Scepter Inc. Event Briefing

Event in Brief

On March 22, 2018, Scepter Inc. held an invitation only salon event. The event was co-hosted by SSL, a Maxar Technologies Company, at one of SSL’s secure facilities in Palo Alto, California. The gathering brought together thought leaders in technology, government, infrastructure, and finance to discuss challenges and opportunities in atmospheric monitoring and how Scepter is addressing these challenges to create the next evolution of earth observation services. The event program covered four main topics:

1.Challenges and Opportunities

Scepter, government, NGO, and commercial leaders defined the current environmental problems and commercial opportunities stemming from global air pollution. Scepter and the expert panel also discussed some of the transformations taking place that are creating and accelerating the market for next generation atmospheric data and services.

2.The Scepter Solution

A series of presentations by Scepter and guest speakers covered Scepter’s service strategy and technology approach for integrating the vertical air column (see Figure 1, above right); delivering better geospatial resolution, more predictable data, and more actionable services; and, minimizing risk through Scepter’s eco-system approach.

3.Executing the Scepter Vision

In this concluding portion of the program, Scepter’s CEO shared how the company is executing on the vision, including Scepter’s leadership team, patents, partnerships, and customers, for transforming the atmospheric monitoring market while delivering emerging market returns and minimizing risk. The presentation was followed by a leadership panel discussing their perspectives on and support of the Scepter opportunity.

Event speakers included:

  • Philip Father, CEO, Scepter Incorporated
  • Dr. Matteo Genna, CTO, SSL, a Maxar Technologies Company
  • Eric Stevenson, Bay Area AQMD (BAAQMD)
  • Duncan Davidson, Bullpen Capital
  • James Montgomery, March Capital Partners
  • Bradley Rotter, Rivetz Corporation
  • Rafay Khan, CEO, Geo22 LLC (Former Digital Globe Executive)
  • Daniel Hall, Scepter Incorporated
  • Negar Feher, SSL, a Maxar Technologies Company
  • Dan Smith, Radiant Solutions, a Maxar Technologies Company
  • Nena Shaw, Smart Sectors, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • William Sonntag, Group on Earth Observations (GEO)

1. Challenges & Opportunities

After establishing a common understanding of the gravity of both the environmental and human costs of global air pollution as well as the commercial opportunities, the event’s first panel explained how today’s governmental, NGO, and commercial efforts attempt to address the challenge.

Presenters included:

  • Daniel Hall, Scepter Incorporated
  • Jon Jacobs, Scepter Incorporated
  • Eric Stevenson, BAAQMD
  • Rafay Khan, Geo22 LLC (former Digital Globe executive)
  • William Sonntag, GEO
  • Nena Shaw, EPA

Discussions confirmed that current efforts are inadequate and often hampered by budgetary and policy shifts. Speakers also identified regulatory and market driven transformations that are accelerating the demand for more accurate, predictable, and actionable atmospheric data and services.

Key Takeaways:

  • Pollution and it’s impact on world heath and climate change represent today’s single largest environmental challenge.
  • Atmospheric pollution must be measured and monitored globally and with far greater spatial resolution to eliminate sources, protect human health, and combat climate change.
  • Multi-million dollar decisions are made annually off data models based on insufficient data – capital allocation will be far more efficient with accurate global atmospheric data.
  • Government and science approaches alone will not meet the requirements for solving the global crisis.
  • Government agencies, like the BAAQMD, have worked for decades to acquire, analyze and utilize pollution data using limited data sets. According to Eric Stevenson of the BAAQMD, Scepter will provide a solution that is long overdue.
  • Scepter’s commercial approach can deliver customer focused solutions and environmental results, while mitigating the current mission risks associated with changing governmental budgets and policies.

2. The Scepter Solution

Daniel Hall presented Scepter’s roadmap for delivering accurate, predictable, and actionable atmospheric services for a $20B plus monitoring market. The Scepter solution was followed by presentations from technology experts and ecosystem partners.

  • Gary Start, Scepter Incorporated
  • Bradley Rotter, Rivetz Corporation
  • Negar Feher, SSL, a Maxar Technologies Company
  • Dan Smith, Radiant Solutions, a Maxar Technologies Company

Scepter’s best of breed partners with commercial capabilities in small sat, big data, sensors, and block chain technology, presented some of their current products and technologies for executing the mission.

Key Takeaways:

  • Three macro markets exist within atmospheric monitoring: Government and industrial compliance, commercial, and climate.
  • Scepter is a low-risk, high-tech mission which is de-risked further through the combination of an eco-system approach, best-ofbreed partners, and market leading customers.
  • Shared, trusted, and immutable features, addressed by blockchain, will alleviate the issues with “dodgy data.”
  • Technology panelists confirmed that the capabilities and trends in smallsats, launch vehicles, sensors, data fusion, and analytics are in place to deliver a timely, cost-effective Scepter constellation and data center platform.

3. Executing the Vision

The program concluded with a final presentation from Scepter’s CEO, Philip Father, and a leadership panel of technology, venture capital, and government experts moderated by Duncan Davidson of Bullpen Capital. The panel discussed the breadth of the Scepter business opportunity across government and commercial markets, the benefits of a commercial approach, how their companies are stepping up, and Scepter’s near term capital requirements.

Key Takeaways:

  • SSL’s CTO, Dr. Matteo Genna, compared the timing of the Scepter mission to the late 1970’s when Apple and Microsoft brought computers out of the government realm and into commercial and consumer markets. In Dr. Genna’s view, the technology is available and timing is right for the same transformation in atmospheric monitoring and other space missions.
  • “We are in the process of signing a memorandum of understanding,” said Eric Stevenson, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Director of Meteorology and Measurement. “If Scepter brings this to market, we will pay for it.”
  • “The move of our patent from pending to allowed continues to validate Scepter’s unique approach to global atmospheric monitoring,” confirmed Philip Father, Scepter CEO (refer to special announcement below).

“Scepter is transforming the monitoring of pollution with a constellation of small-sats integrated with ground infrastructure. Finally, a small sat constellation that delivers invaluable data to the world,” explained Rafay Khan, former INRIX Chief Revenue Officer and Digital Globe Senior Vice President and General Manager

Special Announcement

Scepter’s key patent has been allowed by the USPTO and will soon be issued. Scepter’s allowed patent for atmospheric monitoring broadly covers the core concepts underlying the network-based system and associated methods as generally depicted below.

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