Vic Merjanian, ESQ.
Founder & CEO
Tell us about Vic?
I was born in Switzerland over in Geneva, grew up in Newport Beach, went down to San Diego to attend UCSD for undergrad, law school, and then worked for a law firm down there. Then I returned to Orange County and started the firm Kalfayan Merjanian.
Where did the idea for Titan HST come from?
I experienced several instances while in undergrad where there was a need for emergency communication of some kind. All of this pre-dated the smart phones…we were still in the days of flip phones. I had people who were close to me who attempted suicide and I found them, to someone I was dating who I would digitally walk home because of central sexual assault issues from where they lived down, and I had family members and friends who were in car accidents trying to find 911. So, there’s a storyline that you’re surrounded by people… you’re in a sea of people and yet you don’t know who can help you. The goal of Titan is to connect that sea of people, or the right person in that sea of people, with the person that needs help. It’s kind of like we’re the eHarmony of people in need of emergency communication.
So where did the dream take you?
The dream is actually two-fold. What can we do to create more innovation today…how can we push the envelope further, and faster, how do we streamline, what technology can we add? This is what drove us. While other systems are a one-way push notification, we said let’s do two-way. Then we said why don’t we find where people are? Why can’t we see through the buildings, how about smoke, fire, natural disasters and earthquakes. Hence augmented reality. Then we thought about it, a lot of emergencies are large scale; some examples are sports venues, people go to concerts, to schools, shopping malls, wherever, on just on a normal, busy day. However, because of the crowds, sometimes during these times you can barely get a text message through, so we built this amazing system. Then we asked, how do I connect people even when the networks don’t work? We came out with mesh-networking where we’re able to connect device-to-device even when there’s no network connectivity, or the networks are down or overloaded, which is very common in all sorts of emergencies. And then we said, mesh networking is great, how do we make this even better, how do we get more data through there, how do we go further and how do we go faster? So, then we added dual channel mesh networking…and that’s what we’re doing today.
Talk about the uniqueness of Titan.
We have about a dozen patents on the technology we’ve invented because every invention that has been made, envisioned and executed is a use scenario where someone needed help.
And, because they got help, someone did not get sexually assaulted, someone did not OD, someone did not die, someone did not drown, all because of what we thought of and built. And that’s what drives us every day.
At the end of the day, what still drives you?
The situation when you look at it is why can’t we cut off things before they happen? The way to do that is to have better directed communication of information. And, if and when something does go wrong, how can we minimize it. What we can do is take what could be a catastrophic emergency situation and stop it at an inconvenience. And that not only saves lives, it mitigates property damage, it creates a scenario where the worst outcome contained. So, I see that when you have Titan by your side, I see it as a piece of empowerment.
Stay tuned for next month’s Faces of Titan as we get better acquainted with Ryan Khalili, VP of Software Technologies.