IRIS Wins 1st Place at Lion's Lair 2019

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HAMILTON – Sept. 26, 2019 – IRIS, a company which enables cities to conduct real-time monitoring of road conditions using AI-enabled dash cams, took home a top prize of $35,000 after making their pitch the Lions and a sold-out crowd.

IRIS’ technology enables city-owned assets such as buses and trucks to autonomously locate and measure the formation of potholes and road damage, cutting down the cost of manual patrols employed by cities today.  The Investor Lions chose IRIS for not just their innovation, but also for creating a sustainable business that can improve cities and addressed pain points in many other industries.

“Lions Lair has been an experience of entrepreneurial growth, personal insights and self awareness,” said Emil Sylvestor Ramos, co-founder of IRIS.  “Everything from the application process, pitch training and live interviews has pushed us to strive better both personally and professionally.”

Watch the pitch here.

Emil Sylvester Ramos,  Brian Bae & Kevin Xia with the 1st Place winner award.

Emil Sylvester Ramos, Brian Bae & Kevin Xia with the 1st Place winner award.


IRIS Cable 14 interview for iPORT & Lions Lair Competition

Emil Sylvester Ramos, David Keaney & Laura Bobcock at IRIS Cable 14 Interview

Emil Sylvester Ramos, David Keaney & Laura Bobcock at IRIS Cable 14 Interview

From its roots in steel and textile production, to its evolution as a leader in life sciences, education and advanced manufacturing, Hamilton is a city of innovators and ambition.  Great ideas are born and grown in our local schools and businesses, but great ideas aren’t guaranteed successes.

This is where Hamilton, a big city with a small-town community, excels.  Alongside Innovation Factory, the innovation and entrepreneurship community in the greater Hamilton area is represented by business support providers, leading industry and professional firms, government and academic institutions.  These organizations lend their support to entrepreneurs, fostering local talent and providing the type of resources and mentorship it takes to help a company grow to its potential.

Business can’t do it alone, and new companies need all the help they can get.  Year-round support takes on many forms, but Innovation Factory’s LiONS LAIR rallies all the forces together to showcase the best in local talent and innovation at Hamilton’s leading pitch competition.

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Embedding Privacy by Design into IRIS Technologies

Video collected from city cameras can offer rich data that can help cities and municipalities better manage urban environments and deliver services in a more effective and efficient way. They can help to make communities safer, more liveable, sustainable, and fair. Many involve the collection and use of large amounts of information, including personal information. Cities or municipalities that use these connected technologies are often described as “smart cities.

“The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) provides independent oversight of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). This act protects the privacy of personal information by setting rules for its collection, use and disclosure by municipalities and municipal institutions.”

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association launched a lawsuit Tuesday against all three levels of government involved in a bid to bring a high-tech neighbourhood to Toronto's downtown core.

Federal, provincial and municipal governments are all named in the notice of application filed by the civil rights and freedoms group, which has been threatening since March to launch legal action over the yet-to-be-approved Quayside project.

The suit also names Waterfront Toronto, a local organization that's partnered with Google sibling company Sidewalk Labs to develop five hectares of waterfront land into a "smart city" with high-tech sensors built into nearly every aspect of its infrastructure.

A notice of application announcing the suit alleged the project is replete with potential privacy breaches that violate Canadians' constitutional rights.

In order for Cities to collect, store, analyze and use data collected from traffic, public and surveillance cameras and sensors, any personally identifying data is removed or "anonymized" immediately at collection point. Personal data include faces, plate numbers and other personal identifiable data uniquely identifiable to the individual. This entails obscuring faces, deleting parts of the video that captures personal information during collection of video before the video is stored. This is a major hurdle that must be overcome to be able to harvest video sources into actionable data.

Emil Sylvester Ramos, CEO & Saurabh Mahajan COO with Three Term Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian

Emil Sylvester Ramos, CEO & Saurabh Mahajan COO with Three Term Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian

IRIS has developed an innovative, “Cutting Edge” rudimentary privacy “de-identification” algorithm that can be containerized/ deployed on an imbedded system.

This product was validated by Dr. Ann Cavoukian as having the potential to disrupt the industry and be an example of how the international Privacy by Design principles can be key tool for innovation for smart cities and protect the privacy of the public.

To know more irisPRIVACY and how it can help your city to remain MFIPPA compliant, contact the IRIS team: info@irisradgroup.com

IRIS win Amplifund for their iPORT Technology

The EDGE sponsored Amplifund is celebrating startups and elevating entrepreneurship.

EDGE is Sheridan’s innovation hub, located at the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga andoffers training, mentorship and support to access funding to early-stage entrepreneurs. Since it opened its doors in 2017, over 40 start-ups have been supported, 13 of which reside in the co-working space at Sheridan’s Mississauga campus. EDGE recently received a 1.5 million dollar investment that will enable an even broader range and more concentrated set of innovation supports and services. It will help: develop entrepreneurship programming and a graduated cohort system; deliver workshops and events; support technical specialists and mentors; and enable prototype development and workspace enhancements.

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Mayor Bonnie Crombie noted how the City understands the importance of innovation and is working every day to foster an environment where local and innovative companies not only start, but thrive, and where people’s ideas move from concept to commercialization. With the City a founding partner of EDGE, she thanked everyone involved in establishing the hub and in “helping to incubate the next generation of innovative new companies who will no doubt, take the marketplace by storm.”

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IRIS at the Autonomous Vehicles Innovation Network Section at OCE Discovery 2019

OCE Discovery 2019 on May 13 - 14 at the Toronto Convention Centre

David Keaney showing a live demo of iPORT to Researchers.

David Keaney showing a live demo of iPORT to Researchers.

