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article imageUPPLift Toronto announces seven winners of Urban Pilot Program

By Karen Graham     May 27, 2018 in Technology
UPPlift: Toronto announced the seven winning innovators selected to pilot their smart city technologies in test-beds across the city, through the first-ever Urban Pilot Program (UPP) in Toronto.
The year 2018 is already turning into a banner-year for Toronto - and the announcement of the winners of Toronto's very first Smart City Pilot Program will give an added boost to the momentum already being seen in innovative technology solutions across the city.
The UPPLift program, which launched in January this year was supported by partners like Microsoft and QuadReal Property Group and others. Toronto participated through its Green Market Acceleration Program, which allows local firms and foreign investors to collaborate with the city to support cleantech tech.
The program focuses on bridging the gap between emergent smart city technologies and building and infrastructure operators seeking innovations to enhance the city’s liveability.
When the call went out for innovators, they were asked to solve problems laid out and piloted in test-bed properties owned by QuadReal Property Group. Innovators were given five challenges that included:
1. Enhance the tenant or resident experience in a building by harnessing digital technology.
2. Enhance energy efficiency and the visibility of energy efficient programs for tenants and residents through the harnessing of digital technology.
3. Enhance sustainability and affect sustainable behavior for tenants and residents by harnessing digital technology.
4. Improve building operations through the use of digital technology.
5. Improve the availability and integration of building system data including HVAC, Lighting, Power, Access Control, Security, Fire, Life Safety, Building Transportation, Waste Disposal, Parking, Elevators, Water, Gas.
Congratulations to all the innovators selected to pilot for #UPPliftTO! It’s been an incredible fi...
Congratulations to all the innovators selected to pilot for #UPPliftTO! It’s been an incredible first program & it’s only the beginning. Look out for UPPlift pilots launching around Toronto!
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Selection of the winners
The winning pilot programs were announced on May 24 at the Love Child Social House on Bathurst Street in Toronto. The selected companies each received $25,000 from the Independent Electricity System Operator, as well as legal support from Fasken Law, and tech support and expertise from Microsoft and Intel.
The seven winners were selected from a short-list group of over 20 innovators in February who participated in workshops and received mentorship and support from partners such as QuadReal Property Group, Microsoft, and the Build in Canada.
“Through UPPlift: Toronto, we help resolve challenges in the built environment. Toronto’s innovation community has an abundance of solutions to enhance the city’s existing infrastructure,” said Mikele Brack, CEO of Urban Living Futures and creator of UPPlift: Toronto.
“Our winning innovators are now able to participate in the city’s first living lab to deploy ‘smart’ and resource-efficient technologies to address those challenges.”
And the winners are -
1. ArgosAI: Founded in 2015, Ankara, Turkey-based ArgosAI is an R&D company that develops innovative technologies on computer vision and machine learning applications.
The three-year-old company is developing a digitized data stream that's activated through video cameras. It can be used to count people, manage space usage, assess advertising impact, and manage individual parking spaces without the use of sensors.
2. Binners Junk Removal: This Toronto, Canada-based company is only a few years old, too, but it has a great sales pitch. They say "We are on a mission to continuously organize & simplify item removal and sustainable disposal for the world." And to accomplish their mission, they have a junk removal app that is focused on continuously organizing and simplifying item removal and sustainable disposal.
Real-time detection using sensors and AI.
Real-time detection using sensors and AI.
3. Vseta: Vesta is also a Toronto-based company. They have smart facility software that enables real-time building and facility monitoring through a private wireless sensor network independent of Wi-Fi or wiring. The VSETA IoT Facility Solution platform uses smart sensors to detect unusually high traffic and allows the user to monitor traffic and service activity.
"VSETA Facility Artificial Intelligence acts on big data collected from the building and recommends the most efficient operations according to current building needs. VSETA network is even capable of wireless service tracking to detect service completion for digital record keeping and analysis," Farhoud Shirzadi, the CEO of VSETA told Vanguard in an interview February 20, 2018.
4. Spark EV: Spark EV is a distributor for Juice Bar in Canada. The really neat thing about the Juice Bar EV charging station concept is the flexibility and customization that's available to users. Juice Bar was designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA.
Sparks EV
Spark EV has established charging stations and a network management platform that allows commercial, retail, and residential building owners and property managers to manage a network of EV chargers across various buildings through a cloud-based dashboard.
5. Eddy Home: Eddy Home is using IoT technology to develop an intelligent leak protection and water monitoring system to protect, control, and conserve water. The technology provides real-time readings of water consumption, leak detection, and remote water shutoff.
Eddy is a 24/7 monitoring software platform that sends you instant notifications to your MyEddyHome App. If an issue is detected you have the ability to remotely shut off the water immediately, averting disastrous damage. Eddy Home took top honors as the Most Innovative Product at EnerQuality’s annual Housing Forum in February of 2017, and received a 2017 Water Canada Project/Technology award in June of 2017.
Meet the Eddy Home app
Meet the Eddy Home app
Eddy Home
6. Infranovate: This Toronto-based company is developing products in the infrastructure space, such as a solar-powered smart bench that provides analytics, Wi-Fi, and mobile charging, as well as recycled materials focused on greening and improving urban environments.
Infranovate is involved in the transit/rail and large infrastructure market across North America. And with the desire to change the way we design, build and deliver infrastructure, Infranovate is not afraid to partner with innovative, disruptive companies from around the world and introduce them to the North American market.
7. Intuitive Robotics: Toronto-based Intuitive has established AI modules that help detect and route disposal of items in the correct waste category. The company's garbage bin won the NextAI’s Outstanding Venture Award in Toronto last year and provided the $150,000 in seed funding to develop the startup’s intelligent sorting bin.
I can say this about their smart bin - Intuitive had better get hopping because Tech Vives says there are two other companies looking at developing intelligent sorting bins - one in the U.S. and one in Poland.
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