Kik Launches New Ways to Earn and Spend Kin

Popular Chat Platform Becomes the First Consumer App to Use Kin Blockchain

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 27, 2018 (Newswire.com) – Kik Interactive, Inc., creator of the popular chat platform Kik, today announced new experiences powered by the cryptocurrency Kin. Chat themes, a new feature for customizing chat screens, are now available to users. Kik users also have more opportunities to earn Kin, then spend their Kin on premium versions of the new chat themes feature via the Kin Marketplace Beta, a central place for Kin experiences. These are the first experiences running on the Kin Blockchain.

‘Forest Monsters’ premium theme available for Android (PRNewsfoto/Kik Interactive, Inc.)

“Our goal is to make Kin the most used cryptocurrency in the world and getting Kin into the hands of more Kik users is a critical step in achieving this,” said Ted Livingston, founder and CEO of Kik and Kin. “Blockchain is a new and complex technology, but consumers don’t have to understand the technology in order to use it. With these new experiences, we want to demonstrate how simple and seamless cryptocurrency-driven experiences can be.”

A sample of approximately 1,000 Kik users can now earn Kin by completing tasks, including a tutorial, quizzes, and polls. In exchange for their time, users will earn a preset amount of Kin that is based on the complexity level of the task. These users will then have access to premium themes that customize a user’s chat screen.

Kin continues advancing its blockchain technology, which recently achieved 1.2 million transactions per day at a rate of 20 transactions per second. As Kin pushes boundaries in the blockchain space, Kik will use Kin as a pillar of its product strategy, supporting Kin’s mission to drive mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency. Kik plans to scale Kin-powered experiences to all users and will continue working toward introducing a creator marketplace where users will have the ability to create content, like their own chat themes, that can be accessed with Kin.

The Kin Marketplace Beta and Kin are currently available in Kik for Android devices. For more information on Kik, visit https://www.kik.com/. To learn more about Kin, visit https://kinecosystem.org.

About Kin Ecosystem Foundation
The Kin Ecosystem Foundation is a Canadian nonprofit corporation established for the governance of the cryptocurrency Kin and is tasked with growing an open ecosystem of digital services. The foundation will oversee the Kin Ecosystem on matters, including development of the Kin Rewards Engine, membership, security, and the ecosystem’s transition to a fully decentralized model that operates independently of Kik. For more information, please visit https://kinecosystem.org.

About Kik
Kik Interactive, Inc., connects the world through chat. The company is the maker of Kik, a chat platform popular where people can chat with friends and connect with chat-based services. Founded in 2009, Kik Interactive, Inc. is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and has offices in New YorkTel Aviv, and Toronto. For more information, please visit https://www.kik.com.

 

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APrivacy Launches First of Its Kind APrivacy Bot on WhatsApp for the Financial Service Industry

Original Source: Newswire 
Published: June 26, 2018

  APrivacy, a leading provider of digital security solutions for Financial Services, announced today its new solution, APrivacy Bot on WhatsAppTM, which is poised to transform how banks and insurance companies engage with their customers. APrivacy offers a fully programmable chatbot, or connection with an existing chatbot, providing interactions with customers directly over WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging service.

Uniquely, APrivacy Bot leverages WhatsApp by providing a personal communication experience for customers within their favourite messaging app without the need to install any other software. Integrated within the APrivacy suite of products, the solution also supports the additional ability for customers to be seamlessly transferred to a secure chat session for more sophisticated transactions, such as placing trades, or full servicing by a human agent. All communications are fully recorded for compliance purposes. APrivacy’s in-depth business intelligence analytics further enhances the tailored customer experience.

“APrivacy’s mission is to help Financial Services companies enhance the digital experiences they offer. Our new Bot on WhatsApp is in line with this approach and extends our offering with a new and convenient way to engage with customers on WhatsApp,” says APrivacy Founder and CEO, Dr. Cédric Jeannot.

