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Viziv Technologies Welcomes A New Addition

Former Texas Judge Greg Wilhelm Joins Company’s Board of Managers

WAXAHACHIE, Texas (October 29, 2019) – Viziv Technologies, LLC expands its expertise with the addition of former Texas Trial Court Judge Greg Wilhelm to its Board of Managers. As a member of the Board, Greg will offer legal counsel as the company grows its research and licensing efforts.

 “Greg has served as outside General Counsel for numerous Texas business entities and non-profit organizations. His past experiences, along with his above reproach character, will serve Viziv well and help us reach new heights,” said Chief Executive Officer Craig Farrill.

Greg Wilhelm comes to Viziv Technologies as a former elected County Treasurer of Ellis County, Texas, and Former Presiding Trial Court Judge of the Ellis County Court at Law No. One. He currently serves as the Past-President of the Board of Directors of Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an organization that supports over 70 independent local CASA programs throughout Texas. Greg previously held the titles of Vice-President of the Dallas Chapter of the Christian Legal Society and Chairman of the Texas Governor’s Parental Rights Advisory Panel. Greg is a past member of the Texas Association of Child Protection Judges and the Texas State Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. He has also served as an advisor to The Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.

 “The possibilities are endless with this technology; I’m just lucky to be a part of it. Helping better those in need is a priority close to my heart. What an honor and blessing it is to have the chance to bring light to others and make a global impact,” said Greg.

In addition to his thriving North Texas-based law practice, Judge Wilhelm is an active mediator and public speaker on issues of law and public policy, ethical corporate practices and management, principled statesmanship, prevention of child abuse and neglect, and the battle against human trafficking.

The decision to add Greg to our Board was an easy one. He is highly accomplished with a vision that closely aligns with what we are trying to achieve,” Craig Farrill.

About Viziv Technologies

Viziv Technologies is the culmination of more than four decades of research in the field of Electromagnetic Surface Waves whose mission is the commercialization of the Zenneck surface wave in its many applications. From communications to energy to sensing, Viziv’s technological advances are opening doors to a new era in science and engineering. Behind the company’s success is a world-class team of researchers, engineers and strategic partners endeavoring to take this revolutionary science from laboratory to industry. Their ambition is summed up in the company’s vision statement and motto: Power the planet and bring light to the world.

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Viziv Technologies Names Craig Farrill New CEO

Former global wireless executive tapped to take the company to the next level

WAXAHACHIE, Texas (September 5, 2019) – Viziv Technologies, LLC has announced the appointment of Craig Farrill as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. This appointment follows Viziv’s extensive search for executive leadership to guide the company into the commercial marketplace.

 “Craig’s experience, capability and phenomenal leadership will be key in laying the right foundation moving forward,” said Chairman and outgoing CEO, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Miller, after a unanimous vote to install Mr. Farrill.

Craig Farrill joins Viziv Technologies from the wireless telecom industry where he is an internationally-recognized visionary, technology and business leader, CTO and CEO. Over the past 45 years, Craig has built multiple successful wireless businesses and networks in 40 countries, enabling everything from 1G to the upcoming 5G technology. Most recently, Craig founded and served as President and CEO of Kodiak Networks, Inc., where he led the business from funding and start-up through the first $100M in revenue. Prior to his work with Kodiak Networks, Craig served as CTO for Vodafone AirTouch. During his tenure, the company acquired 12 international AirTouch operations and 49 percent interest in Verizon Wireless, becoming the largest multi-national wireless carrier in the world. Craig has been inducted into the Wireless History Foundation Hall of Fame in recognition of his lifetime leadership, innovation and contribution to the wireless industry.

The compelling benefits of wireless power will transform the availability and delivery of electrical power to people and businesses all over the world. I am excited to lead this team of highly motivated individuals as together we ‘Power the Planet and Bring Light to the World’,” said Craig.

Viziv gratefully recognizes the efforts of former CEO, Michael Miller, under whose leadership the company has grown from infancy in 2013 to become the leader in Zenneck surface wave research. Miller will now dedicate his efforts to the post of Chairman of Viziv’s Board of Managers where he will continue to play a crucial role in guiding the vision of Viziv Technologies.

