particular chemical, temperature, pressure, blood sugar. The smart ones will communicate to you and to other machines. – In the future, we are creating devices, and the internet of things will
be our devices communicating amongst themselves. – Orlando and Florida for many reasons kinda missed out on the first big round of manufacturing growth and development. And the next generation of manufacturing won’t be heavy industry manufacturing, but it’ll be advanced manufacturing. Much of the product that’ll
come out of these industries will be shipped in the
belly of an airplane. – The U.S. does wonderful
things with new inventions, new discoveries, and so forth, but they seem to be
manufactured somewhere else. We cannot compete in manufacturing by polluting our air
more or working cheaper. What we can do is work smarter. – [Rick] In simple terms,
it’s the development of an advanced manufacturing
research center that will serve as a magnet to attract and grow advanced manufacturing smart
sensor developments over time. – [Brandon] And we wanna try
and position Central Florida and the State of Florida to capitalize on those opportunities. (upbeat music) – [Harvey] Austin, Texas is a technology mecca. – [Dave] From the ’80s
on, from the 1980s on, really worked in consistent and collaborative ways to develop their IT industry. And they put the kinds of resources into developing the talent
pool to support that. It paid huge dividends,
with billions of dollars in capital investment and
very high quality jobs, and highly educated people
moving to the region to the point that they’re now considered one of the tech hot spots. – Once Sematech was
established here as a hub for semiconductor industry
development and innovation, a lot of the supply chain moved here. The products we build for our customers are sensors for security and defense, novel medical devices, and DNA sequencing, genomic sequencing devices for life sciences. – There’s a lot of unique
opportunities for women in this industry because
there aren’t very many. There’s a lot of educational opportunities and benefits here because
of the high-tech industry that has been well-ingrained into Austin. – The economic impact on Austin is in the billions. Every major technology company in the world has got something. If they’re not manufacturing, they’re distributing, or whatever. – [Man] It was a
public-private partnership that provided some infrastructure and a close coupling with their university to change the economy of that region. – [Dave] I think it’s a
relatively healthy city. It has a lot of parks and
environment for recreation. As the city’s grown up,
it’s one of the best venues for live music, and so that’s attractive to young engineers. There’s been a lot of
investment in the city for performing arts and fine arts, and that’s just been a
great quality of life, and it’s continued to improve
over the past 20 years. One of the slogans here
is Keep Austin Weird, and that’s kind of that
’60s, ’70s element, but it’s really evolved into
quite a metropolitan city. – Their economy expanded
at such a rapid pace. We visited Austin and saw what
happened and how it happened. It’s really an amazing story. (upbeat music) – [Rick] All of the
areas that are gonna be very important, new area of manufacturing, are things that our faculty members are really good at already. Optics and photonics, nanotechnology. – [Brandon] The Florida
Advanced Manufacturing Research Center will
be located on East 192 about two miles west of
Exit 244 of the turnpike. – [Man] It’s about
building the most advanced manufacturing development
lab/fabrication facility potentially in the world,
out in Osceola County outside of Kissimmee, not far from I-4 and close to our airport. – Which is going to serve as the bridge that will allow us to
cross this valley of death, we call it, between the
academic researchers within universities,
and industrial partners which will be making high-tech devices for the commercial market. What we’re trying to do in this lab is to try to make a single laser device that can produce hundreds
or thousands of colors from a single device. This way, we’d be able to
increase the information carrying capacity through
a fiber optic connection. The technology is at the point where we’re able to
demonstrate very, very unique functionality and capabilities within the research environment. But universities are
really not in the position to do mass manufacturing. – Right now we have some
significant regional partnerships with the High Tech Corridor, with the universities across the state, of course with Osceola. – [Don] We needed to
do something to change the economic condition of Osceola County. – [Brandon] We’ve been an agrarian and tourism-based industry. We can begin to shift that dynamic and try and move ourselves
away from a bedroom community to a community that has
a complete lifestyle. – And it goes back to the 20,000 high paying jobs, technical jobs, and the 80,000 indirect jobs. – [Man] Not all of them
will be for Masters and Doctoral level people. That’s one of the great
things about manufacturing is it covers a breadth of talent levels, degree levels, and it
offers really great jobs. – [Brandon] Impact of that,
in terms of employment as large as Disney World, and is on par with what
Medical City has done so far, what Medical City will be. – It works to stimulate
robust economic development. And if we can do that here,
and I believe that we can, all we need is the funding. We’ve got an opportunity to
have another Austin miracle, if you will, but in Orlando, Florida.

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