The fast-growing trend is to move away from portals and apps with static menus and move towards conversational interfaces where customers can immediately ask questions and provide instructions over messaging. People are now used to texting. In fact, 90% of time spent on a smartphone is spent on email and messaging platforms. Messaging apps are the platforms of the future, and chatbots are the new tools users will use to access all sorts of services.

Dr. Jeannot further commented, “WhatsApp has over 1.5 billion users and so by leveraging this popular channel Financial Services companies can spread the net far and wide with whom they can do business with.”

About APrivacy

APrivacy is an award-winning company which combines military-grade data security with seamless user experience on any platform, any device, anywhere. APrivacy’s technology allows the Financial Services industry to confidently communicate with clients using their favourite channels leading to increased revenues and reduced costs while meeting the strictest regulatory requirements.

Learn more about APrivacy: www.aprivacy.com  

Media inquiries: media@aprivacy.com

Geotab Acquires FleetCarma, Positioning Geotab as Dominant Player for Electric Vehicle Fleet Management

Original Source: Business Wire
Published: June 12, 2018

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Geotab, a global leader in IoT and connected transportation, today announced the acquisition of clean-tech solution provider, FleetCarma. Specializing in Electric Vehicle (EV) telematics, FleetCarma is a forerunner in the electric vehicle industry, providing technology that has been critical to the adoption and operation of EVs for over 10 years.

The acquisition of FleetCarma accelerates Geotab’s long-standing commitment to investing in the people and technology required to be the global leader in telematics for EVs. With the adoption of electric vehicles increasing over the past several years, resulting in more than 3 million EVs on the road today, Geotab is positioned to be the global, dominant telematics player for electric vehicle fleet management.

“Geotab’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and innovation is further amplified by the acquisition of FleetCarma,” said Neil Cawse, CEO, Geotab. “We are excited to expand our presence in the EV space and offer our current and future customers a reliable telematics solution to help meet their changing business and fleet needs.”

The highly talented, EV-focused team at FleetCarma, which is based in “Silicon Valley North” within Waterloo, Ontario, specializes in providing telematics for hybrid and electric vehicles. With customers in North America and Europe, FleetCarma also empowers utility companies to understand and manage the impact that EV charging has on the electric grid.

“Combining FleetCarma’s unique EV telematics capabilities with Geotab’s proven open-platform solution is exactly what our customers want and the industry needs,” stated Matt Stevens, CEO of FleetCarma. “Together, as we continue to drive electric vehicle adoption, we will provide a complete solution that will not only benefit customers, but society as well.”

“With this acquisition, Geotab is now strongly positioned to help accelerate the uptake and EV infrastructure planning amongst both fleets and communities around the world,” added Cawse.

About FleetCarma

FleetCarma, is an award-winning clean-tech information and technology company that has been providing solutions to manage and accelerate the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), since 2007. A robust cloud platform and specialized hardware are at the core of the company’s global product offering. FleetCarma manages hundreds of active client engagements around the globe which include electric utilities, municipal and federal governments, military and commercial fleets and transportation research labs. FleetCarma’s technology solutions are critical to managing the transition to an electric transportation infrastructure. In short, FleetCarma drives electric vehicle adoption.

About Geotab

Geotab is advancing security, connecting commercial vehicles to the internet and providing web-based analytics to help customers better manage their fleets. Geotab’s open platform and Marketplace, offering hundreds of third-party solution options, allows both small and large businesses to automate operations by integrating vehicle data with their other data assets. As an IoT hub, the in-vehicle device provides additional functionality through IOX Add-Ons. Processing billions of data points a day, Geotab leverages data analytics and machine learning to help customers improve productivity, optimize fleets through the reduction of fuel consumption, enhance driver safety, and achieve strong compliance to regulatory changes. Geotab’s products are represented and sold worldwide through Authorized Geotab Resellers. To learn more, please visit www.geotab.com and follow us @GEOTAB and on LinkedIn.

