Asha and Vishal Wadher live in Gilbert and Chandler respectively, but the sister-brother team consider themselves citizens of the world.
They are also the owner and chief technical officer of Atmosphere Solutions, a new information technology firm at the Tempe Baseline Business Park, 600 E. Baseline Road.
The logo for Atmosphere Solutions, appropriately, includes a globe.
“We’ve traveled throughout the world, and our goal is to expand globally,” said Asha, 32, founder and owner of the startup company.
“We already have another office in New Delhi, India,” said Vishal, 28, the company’s CTO. “And we’re preparing to expand in Arizona, nationally and globally.”
So far, they have seven employees in India and four in Tempe.
They plan to hire more employees and open a larger office in the East Valley.
Besides being fluent in English, the siblings speak Hindi, Gujarati and Arabic.
Asha, who was born in Rajkot Gujarat, India, the home state of Mahatma Gandhi, and her brother, a native of Oman, moved to Arizona primarily to get an education.
Asha earned degrees in business and history and recreation at Arizona State University, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1999.
Vishal attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff for two years, then transferred to ASU where he earned his degree in Supply Chain Management.
He also developed computer programs that are used today by students at ASU’s dorms.
Asha, before starting Atmosphere Solutions in 2005, worked at the front desk of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Phoenix.
Her experience in the hospitality industry coupled with her brother’s technical skills blended when they opened their IT company two years ago and continues today as they prepare to expand.
“We owe our success to our parents,” Asha said. “My father was born in Sudan, Africa, amidst poverty. He struggled to not only survive, but to improve his life. He stressed that his children should get an education.”
Their father, Anilkumar, a successful business entrepreneur, and their mother, Shobha, live in Oman, a small country 30 miles south of Iran overlooking the Gulf of Oman and Arabian Sea.
Despite the surrounding conflicts in the Middle East, Oman is a relatively peaceful place that attracts many tourists.They have an older sister, Sunita Juma, an accountant who lives with her husband in London.
Atmosphere Solutions provides a variety of technical services for both commercial and individuals, including developing hardware and software for clients’ specific needs, technical support and, the latest product, a “Puppy Cam.”
“The official name isn’t ‘Puppy Cam,’” Vishal said. “It’s basically a security camera, but I call it ‘Puppy Cam’ because I developed the program to keep an eye on my puppy, whose name is ‘Moti.’”
The program includes a camera that can be set up inside an office, warehouse, home or other location and has several unusual features.
The camera moves about the room and captures its surroundings even in the dark.
But the attractive aspect of the program is the ability to use a cell phone or computer screen to see what the security camera is recording.
“You can be on vacation in Hawaii and, through your cell phone or a computer, get an instant view of the inside of your home or business,” Vishal said.
He said because of the relatively high price of the security cameras, which include technical service provided by his company, most are sold to small to middle-sized companies. Cost starts at $3,500 for each camera.
“Our primary mission is to become your IT department,” said Vishal, who traces his love for technology to his childhood in Oman when he regularly dismantled toys to see what made them tick.
“My brother was always breaking things apart,” said Asha, looking mockingly stern at her kid brother. “It was the beginning of his passion for technology.”
For more information, call (602) 324-3489 or visit www.atmosol.com