Inspector with customer and IRHomeSafe's cutting-edge infrared, acoustic and pattern recognition technologies were initially developed by HomeSafe co-owner Peng Lee as part of a USDA-funded project at the University of Mississippi's National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA). In the 1990s, Lee, then a NCPA research scientist, developed a powerful listening (acoustic) device (patent pending) to detect the unique sounds made by certain crop pests, such as the Caribbean fruit fly and the pink boll worm. Appointed to serve on the USDA's "Project Full Stop," a nationwide campaign to reduce America's population of Formosan termites, Lee modified his invention to detect termite sounds.

Inspector with acoustic sensors Lee later combined the acoustic technology with specially customized infrared technology, enabling inspectors to 1) detect the telltale moisture of a termite colony behind walls with infrared and; 2) confirm the termite infestation by acoustic detection and specialized pattern recognition software that recognizes only termite sounds.

HomeSafe Inspection, Inc. has since refined and customized these technologies specifically for the home and termite inspection industries. The technologies empower HomeSafe inspectors to perform advanced, state-of-the-art inspections that go far beyond the traditional inspection offered by other companies.

HomeSafe owns six patents - and has three additional patents currently being reviewed by the U.S. Patent Office - covering infrared and/or acoustic technologies used in residential inspections.  These patents encompass home energy inspections and energy audits, indoor air quality, termite detection, home inspections and, in some cases, commercial building inspections. Under federal law, only HomeSafe Inspection and its licensed SIRI-certified inspectors may legally use these patented methods to locate many major thermal anomalies in a home, including, but not limited to, indoor air quality and energy issues, water intrusion problems and electrical wiring hazards.

This means that anyone using these patented techniques in a residential inspection must be licensed by HomeSafe.

Residential inspectors using infrared technology are advised to consult an intellectual property attorney to determine if they are infringing on HomeSafe's patents.

To learn more about HomeSafe's Acoustic Technology, click here.

To learn more about HomeSafe's Infrared Technology, click here.

To learn more about HomeSafe's Pattern Recognition Software, click here.

To learn more about HomeSafe's Home Inspection and Advanced Technology Training Programs, click here.

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