Intellijoint Surgical Provides A New View Of Orthopedic Navigation

Originally posted on Surgical Products
By Daniel Seeger

A relative newcomer to the field of surgical navigation systems, Intellijoint is quickly positioning itself as a disruptive technology company. Specializing in orthopedics, the company is rolling out intellijoint HIP, a surgeon-controlled, 3D mini-optical navigation system that provides many unique advantages over similar options on the market.

To learn more, Surgical Products interviewed Armen Bakirtzian, CEO and co-founder of Intellijoint Surgical.

 CEO and Co-Founder, Intellijoint Surgical

Armen Bakirtzian

What can you tell us about Intellijoint Surgical?

Our first product is called intellijoint HIP. It helps orthopedic surgeons performing total hip replacement surgery prevent complications like dislocation, revision, leg length discrepancies, readmissions, and litigation. Our product helps control the most important variables that surgeons manage by eye at the moment, i.e. cup position, leg length, offset and hip center of rotation. We can help surgeons deliver a superior hip replacement by providing them with accurate intraoperative information during surgery.

We’ve done over 5,000 hip replacements, so far. We’re growing at a very high rate year over year, and we have hopes and plans for aggressive growth in the U.S. this year.

What’s unique about the technology?

Navigation has been around in orthopedics for a long time. It’s shown to improve the accuracy with which components are placed in the body. It can improve managing leg length, as well as reduce postoperative complications.

But traditional navigation systems — although they accomplish those things — were extremely time-consuming, they disrupted surgical workflow, they were expensive to acquire and operate, and they introduced a lot of inefficiencies into the hospitals.

With our core technology, we wanted to preserve the essence of navigation, which is providing valuable intraoperative information. But we also wanted to solve the other problems. So we wanted our product to be time-neutral and integrated into the workflow of the surgery.

Our product is very fast. We add only 2.9 minutes to surgery. We have comparable accuracy to other navigation systems and robotic platforms, but we really are focused on the speed, the efficiency, and the integration of the workflow.

I think surgeons value the information that navigation gives them, but they don’t want to put up with the extra time, the extra cost, and the disruption of their workflow that traditional systems have forced upon them.

What new FDA clearance did you recently earn?

The new FDA clearance was for revisions of hip replacement surgeries. This is a very significant achievement for us because we’re one of the only systems suitable for revision procedures.

intellijoint HIP is a imageless navigation system, so we don’t require any preoperative imaging to power our system, and that’s a key differentiator. Any image-based system — or any robotics platform, for that matter — can’t be used in a revision setting because of all the metal artifacts that exist in the body during imaging. So you’re handcuffed with those other systems.

And most people would argue that revisions are when you need the most help with additional intraoperative information. Having an indication cleared for revision surgeries is significant for Intellijoint and significant for the orthopedic population performing revisions.

We’ve already started to show an improved outcome if you use intellijoint HIP on a revision versus not. That data looks very promising. We did a study that followed 72 patients for 2 years after their revision with intellijoint HIP. None of those patients had any dislocations or required a re-revision at their 2-year follow-up appointment. That’s a significantly better result than you see with revision procedures performed freehand, where dislocation rates can be up to 28 percent and the re-revision rates 8-33 percent.

Can you tell us more about your commitment to providing a strong solution for revision surgeries?

Revisions are much more difficult procedures than primaries, and there are more and more revisions every year. Most primary hip replacements will need to be revised at some point over their lifespans, which can be influenced by how the primary was completed. As primary hip replacement patients age, they may require a revision, so there will be a higher demand for these procedures in the future.

There is a higher complication rate when it comes to revisions because of the increased difficulty and surgeons typically don’t have any assistance performing these procedures. The demand for revision procedures on the average orthopedic surgeon will climb in the coming years.

Our platform provides one of the only solutions that is accessible to every orthopedic surgeon. We work flexibly with hospitals to give them access to a technology solution that ultimately helps their surgeons deliver the best possible care. They can acquire intellijoint HIP on a fee per use basis or as a capital investment. I think that puts us in a unique position. intellijoint HIP is suitable for all major surgical approaches in hip replacement — and we’re suitable for primaries and revisions.

