THE COOLEST HOMEGROWN TECHNOLOGY
The coolest technology developed in Ottawa-gatineau
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.
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.
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.
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.