Accelerator Centre Client TitanFile Inc. announces collaborative communications system for corporate legal departments


SAN FRANCISCO, CA and WATERLOO, ON – Putting the user firmly in control with hassle-free, hacker-proof security combined with powerful information sharing functionality, Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. and TitanFile Inc. are announcing a collaborative communications system built for today’s corporate legal departments. Secure client communications are essential to successful law firm operations and the new joint effort allows confidential file sharing anytime, anywhere with the user maintaining control of the encryption key to further safeguard confidentiality.

“One way law firms can mitigate their risks and stand out from their competitors is to offer a higher level of security for their clients’ sensitive documents and an information sharing system that allows staff to provide better, faster and more convenient client service,” said Yuji Nakagawa, vice president, Security Solution Department of Hitachi Solutions America.

With the integrated solution, users will be able to directly control who can access and view files while conveniently sharing documents with clients, legal teams and company management. Sensitive files will automatically remain in an encrypted state as they are distributed across platforms or shared on mobile devices.

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Accelerator Centre Graduate Clearpath Robotics to provide robots for lifesaving humanitarian research

(Kitchener, ON, Canada – January 23, 2013)  The University of Coimbra’s Institute of Systems and Robotics is working diligently to automate the extremely dangerous and manual job of clearing minefields for humanitarian demining efforts. Canadian robotics makers, Clearpath Robotics, sponsored the project by providing the mobile robotic base.

“Minesweeping is an extremely dangerous and time-intensive process,” said Lino Marques, Senior Lecturer at the University of Coimbra, and academic liaison for the project. “Robots do not get tired; they can be extremely thorough performing their jobs, and their cost is infinitely smaller than that of a human life. For these reasons, robots are a perfect solution for the minesweeping problem.”

The group at University of Coimbra set out to accomplish three key tasks with their mobile robot: Perceive terrain characteristics, navigate across the terrain, and utilize the vehicle to detect and localize landmines. The first round of field tests in 2013 was interrupted due to issues with their custom robotic arm. Once adjustments are in place, a second round of field tests will take place (expected mid-2014).

“We are very proud to be supporters of Dr. Marques’ humanitarian research into demining robotics.” said Matt Rendall, CEO at Clearpath Robotics. “Clearpath Robotics was originally founded with a focus to clear landmines using a swarm of small mobile robots – that’s how we got our name – so it’s very exciting for us to work with the University of Coimbra to advance this incredibly noble research.”

The mobile robotic base was outfitted with navigation and localization sensors, ground penetration radar, and a custom robotic arm with an attached metal detector. The entirety of the robot is designed with open source software using the Robot Operating System (ROS).

The group received the mobile base, known as Husky Unmanned Ground Vehicle, as part of the 2012 Partnerbot Grant Program, inaugurated to support advancement in robotics research. Within the Partnerbot program, the group was also named winners of the Special Award for Humanitarian Contribution.

About Clearpath Robotics

Clearpath Robotics, a global leader in unmanned vehicle robotics for research and development, is dedicated to automating the world’s dullest, dirtiest, and deadliest jobs. The Company serves robotics leaders in over 30 countries worldwide in academic, corporate, industrial, and military environments. Recognizing the value of future innovation, Clearpath Robotics established Partnerbot, a grant program to support university robotics research teams, internationally. Clearpath Robotics provides robust robotic vehicles and autonomous solutions that are engineered for performance, designed for customization, and built for open source. Visit Clearpath Robotics at, follow us on Twitter @clearpathrobots or like us on Facebook.


Meghan Hennessey

Marketing Communications


Accelerator Centre Client TeTechS launches its first Terahertz Spectrometer system

Revolutionary terahertz technology enables imaging and sensing applications never achieved with other imaging technologies.

Waterloo (Ontario) CANADA, January 18, 2014TeTechS Inc., a terahertz technology solution company, announced today that the company released its first terahertz spectrometer system.

The TeTechS Rigel 1550 terahertz spectrometer is portable, modular, compact, fast, and reconfigurable for analysis of solids, liquids, powders, and gases. With its revolutionary fiber coupled terahertz sensor technology, Rigel 1550  provides higher performance and flexibility than the state of the art in terahertz systems, allowing better discrimination, less complex signal analysis, and enabling applications which cannot be robustly achieved with previous spectrometry technology.

The fiber coupled movable transmitter and receiver heads can be mounted around the sample under test, for the cases where bringing the object/sample/process under test inside the spectrometer head is not feasible. The distance between the transmitter and receiver heads can be adjusted to create working space needed for different measurement settings.