What added value do you think is available to healthcare providers when they use intellijoint HIP?

One of the values we can offer to the healthcare system is that the intellijoint HIP system makes surgery less likely to require corrections afterwards. So if a patient is re-admitted to the hospital for a preventable revision surgery, there are unnecessary resources consumed by the surgeon and the hospital to care for that patient.  Preventable mistakes can also hurt the reputation of a surgeon and a hospital, which can be damaging to the ongoing business of both stakeholders. Further, if you can prevent any patient from coming back for a surgical revision, you’ve opened up more resources to do more primary hip (or other) procedures.

And as our orthopedic surgeons get older and retire, there are going to be fewer of them doing surgery, even as the rate of procedure is on the rise. intellijoint HIP allows for improved efficiency and improved outcomes that can result in fewer repeats, fewer revisions, and fewer readmissions. That ultimately reduces the burden on the healthcare systems of today and tomorrow.

 

eleven-x Launches LoRaWAN™ Wireless Connectivity Solutions for Smart City and Enterprise IoT Applications

Originally published on eleven-x

Innovative Platform Enables Easy Wireless IoT Connectivity for Currently Installed But Unconnected Devices 

WATERLOO, ON – CANADA | May 31, 2018 – eleven-x Inc., operator of Canada’s first and only coast-to-coast public low power network optimized for the Internet of Things [IoT], is pleased to announce the launch of a new platform that includes a lineup of interface units enabling easy and secure wireless LoRaWAN™ connectivity for currently deployed but unconnected Smart City and IoT sensors and devices. The platform is designed to extend the capabilities of existing sensors and devices to provide real-time data collection and monitoring. The initial group of interface units includes the MIU-X, designed for use with water and gas meters, the TIU-X for tank fill-level monitoring, and the WIU-X to enable remote data collection from water level monitoring sensors.

The eleven-x interface units help organizations realize their goals of deploying smart applications and utilizing real-time data to improve their workflows in an easy, cost effective manner without having to absorb the high costs of removing and replacing existing devices. The interface units are battery operated and last for more than ten years with almost zero maintenance, resulting in a low total cost of ownership, wireless IoT solution. Installation of the eleven-x interface units is a simple 3-step process that can be completed in minutes without the need for any wiring or specialty tools.

The interface units are part of the eleven-x LoRaWAN wireless interface connectivity platform. The wireless platform is a universal solution that provides secure wireless LoRaWAN connectivity via easy integration with currently deployed non-wireless data collection devices and offers significant enhancements for security and ease of use in addition to its connectivity capabilities.

The MIU-X easily converts currently unconnected meters to smart meters, facilitating the use of real-time data which enables streamlined operations by eliminating the need for manual or drive-by data collection and improves customer billing and overall experience. The TIU-X enables cost efficient remote monitoring for a market that currently relies on more expensive satellite and cellular wireless technologies and eliminates the need for manual tank readings and costly emergency deliveries. The WIU-X facilitates wireless water level monitoring and data collection without having to replace currently installed dataloggers. Offering pre-configurable alerting capabilities based on high or low water level conditions, the WIU-X can be configured remotely and reduces operational costs by eliminating the need for manual data collection.

“We’re excited to provide this key enabling product platform that provides an easy, cost effective solution to expand the capabilities of currently unconnected IoT sensors by transforming them into “smart” devices,” said Dan Mathers, President and CEO of eleven-x Inc. “Utilizing our wireless interface units helps organizations avoid costly removal and replacement programs and disruptions to customer service, while still getting to enjoy the benefits of real-time data collection. This unlocks potential for improving workflows and reducing operational costs while providing better service levels”.

The MIU-X device enables QMC to bring wireless connectivity to existing water meter assets that would otherwise need to be replaced and upgraded. The cost savings to the utility is substantial,” said James Easton, CEO of QMC. “The eleven-x meter interface units provide near real-time usage information which reduces the costs of collecting meter data and provides value add information such as leak detection and alarming, a win-win scenario for the utility and the customer.”