About Viziv Technologies

Viziv Technologies is the culmination of more than four decades of research in the field of Electromagnetic Surface Waves whose mission is the commercialization of the Zenneck surface wave in its many applications. From communications to energy to sensing, Viziv’s technological advances are opening doors to a new era in science and engineering. Behind the company’s success is a world-class team of researchers, engineers and strategic partners endeavoring to take this revolutionary science from laboratory to industry. Their ambition is summed up in the company’s vision statement and motto: Power the planet and bring light to the world.

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Viziv Technologies Responds to U.S. Department of Transportation Request for Information

Department of Transportation Seeks Backup to GPS

WAXAHACHIE, Texas –  In May 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a Request for Information (RFI) on emerging Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) demonstration capabilities. The DOT RFI follows the National Timing Resilience and Security Act (NTRSA), passed in response to the 2013Presidential Policy Directive on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. This directive designates 16 critical infrastructure (CI) sectors “…whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof”.In an effort to avoid such a critical failure, the NTRSA mandates the establishment of a land-based, reliable and resilient complement to and backup for the timing component of GPS. 

“The current satellite-based GPS system continues to serve the world well, but with the growing sophistication of our nation’s enemies, we can no longer afford to keep all our eggs in that basket,” said Viziv’s VP of Government Affairs Rick May. Viziv Technologies understands the vulnerability of GPS in support of CI and brings the ability to fast track deployment of a backup solution.

More than 20 companies replied to the RFI, representing a variety of PNT-related technologies. Four companies, including Viziv, stood out as players with 100 kHz signaling capabilities, as defined by the requirements in the NTRSA. Viziv currently holds license grants from the FCC at multiple frequencies, including the operating frequency of 100 kHz for timing and positioning demonstrations, and has in operation several ZSW signal transmission systems. The company’s objective would be to showcase the significant technical and economic advantages of its proprietary surface wave technology over traditional Hertzian radiated-wave systems.

ABOUT VIZIV TECHNOLOGIES, LLC

Viziv Technologies is the culmination of more than four decades of research in the field of Electromagnetic Surface Waves whose mission is the commercialization of the Zenneck surface wave in its many applications. From communications to energy to sensing, Viziv’s technological advances are opening doors to a new era in science and engineering. Behind the company’s success is a world-class team of researchers, engineers, and strategic partners endeavoring to take this revolutionary science from laboratory to industry. Their ambition is summed up in the company’s vision statement and motto: Power the planet and bring light to the world.

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Milford ISD partners with local business to give students, teachers school supplies

School supply lists can sometimes leave parents overwhelmed, and teachers are often forced to dig deep into their own pockets.

Many school districts are bridging the gap with back-to-school bashes that provide students with classroom essentials such as notebooks, pencils, pens and erasers.

Milford Independent School District, in partnership with a local organization, held its annual back-to-school rally for the community on July 31, less than two weeks before classes resumed.

“Our families can struggle with providing all the school supplies that are needed for the classroom, especially if there are multiple siblings, and our teachers should not have to go buy supplies with money out of their own pocket to supplement what is not brought to school,” said C. Lynn Dockery, principal of the district’s 200 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. “So this was a win-win for the community and our district.”

Viziv Technologies, based in Waxahachie, provided supplies to the students and their teachers. Dockery said due to the event’s success, with about half of the district’s pupils receiving new supplies, plans were already being made to invite more businesses to participate in next year’s bash.

“We are humbled and so appreciative of [Viziv] for reaching out and assisting us to the magnitude that they did,” Dockery said. “It means so much to us that our students and teachers can begin a school year with no worries.”

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Viziv Technologies, LLC Partners With Baylor University to Develop Potentially Revolutionary Electrical Distribution Technology

Waxahachie, Texas-based Viziv Technologies, LLC, joins five other ventures conducting research in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative

WACO, Texas (August 27, 2018) – Viziv Technologies, LLC, and Baylor University announce a new research partnership aimed at commercializing an entirely new means of delivering electrical energy wirelessly over long distances. Over four decades in development, Viziv’s systems use a phenomenon known as a Zenneck surface wave to propagate electromagnetic waves along the interface of earth and air. Viziv’s ultimate goal is to provide the capability to safely, economically and efficiently deliver electrical power virtually anywhere in the world through the use of surface wave technologies. Parallel research efforts at Viziv include the use of surface waves for -more-

communication, radio navigation, and sensing. Research within the Baylor collaborative will inform each of these applications as commercial development continues. 

