2019: A Year in Review
As this year comes to an end, the NIGHTWATCH team is excited to see what 2020 will bring. But before we can take a step forward, we want to reflect on all of 2019's accomplishments. This past year, we celebrated our 6th anniversary since inception. Across these six years, our engineers have worked diligently to earn 4 patents in the US and beyond, with more pending. It is at the core of our culture to always be on the cutting edge of change and further improve our technology so we can best serve these animals.
As our first full year of commercialization, the team was focused on outcomes. This focus, after a full year of beta testing, allowed us the opportunity to be actively monitoring 3,192,820 metrics today - a number we can't wait to triple! With devices in the hands of top-tier equestrian facilities and riders from English to Western disciplines, we enjoyed the feedback of a great diversity of equestrians. Earlier in 2019, we had the privilege of alerting many breeders to their foal's birth and in early 2020 we have a robust data validation plan to further develop our foaling alerts. Our team was also honored to be invited to discuss the impact of this technology on an international stage at the International Equitation Science Conference.
This year's progress was undoubtedly a team effort. Over 150 equine veterinarians enrolled as NIGHTWATCH Ambassadors because they believed in the value of this technology and they want to spread the word amongst their clientele. We were fortunate to work alongside a small team of over 20 horsemen and women on the cutting edge of horsemanship with significant influence in the industry. Along with these individuals, we formed alliances with 2 academic research centers and 2 veterinary clinics for further research on animal behavior and biometric validation. We also formed a partnership with the wonderful team at the PonyApp who are using technology to make equestrian lives easier.
When we look to the year ahead, we are ready to dive into more research opportunities in sleep deprivation and the Equine Distress Index® (EDI®). In early 2020, we will launch to veterinarians for in-clinic use and referral, for use on high-risk and injured horses and pregnant mares. Additionally at the start of the year, we will release a new software model which allows one device to be used on multiple horses, a new activity index, a fresh iOS and Android app, and a refined EDI® scoring model.
It has been and will continue to be a great journey and we are so thankful to have your support along the way. Here's to 2020 - may it be the best year yet!