“The added capabilities we get as a result of real-time collection of water levels from our water supply monitoring network has enabled us to make more informed decisions and helped us improve a key service we deliver to our community,” said Nancy Kodousek, Director Water Services at Region of Waterloo. “By not having to incur the expense of replacing all of our sensors and providing the ability to get more timely data with lower operating expenses, this has resulted in real value to us.”

The eleven-x low power network is optimized for the Internet of Things and enables the promise of Smart Cities, Buildings, Campuses and Enterprise IoT applications. Supporting the use of low-cost battery powered sensors, the network addresses IoT applications where requirements include wireless connectivity, devices that require long battery life, no maintenance and a low total cost of ownership.

Availability and Pricing

The MIU-X, TIU-X and the WIU-X models are FCC, ISED and LoRaWAN certified and commercially available today. For pricing and sales inquiries contact us at collaborate@eleven-x.com or call +1-226-887-0011. For more product information, visit www.eleven-x.com/solutions. 

About eleven-x Inc.

eleven-x, a Contributing Member of the LoRa Alliance™, is a next-generation network operator enabling the Internet of Things [IoT]. Our low power wide area network [LPWAN] is Canada’s first and only public coast-to-coast network supporting the use of low-cost sensors and devices for a variety of Smart City and Enterprise IoT applications. Based on LoRaWAN™, an international standard backed by over 500 companies, our carrier-grade network enables customers in the private and public sectors to efficiently and cost-effectively manage assets, create and maintain Smart Cities, and realize environmental sustainability. Visit eleven-x.com for more information.

Follow us on Twitter: @eleven_x and on LinkedIn.
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Urban innovation firm Miovision Technologies raises $15-million to expand smart intersection products

Original Source: The Globe and Mail 

By Josh O’Kane

As cities become ever more digitally connected, Miovision Technologies Inc. has raised another $15-million to expand its smart intersection products and lay the groundwork for future urban innovations.

Based in Kitchener, Ont., the 13-year-old company’s technology is used in more than 17,000 municipalities worldwide, allowing them to learn about traffic going through intersections with video data collection powered by artificial intelligence. The technology measures traffic flows and allows adjustments to traffic signals, such as when emergency vehicles need to get through.

The backbone of Miovision’s technology is open data architecture: transparent, non-proprietary data collection and storage. This data can be more easily used by cities, than the information collected by traditional analog machines, to make urban design decisions.

 The financing round, to be announced Monday, is a sign of faith from Miovision investors that its technology will continue to be integral to cities of the future. It’s led by the company’s largest shareholder, Montreal’s MacKinnon, Bennett & Co. (MKB), as well as new investor McRock Capital of Toronto. Further funding comes from Business Development Bank of Canada and the Boston private-equity investment firm HarbourVest Partners.

The $15-million is in the form of a convertible note, with the intention of a forthcoming equity raise that the company says will be “significantly larger” as it grows its intersection products’ capabilities and customer base. The growth, in turn, could drive greater interest in open architecture for further potential product lines.

 “We have a lot of ideas – some of which we’re already in market with, and some of which are coming soon – that are built around the idea of turning an intersection into an open data source that can be used by the city and used by others,” said Kurtis McBride, Miovision’s chief executive officer, in an interview.

The company’s most recent raise was a $30-million venture-funding round in 2015, also led by MKB. Ken MacKinnon, MKB’s managing partner, says he’s been a long-standing fan of Miovision’s innovations.

“Not only do they provide thought leadership in terms of how smart cities can be managed through next-generation technology – they actually have products and services that are generating revenue today, and providing very useful capabilities for cities to better manage their operations,” Mr. MacKinnon told The Globe and Mail.

The company also announced that McRock managing partner Whitney Rockley has joined its board. Her fund is dedicated to the “industrial internet of things” – the deeply connected juncture of physical technology and data processing – of which smart-city technology is a major market.

