In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, has taken an interest in wireless sensor networks with an investment in a Denver area start-up called Tendril Networks. Tendril makes software development tools for , an emerging area of wireless computing aimed at detecting changes in light, temperature, moisture, motion and other environmental conditions.
The U.S. government is interested in the technology as a tool for monitoring air and water quality for pollutants and to detect bioterrorist attacks, according to a Tendril representative. In addition to an investment in Tendril, In-Q-Tel has agreed to license the company's software. Tendril did not disclose the financial terms of either agreement.