Up to 80 per cent of the capital cost for installing devices like street lighting, security cameras and pipeline sensors is dedicated to digging trenches deep in the ground, running vast amounts of cable, and then filling the holes back up again. Also challenging is that many devices are situated in remote, hard-to-access locations and require relatively expensive labour to maintain.
Toronto-based Clear Blue Technologies
has developed a solution that weds the power of clean energy – through solar panels and a wind turbine – with cloud software technology to wirelessly deliver highly reliable off-grid power and independence to devices like streetlights, traffic cameras and mobile signage. The company’s software provides real-time monitoring and control from the web, significantly reducing maintenance costs.
The Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII), now part of OCE, initially supported collaborations between Clear Blue Technologies and two local colleges, Centennial and George Brown, to develop a prototype and conduct in-field testing. OCE then stepped in with a First Job award followed by Market Readiness support to conduct market research and establish distributor relationships. Clear Blue is now engaged in a second Market Readiness project to help with global channel development and product commercialization. The company is currently in talks with angel investors.
Since the launch of their product last year, Clear Blue Technologies has secured 50 customers in Canada, US, Germany, Dubai and Australia. The company has just released a new patented version of its technology.
Return on Innovation
- Currently employs 13 full-time people
- Projects hiring another 20 by 2017
- OCE Investment: $310,000
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