“I see the intersection being the backbone of the city,” Ms. Rockley said. Miovision, she said, “really is one of the few companies that we’ve seen that has built their fundamental technology on an open-architecture platform that will enable cities to do lots of different things.”

 Some of Miovision’s client municipalities have used the technology for emergency vehicle pre-emption (EVP), which gives first responders priority through intersections.

“Traditionally, if you wanted to install EVP into a city, you’d have to put new hardware both in the vehicle and at the intersection,” Mr. McBride said. “It’s expensive to do and it takes a lot of time to deploy. But with our system, because it’s all software-enabled, we already have the device we need at the intersection.”

Such programs, he continues, can be crucial: “If you can knock a minute off a response time for a fire truck, it makes the difference between a kitchen fire and a house fire.”

DigitalGlobe Partners with Ecopia Tech Corporation to Generate Building Footprints by Leveraging Machine Learning in the Cloud

WESTMINSTER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR), today announced a partnership with Ecopia Tech Corporation (“Ecopia”) to know precisely where buildings are by utilizing proprietary artificial intelligence algorithms and innovative cloud computing to create building footprints. By using Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe, customers will have the most current and accurate information on structures in their areas of interest, enabling them to make business decisions with unprecedented speed and efficiency.

“Combining our algorithms with DigitalGlobe’s technology allows Ecopia to extract and update building footprints at a scale and speed never before thought possible.”

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Ecopia, a developer in DigitalGlobe’s Geospatial Big Data platform (GBDX) ecosystem, established a process to create building footprints quickly and at scale by leveraging advanced machine learning in combination with DigitalGlobe’s cloud-based 100 petabyte imagery library. This innovative approach offers a welcome alternative to outdated footprint sources and the corresponding time-consuming and expensive creation methods. Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe provides actionable insights for observing, analyzing, and monitoring business processes like supply chain management, urban planning, and asset monitoring for industries such as energy, insurance, real estate, telecom, and location-based services. Starting with the United States, the two companies will extract highly accurate 2D building footprints across the Earth, then refresh the datasets to find and track change over time, which is valuable information to businesses. Several national service providers are already using the building footprints in their industry-leading applications.

“Ecopia is harnessing the cloud-based computational power of GBDX to gain immediate, on-demand access to DigitalGlobe’s 18-year library of high-resolution satellite imagery,” said Bill Singleton, Ecopia Tech Corporation Vice President. “Combining our algorithms with DigitalGlobe’s technology allows Ecopia to extract and update building footprints at a scale and speed never before thought possible.”

“Now, customers in a multitude of verticals can quickly answer business-critical questions instead of spending time creating the data and information to answer those questions,” said Dr. Shay Har-Noy, DigitalGlobe Vice President of Unified Platform. “Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe will become a foundational data layer for all businesses with an interest in how our world is built and how it is changing over time.”

DigitalGlobe and Ecopia will extract every building footprint in the United States by mid-year 2018, and many major international locations by the beginning of 2019. Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe will be available off the shelf or on-demand, with or without the source high-resolution imagery, and will include the option to subscribe to regular updates.

About DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is the global leader in commercial high-resolution satellite imagery used by decision makers to better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world’s leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers’ most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight. DigitalGlobe is a Maxar Technologies company (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR). For more information visit www.DigitalGlobe.com.

About Maxar Technologies

Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates) is a leading global provider of advanced space technology solutions for commercial and government markets including satellites, Earth imagery, robotics, geospatial data and analytics. As a trusted partner, Maxar Technologies provides unmatched integrated capabilities, solutions and expertise to help customers anticipate and address their most complex mission-critical challenges with confidence. With more than 6,500 employees in over 31 locations, the Maxar Technologies portfolio of commercial space brands includes MDA, SSL, DigitalGlobe and Radiant Solutions. Every day, billions of people rely on Maxar Technologies to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that Build a Better World. Maxar trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as MAXR. For more information, visit www.maxar.com.