TeTechS Rigel 1550 is an innovative and reliable turnkey system with a built‐in 1550 nm femto‐second fiber laser, a fiber laser beam distribution chassis with fast and slow scan modules, and built‐in lock‐in and low‐noise amplifiers, with a controlling and operation software. The system is permanently aligned to provide a collimated terahertz beam between the transmitter and the receiver heads. The user has access to the collimated terahertz beam inside the spectrometer head where the interchangeable and easy to use transmission, reflection, and attenuated total reflection (ATR) measurement modules can be placed.

“Rigel 1550 can be used for a wide range of applications including material characterization, material sensing, non‐destructive test, hidden object detection, product inspection, manufacturing quality control, thickness measurement and uniformity analysis, coating and thin film analysis, additives analysis, and electronic chip fault analysis” says Dr. Daryoosh Saeedkia, founder and CEO of TeTechS Inc. “It can also be used for material verification and identification, such as: plastics, pulp and paper, gels, organic powders, and adhesives, to name a few” said Saeedkia.

About TeTechS Inc.

TeTechS Inc. is a leading innovator of advanced terahertz technology solutions committed to developing terahertz sensor and imaging systems for industrial and scientific applications. TeTechS Inc. draws on the distinctive characteristics of leading‐edge terahertz technology to develop unique non‐destructive and non‐invasive sensing and imaging solutions. The systems can see features of interest behind enclosures or inside packages, which are invisible to other imaging modalities. The Customers’ problems can be solved in ways that cannot be addressed by other imaging modalities such as X‐Ray and infrared imaging. The company’s vision is to become a major terahertz technology solutions provider to the industries worldwide through developing innovative terahertz imaging and sensing system solutions.

For further details please contact:

Daryoosh Saeedkia, PhD
President & CEO
TeTechS Inc.TeTechS Inc.
Tel: +1 (519) 584‐0791
Toll Free: +1 (855) 574‐1764
Fax: +1 (519) 513‐2421
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Accelerator Centre Client Sober Steering's technology being used in New York State education system

Technology Ensures School Bus Drivers Are Sober Behind the Wheel

By: Peter Lawrence
Source: School Transportation News

Recently, I attended a presentation at the Rochester Area Transportation Supervisor’s Association in New York State on Drug and Alcohol awareness to meet U.S. federal requirements as stated in law §382.603

At the meeting, we had the opportunity to see a new technology being used to monitor and notify carriers if an operator or mechanic has alcohol in their bloodstream. The state-of-the-art technology was originally designed to detect chemical weapons from sensors that were dropped from aircrafts.

Sober Steering, a company based out of Canada, developed this product that acts as an alcohol interlock for school buses and other vehicles. They accomplish this through transdermal sensors that are built into the steering wheel. The sensors detect alcohol through direct contact with the skin. With this alcohol interlock, in the event that a driver tries to start a vehicle with alcohol in their bloodstream, the transmission will not be able to shift out of park and an electronic notification is sent immediately to their employer. Another neat feature of this system allows for randomized rolling tests where the operator can provide a sample while the vehicle is in motion.

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Stratford Accelerator Centre Client BuildCircle Inc: Does balance exist for an entrepreneur?

The Art of Compromise

By: Angela Pause

“Balance [for an entrepreneur] doesn’t exist,” says Dan Heitbohmer. ”It’s like taking oil and water and shaking them up, trying to keep them mixed. Impossible.”

Heitbohmer, 38, has learned the hard way that the elusive “balance” the media and healthcare professionals encourage is for a different type of person than the entrepreneur. It might work for the nine-to-fiver, but as the president of BuildCircle Inc, a cloud-based software that manages the complex series of communications that accompany any construction project, Heitbohmer says the only option available to him is simple compromise.

It was a tough lesson to learn, he says. Heitbohmer “crashed and burned” in December 2012, after a six-month stint of working 19-hour days at his company, while also helping his wife, Melissa, with their newborn and five-year-old twins. Ignoring his failing health, he was eventually diagnosed with pneumonia and spent two weeks in bed – all the while stressing about work, and feeling guilty about not being a fully engaged father and husband.

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Accelerator Program Client Avenir Medical's device in action at Mount Sinai

By: Vanessa Lu

Donning surgical scrubs on Monday, Dec. 16, Armen Bakirtzian stood in an operating room at Mount Sinai Hospital and held his breath.

Orthopedic surgeon Allan Gross was handling a device, which Bakirtzian initially designed as his final-year university design project.

After five years of work, and various iterations, it would finally be used for the first time in a patient — to help guide the placement of an artificial hip.

“It was a thrill for us, seeing our product used in a live OR,” said 28-year-old Bakirtzian, whose devices had first been tested in cadavers. “It was a dream we were picturing for years.”

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