The partnership is the first university collaboration for Viziv, an angel-funded startup company with approximately 30 full-time employees spread among its Waxahachie, Milford and BRIC locations. The company foresees doubling its workforce over the next year. 

“History is replete with examples of the power of people and organizations coming together to do what would be impossible individually,” said Viziv CEO and President, Brigadier General (retired) Michael W. Miller. “Viziv Technologies’ young history is a great example of just that—strategic alliances determined to “Power the Planet and Bring Light to the World.” Our collaboration with Baylor University represents the first formal academic alliance for Viziv, and we are excited to officially begin what we expect to be a long and fruitful journey together.” 

Viziv is leasing 3,055-square-feet in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative, a 330,000-square-feet facility providing companies with access to the intersection of the BRIC’s five foundational pillars: fundamental and applied research, industry collaboration, business acceleration and incubation, workforce development and STEM educational outreach and research. 

“As an electrical and computer engineering professor at Baylor, my colleagues and I were among the first to move our research into the BRIC in 2013,” said Viziv Chief Technology Officer, Randall Jean, Ph.D. “It is a world-class facility with an ever-expanding scope and depth of research capabilities. Within the ECE department, the programs in electromagnetics and power systems are among the strongest, making collaboration with Viziv Technologies a perfect fit for addressing a host of exciting challenges.” 

The Viziv technology promises to make energy distribution safer and more reliable. A Zenneck surface wave is unaffected by lightning, geomagnetic disturbances, solar flares or electromagnetic pulses such as those generated by a nuclear blast such that only sending and receiving units will require protection. And unlike the electrical distribution systems that depend on a gridwork that is vulnerable to physical attack, and to cascading failures during peak power usage, wireless electrical delivery is designed to be virtually impervious to these threats. Plus, the field intensities generated are expected to be less than one percent of the current ANSI standards for safety in RF. 

“Viziv fits the paradigm for BRIC collaboration about as well as any I can think of,” said Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor Vice Provost for Research. “Currently about 17 percent of the world’s population have no access to electrical power, and for many more people, availability is spotty and unreliable. This technology has the potential to raise the standard of living for people around the world—who wouldn’t want to be a part of something like that?” 

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY 

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. 

ABOUT VIZIV TECHNOLOGIES, LLC 

Viziv Technologies is the culmination of over four decades of research in the field of Electromagnetic Surface Waves. They have assembled an experienced team from academia, industry, and government to take this revolutionary science from laboratory to industry. These men and women have joined together under one calling… POWER THE PLANET AND BRING LIGHT TO THE WORLD 

Viziv’s mission is the commercialization of the Zenneck surface wave in all of its various product applications. From communications to energy to sensing, Viziv’s technological advances are opening doors to a new era in science and engineering. 

ABOUT THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PROVOST FOR RESEARCH 

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) assists faculty members from all academic units in identifying, obtaining and managing the funding needed to support their research and scholarship. Internal ‘seed’ funding, matching grant proposal funding, searchable online funding databases, grant writing seminars, proposal support and travel awards to national funding agencies are only a portion of what is provided by the various units comprising the OVPR. Additionally, the Vice Provost for Research oversees the ethical conduct of research and assists researchers in maintaining compliance with applicable policies, laws, and regulations as well as providing support in establishing interdisciplinary / international collaborations and industry partnerships. 

The OVPR acts as Baylor’s representative in pursuing partnerships and collaborative agreements with entities outside the university. The office negotiates sponsored research agreements with industry on behalf of faculty and pursues research, technology transfer, and the commercialization of technology. The OVPR welcomes the opportunity to discuss collaborative research and scholarship pursuits that can advance the academic mission of Baylor University to achieve R1/T1 status. 

The OVPR also manages and operates the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), a three-story, 330,000-square-foot facility focused on interdisciplinary/international research, industry/university collaborations, business incubation/acceleration/commercialization, advanced workforce training, and STEM educational research and outreach. 

For more information, please visit: www.baylor.edu/research or www.baylor.edu/bric 

About Viziv Technologies, LLC

Enabling the adoption of surface wave products and services in a safe, environmentally conscious and reliable manner, improving living conditions across the globe.

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