About Ecopia Tech Corporation

Ecopia Tech Corporation (“Ecopia”) is an international supplier of high definition (HD) mapping products that enable high-fidelity global scale insights. Ecopia uses proprietary intelligent systems that leverage groundbreaking advancements in machine learning to convert high-resolution imagery of our earth into HD maps. The technology can utilize multiple sources of imagery ensuring accurate, up-to-date and reliable specifications that you can trust. For information visit www.ecopiatech.com.

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This release contains forward-looking statements and information, which reflect the current view of Maxar Technologies Ltd. (the “Company” or “Maxar”) with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements relate to future events or future financial performance. Any such forward-looking statements are based on Maxar’s current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions made in light of its experience and perception of historical trends and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results or performance to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Maxar’s actual results of operations could differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Some of the risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to: the loss or reduction in scope of any of our primary contracts, or decisions by customers not to exercise renewal options; the loss or damage to any of our satellites; delays in the construction and launch of any of our satellites or our ability to achieve and maintain full operational capacity of all our satellites; loss or damage to the content contained in our ImageLibrary; interruption or failure of our ground systems and other infrastructure; decrease in demand for our imagery products and services; increased competition that may reduce our market share or cause us to lower our prices; changes in political or economic conditions, including fluctuations in the value of foreign currencies, interest rates, energy and commodity prices, trade laws and the effects of governmental initiatives to manage economic conditions; failure to obtain or maintain required regulatory approvals and licenses; and, changes in Canadian, U.S. or other law or regulation that may limit our ability to distribute our imagery products and services.

For additional information with respect to certain of these risks or factors, plus additional risks or factors, reference should be made to the Company’s continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time with Canadian and U.S. securities regulatory authorities, which are available online under the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com, under the Company’s EDGAR profile at www.sec.gov, or on the Company’s website at www.maxar.com.

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Investor Relations Contact:
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Maxar Investor Relations
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AC Grad eleven-x Partners to Bring Smart Parking to Stratford

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Nicoya Lifesciences Raises $2 Million to Make Protein Testing Equipment More Accessible to Researchers

Originally published on BetaKit

Kitchener-based Nicoya Lifesciences has raised $2 million.

The funding was led by Ripple Ventures and GTAN, with participation from MaRS IAF, BDC, Garage Capital, Angel One, Maple Leaf Angels, Innovation Grade Ventures, the Laurier Startup Fund, the University of Waterloo Student Venture Fund and the Waterloo Alumni Angels.

Nicoya launched in 2012 as a spin-out company from the University of Waterloo. The company uses nanotechnology to create more affordable protein testing solutions for medical researchers, and said their instruments have been used by hundreds of researchers in over 25 countries. The funding will be used to support new product development.

“We are developing some of the most advanced biosensor technologies in the world and we are
excited about the impact they will have on human health in the future,” said Ryan Denomme, Nicoya Lifesciences co-founder and CEO.

Nicoya received $50,000 from the Communitech Rev Awards in September 2015.

“The entire Nicoya team have built a product that lets academic and private institutions run tests at a fraction of the cost,” said Matt Cohen, managing partner of Ripple Ventures. “We are confident that their data-driven sales strategy will accelerate their time to market and quickly disrupt the fragmented SPR industry. Ripple Ventures is thrilled to co-lead this investment in Nicoya Lifesciences.”

Q&A With Emily Jackson, VP of Communications at AC Grad Ecopia Tech Corporation

Originally Published in WATCH Magazine 

WATCH: As mapping technology goes – Ecopia is a whole other level of sophistication, from adding detail to 3D building models, to precision detection of specific locations, to identifying changes to the landscape in close to real time. Who are some of your customers and how are they using your mapping capabilities?

EJ: Ecopia is an industry leading artificial intelligence (AI) company. We specialize in extracting insight from geospatial big data. Millions of geospatial images are captured every day by satellites, airplanes, drones, and other vehicles. What we do is convert this flood of pixels into high definition (HD) vector maps. These kinds of actionable insights are used by industries such as energy, insurance, real estate, telecom and other location-based services to observe, analyze and monitor landscapes in far greater detail than ever previously possible. Industries include but are not limited to energy, insurance, real estate, telecom, and location-based services.

