Triumph from Tragedy In memory of Undulata's Nuts and Bolts (2005-2013)

NIGHTWATCH® isn’t the brainchild of boardroom executives.
NIGHTWATCH® is a labor of love.

In 2013 Jeffrey Schab (Founder & CEO of Protequus®) and Wade Giles lost their beloved horse, Snoop, to a rare colic event overnight. Snoop lived just a short 8 years and died alone in his stall because no one knew he was in trouble.

Following Snoop’s death, Jeffrey was driven to make a difference, and assembled a team of passionate science and technology professionals to find a solution that could combat the devastating impact of equine colic. Today, that solution is an early-warning system known as NIGHTWATCH®. As an accomplished equestrian and biomedical engineer with 15+ years in human health, Jeffrey is pioneering a path that bridges his professional expertise with his personal passion.

Snoop remains a powerful inspiration and motivation for Jeffrey and Wade. It is in his memory that NIGHTWATCH® exists to provide critical first alerts for early intervention, ultimately to help save horses' lives.

The Road to Revolution.

August 2013: The Passing of Snoop

On August 25, 2013, Jeffrey Schab and Wade Giles' beloved horse, Snoop, passes away from an epiploic foramen entrapment, a rare form of colic. Driven to not let Snoop's passing be without reason, Jeffrey embarks on what becomes a 5-year journey to invent an early warning system for equine colic and other forms of distress.

November 2013: Protequus® Established

After 2.5 months of primary and secondary research, Jeffrey establishes Protequus LLC as a legal entity to make his vision for an equine distress & wellness monitor a reality. Protequus (pronounced as pro-tech-kwis) is formed from the word "protection" and the Latin word for horse, "equus."

February 2014: Patent Filed

Protequus files the first in a series of provisional and utility patents with the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on February 24, 2014 for a SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOBILE ANIMAL SURVEILLANCE AND DISTRESS MONITORING.

May 2014: RIT Research Agreement

Protequus enters into a research agreement with Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) for classification and modeling of distress in horses using sensor data.

June 2014: Alpha Prototype

Protequus engineers place a first-generation mobile adaptive sensor system (alpha-prototype) on horses in NY and LA to acquire real-time behavior data using a 9-axis IMU and successfully demonstrate proof-of-principal for novel event detection.

April 2017: 1st Patent Issued

The USPTO approves and issues a utility patent (No. 9,629,340) for MOBILE ANIMAL SURVEILLANCE AND DISTRESS MONITORING, which is just a short ~3 years from first filing. This patent confirms the novel, useful, and non-obvious nature of NIGHTWATCH®.

September 2017: Regulatory Approval

NIGHTWATCH® is determined to be safe and complies with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of FCC rules, and further complies with IC license-exempt RSS standards, PTCRB/CTIA certifcation standards, and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 60950 product safety standards.

February 2018: 2nd Patent Issued

The USPTO approves and issues a second utility patent (No. 9,894,885) as a continuation of patent (No. 9,629,340) for detecting one or more biometric parameters in animals using UWB-IR.

April 2018: Beta Launch (US & Canada)

NIGHTWATCH® becomes available to a select number of customers to begin rigorous real-world beta testing.

December 2018: 3rd Patent Issued

The USPTO approves and issues a third utility patent (No. 10,154,655) as a continuation in part of patent (No. 9,629,340) to predict the onset of parturition in animals using UWB-IR.

March 2019: Launch (US & Canada)

NIGHTWATCH® becomes fully available for purchase to customers with horses domiciled in the US and Canada.

Protequus® is dedicated to the ideation, creation, and commercialization of value-add solutions for the protection of horses.
Our journey has just begun with NIGHTWATCH®. Follow us as we make this revolutionary device available to
horses across the globe and introduce new solutions for other ailments afflicting our equine companions.