Dayton, OH July 18, 2011 -- The University of Dayton Ladar and Optical Communications Institute is sustaining the goals of the Ohio Third Frontier program and the Ohio Aerospace Hub. LOCI announced today the signing of agreements with three companies that will create high-tech jobs in Ohio. Optonicus and Defense Engineering Corp. (DEC), both Dayton-based, and Utopia Compression of California will move operations into the institute located in the College Park Center.

"These companies are producing jobs in Ohio," institute director Joe Haus said. "The more people we can move here, the more people we have to work on these problems."

Optonicus is building intelligent optical systems used, among other applications, to improve image resolution and data transfer by unmanned aerial systems. "These projects could be particularly beneficial to the Ohio Aerospace Hub," Haus said. Commercialization of advanced Sensor Technology (IDCAST) has created 289 new jobs, created five startup companies in Ohio and attracted five additional sensors companies to the state. The estimated impact for the state of Ohio is $140 million.