For instance, if there’s a natural disaster such as a major hurricane, a location-based service (such as emergency management) could use our products to go beyond satellite imagery which would show just the swath of land affected, to pinpointing the exact addresses of homes and infrastructure requiring emergency support. We’ve also worked with an organization called PMSA to map the entirety of Australia in tremendous detail. This experience has led to follow-on projects for Ecopia around the world.

Customer Success: PSMA: Size, scale & how well we did. Link to case study: https://www.geoscape.com.au/product/


WATCH: Ecopia has a place of honour on the Accelerator Centre (AC) grad wall. Can you tell us what the business has been up to since it graduated from the AC?

EJ: During our time at the AC, our business was intensely focused on research and development to fully commercialize our large-scale feature extraction technology. Now, after five years of work, we’ve successfully accomplished that goal, and have built out our technology into a first of its kind suite of high definition mapping products that greatly improve the ability of various industries to extract critical insight from the exponentially increasing volume of earth imagery generated by the sensors each day. Now the business is scaling in every possible way. We have 20 global partners representing every continent. We are mapping land, roads, and buildings around the world so businesses can finally gain an edge from accurate, national-scale, location-based analytics. And our team is up to 30. We’re growing like crazy.


WATCH: The company opened another office in the GTA, but you still maintain deep ties back to Waterloo Region and remain involved with UW and other initiatives. Can you tell us about some of the cool things you are involved in?

EJ: We may have expanded into Toronto for business reasons, but we’ll always have one foot in Waterloo Region. We are a company that was born in Waterloo Region. Our co-founder is a PhD at University of Waterloo and many of our employees were educated here. So it is really important to us to remain connected to the Region. Recently, Ecopia has partnered with the Region of Waterloo, Communitech, the University of Waterloo, and the Waterloo Economic Development Corporation (EDC) as a member of the Region’s new OCE Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network. We also regularly attend tech events and network within the region to stay top of everything happening in the Region. Lately, we’ve been spending a lot of time on University of Waterloo campus, hosting employer info sessions and participating in job fairs. We also seek to hire University of Waterloo as often as possible; both co-ops and full-time employees. It’s really important to us to attract top talent, and University of Waterloo is a leading source.


WATCH; You’ve recently joined the firm after spending a number of years at the Accelerator Centre yourself, what finally tempted you to join a startup and how will you be helping the business grow?

EJ: Being at the AC gives you a unique opportunity to get a close look at the incredible businesses being built both at the AC and in Waterloo Region in general. So it is almost inevitable that, at some point,  you catch the startup bug and want to be part of building something. I’ve always loved Ecopia. I spent a lot of time with the co-founders in the early days. I found them to be an incredible group of people. They are smart, kind and work really really hard. Those are the kind of qualities I look for in a person and in a company I want to be part of. So it was just time for me to take the leap of faith and join a scaling business that I admire work with founders I admire. I also think I bring to them a really unique background. Through my work at the AC I have become really well connected to incubation hubs and government programs within Ontario and across Canada. I have my finger on the pulse of innovation across Canada. I believe I can help Ecopia penetrate the Canadian market – which is quite a challenge. The skills I honed at the AC – everything from facilities management, to operations management, to project management and fundraising will all be beneficial in this new role. And I think I can help the company grow culture within the business. The team is predominately engineering right now, but as we scale that is changing.


WATCH: What lies next for Ecopia?

EJ: Well obviously growth. We are digitizing the physical world and there’s huge demand for the intelligence and insight we provide. And we can do it with a level of speed and efficiency that is unprecedented so we are able to put great, highly detailed business intelligence in the hands of organizations who need it most – information they never thought it was possible to acquire. We also touch more industries that I could even have imagined before joining the company. I didn’t realize how this technology could be transferable across so many sectors and applications. We sit squarely in the middle of the Smart City movement. That’s a global conversation and we contribute a critical business intelligence component to that discussion.

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