Fluidmesh, a very successful Italian start-up, was founded in 2005 by Cosimo and Umberto Malesci, two Italian brothers and MIT graduates, and Andrea Orioli, a graduate of the Polytechnic University of Milan.
Today Fluidmesh is an established manufacturer of powerful wi-fi networking products that are applied to in-house developed communication protocols and are cable of transmitting data and images to and from high-speed means of transport.
The first contracts concerned video-surveillance projects in Boston, but today Fluidmesh’s technology powers communication systems all over the world. Its products are used to connect the 36 vessels of New York Waterway and the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in San Francisco.
Moreover, because its wi-fi works underground, it is also used to communicate in mines in the US, Latin America and South Africa, with the prospect of using remotely controlled robots to replace human miners. In the meantime it is being tested on high-speed trains in Italy.
The greatest satisfaction, so far, for the Italian entrepreneurs has been for their transmission system to be chosen by Cisco Systems, which it preferred to its own.
Since 2011, the majority of Fluidmesh shares are held by two private equity firms based in Chicago, but the heart and the brain of the company remain in Italy, where most of the IT work is still carried out.