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Canal con­di­tions

Com­pany: Fave­quest For skaters ea­ger to beat the cold and per­haps beat their best times from one end of the Rideau Canal to the other, Allan Is­fan has good news: there’s an app for that.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ot­tawa-based firm Fave­quest – one of Ot­tawa-busi­ness Jour­nal’s Star­tups to Watch in 2011 – up­dated the orig­i­nal ver­sion of the com­pany’s Rideau Canal app ear­lier this year in part­ner­ship with the National Cap­i­tal Com­mis­sion.

The app now dis­plays the over­all con­di­tions of the frozen Skate­way, as well as a ta­ble list­ing de­tails of the skat­ing con­di­tions along var­i­ous sec­tions of the 7.8-kilo­me­tre canal.

Hard data

Com­pany: MXI Se­cu­rity Tech gad­get re­view­ers say MXI Se­cu­rity’s Stealth HD Bio – billed as the world’s first bio­met­ric USB flash drive – would make even the well-equipped James Bond jeal­ous.

Be­fore ac­cess­ing the data on the de­vice, a user must swipe their fin­ger­print across a bio­met­ric reader to con­firm their iden­tity. That’s backed up by strong pass­word au­then­ti­ca­tion. The de­vice was de­vel­oped at Montreal-head­quar­tered MXI Se­cu­rity’s Gatineau fa­cil­ity. The high-strength alu­minum en­clo­sure is de­signed to with­stand rugged use by mo­bile em­ploy­ees. The por­ta­ble hard drive it­self can carry up to 750 gi­ga­bytes of data, in­clud­ing a com­plete por­ta­ble desk­top with an op­er­at­ing sys­tem environment and ap­pli­ca­tions.

When the USB de­vice is un­plugged, it leaves no trace of the user’s pres­ence be­hind on the host ma­chine.

Power po­ten­tial

Com­pany: San­mina-sci The prov­ince’s clean-en­ergy poli­cies – which pay gen­er­ous pre­mi­ums to pro­duc­ers of power gen­er­ated from re­new­able sources us­ing tech­nol­ogy man­u­fac­tured in On­tario – are cre­at­ing a modern-day gold rush.

One of the com­pa­nies with an Ot­tawa pres­ence that’s cash­ing in is San­mina-sci, which signed at least three deals in 2011 to pro­duce so­lar in­vert­ers used by util­i­ties and largescale com­mer­cial users.

The grid-tie in­vert­ers con­vert di­rect-cur­rent power from pho­to­voltaic ar­rays into al­ter­nat­ing-cur­rent power that can be placed di­rectly on the elec­tric grid.

The San Jose, Calif.-based com­pany, which pur­chased its Ot­tawa-based ri­val Bre­con­ridge in 2010, says so­lar power is one of the fastest-grow­ing sec­tors of the world’s en­ergy mar­kets.

Spit take

Com­pany: DNA Genotek DNA Genotek has had a strong cus­tomer base in the re­search in­dus­try for years, but over the past few years, more and more com­mer­cial clients are sit­ting up and pay­ing at­ten­tion.

The com­pany makes kits that take in saliva sam­ples, rather than blood. That al­lows pa­tients to eas­ily col­lect their own DNA at home and mail it in for test­ing, in­stead of hav­ing to trek out to a lab.

Re­cently, the Flem­ish In­sti­tute for Tech­no­log­i­cal Re­search wanted to mea­sure the stress hu­mans are put un­der dur­ing flights that sim­u­late space’s mi­cro­grav­ity. It fig­ured saliva col­lec­tion would be much less in­va­sive than a blood test, and signed a pur­chase agree­ment with DNA Genotek.

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