3e Technologies International (formerly known as AEPTEC)

Zoltan Acs

University of Baltimore

FIRM OVERVIEW

3e Technologies International (3eTI), formerly known as AEPTEC, specializes in secure wireless network applications and wireless condition-based maintenance solutions. Condition-based maintenance refers to the use of advanced technologies to determine equipment condition, and potentially predict failure. The company’s main service is providing wireless infrastructure and specialized applications of wireless technologies.

Steven Chen founded 3eTI in 1996. Chen originally sought to develop hard disk drives, but shifted the company’s focus to secure wireless technology and condition-based maintenance because of product development opportunities made available through the SBIR program.

As a more flexible small business, 3eTI is able to economically customize solutions for the government market, gaining an advantage over larger companies that are focused primarily on mass market products. 3eTI specializes in customized, high-tech total solutions designed to meet a customer’s specification, while still destined for a future in applications for the commercial market. For example, the company’s wireless access point products (devices that connect computing platforms together to form a wireless network) compete with products from vendors such as Cisco and Motorola. 3eTI’s customized solutions capabilities were demonstrated in a prior contract, where the company developed a robust one-box wireless sensor networking product, which compares to four-box solutions from competitors such as Cisco.

3eTI/AEPTEC was named the 5th fastest growing company in the Washington, DC metropolitan area in 2003. The company has also received the Navy SBIR Success Story Award, the Tibbetts award in 2002, and was #62 on the list of top Department of Defense contractors in 2003.

THE ROLE OF SBIR

3eTI has been the recipient of 28 Phase I and 10 Phase II awards. Approximately eight percent of the company’s revenue comes from SBIR Phase I and II awards.

The SBIR awards have been integral to the firm’s current position. They allowed the company to keep its technology fresh and on the leading edge, which



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