Discovery is Canada's leading innovation-to-commercialization conference, occurring this year between May 13 and 14, 2019. Hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Discovery brings together key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaboration opportunities.

Garnering over 3,600 attendees in 2018, Discovery is a showcase of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research from sectors such as health, manufacturing, digital media and cleantech, including energy, environment and water.

Renowned keynote speakers and panels ignite discussion, knowledge-sharing and new perspectives. Networking opportunities feature key influencers from government, academia, industry and leading sectors.

Discovery facilitates the exchange of ideas and encourages new ways to collaborate and push the boundaries of research and innovation through to demonstration and development. Creating a strong innovation economy is key to Ontario's future.

Discovery is hosted at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto.

David Keaney CFO, and Saurabh Mahajan COO at the IRIS booth next to MaRS Toronto RTDS Booth.

David Keaney CFO, and Saurabh Mahajan COO at the IRIS booth next to MaRS Toronto RTDS Booth.

Ahad Beykaei CTO, Emil Sylvester Ramos CEO and David Keaney CFO at the Discovery 2019.

Ahad Beykaei CTO, Emil Sylvester Ramos CEO and David Keaney CFO at the Discovery 2019.

IRIS attends ITACS Smart Cities Summit

Smart Cities Technologies Summit

On February 26, 2019, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), together with the City of Brampton, hosted a full-day event looking at technology for smart cities and will explore ICT applications to help cities and municipalities develop their own innovative applications to best serve their citizens’ needs.

Over the last half century, two trends have re-shaped Canada’s development.  First, there has been an accelerating move of Canadians to big cities.  The second has been the expansion of connected technologies into virtually every area of our lives.   We now use connected devices to work, shop, date, stay connected with family and engage in our communities.

The Smart Cities Technologies Summit was a collaborative discussion engaging government at all levels with a broad section of the technology sector.

Peel’s journey towards Smart Cities inititatives

Peel’s journey towards Smart Cities inititatives

Privacy and our role to protect it.

Ann Cavoukian, Three-term Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and Distinguished Expert-in-Residence at the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University spoke about securing the privacy and security of smart city residents - which is a crucial but often a last priority of commercial tech giants. What is Privacy by Design?

Privacy by Design: The Global Framework explores the challenges inherent in delivering the benefits of digital technologies in tandem with the need to process personal information and protect privacy.

High profile breaches, surveillance initiatives and government secrecy give the impression that privacy and control over one’s personal information are an after-thought, and that privacy measures are introduced only to correct a negative incident, after the fact. Dr. Cavoukian’s Privacy by Design approach counters popular misconceptions that privacy is an obstacle to the efficient and timely delivery of technological services, offering a framework that enables the delivery of both.

Ann Cavoukian, Three-term Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and Distinguished Expert-in-Residence at the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University

Ann Cavoukian, Three-term Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and Distinguished Expert-in-Residence at the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University

Welcome Remarks:  Mayor Patrick Brown, City of Brampton

Keynote Speakers 

  • Joseph Pittari, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton

  • Lawrence Eta, Deputy CIO, City of Toronto

Human Mobility Panel

  • Annalise Czerny, Executive VP, PRESTO

  • Tracey DeLeeuw, Commercial Technology Products Leader, Global Markets, EY

  • Laurens Lapré, CGI’s intelligent transport systems and mobility services, Netherlands

Data Privacy & Security

  • Ann Cavoukian – Three-term Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence, Ryerson University

  • Paul Haynes – President & COO, eSentire

  • Deborah Evans, Chief Privacy Officers, Rogers Communications

  • Franz Gangl, Director, Professional Services and Principal Consultant, Digital Transformation, Ricoh

Modernizing City Based Services & Civic Innovation

  • Salomon Solinas, Global Leader, Accenture Smart Cities Practice

  • Katherine Kulson, CIO, City of Brampton

  • Karthi Bala, Deputy Chief Information Officer

  • Sean Baird, Commissioner of Digital & Information Services at Region of Peel

Digital Transformation Networks

  • Jarnail Chudge, Innovation Architect, Microsoft Research (UK)

  • Geoff Eaton, Senior Solutions Architect,  Ciena (ENCQOR 5G)

  • Alison Brooks, Research Director, Smart Cities Strategies, Public Safety, IDC

IRIS attends AVIN Partnership Forum

The Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) builds upon Ontario’s position as a world-leading automotive manufacturing and supply jurisdiction in addition to the large cluster of information and communication technology companies operating in the province. Through resources such as research and development (R&D) funding, talent development, technology acceleration, business and technical supports and demonstration grounds, AVIN provides a competitive advantage to Ontario-based connected and autonomous vehicle (C/AV) companies – allowing Ontario to reinforce its position as a North American leader in transformative automotive technologies, as well as transportation and infrastructure systems.

More than 250 leaders from automotive and technology industries as well as small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Ontario gathered to initiate potential partnerships that will drive economic growth, create high-quality jobs and strengthen Ontario’s competitive advantage in the auto sector.

IRIS Sponsored Startup Weekend Peel and Rome Ramos

Rome Ramos, son of Emil Sylvester Ramos wins first place with Beep!
watch the video here:

https://www.facebook.com/sylvesterrrrb/videos/vb.100000453375741/2652673788091041/?type=3

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Startup Weekend event inspires several potential new businesses in Brampton

Tuesday, Nov 06 2018 
From: Brampton City Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – In an exciting and intense 54 hours this past weekend, eight businesses went from concept to potential commercialization at Brampton City Hall.

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Dragon’s Den Nicole Verkindt as one of the Judges

The City of Brampton and the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre, in partnership with Startup Peel, hosted the Peel Region Internet of Things (IoT) Techstars Global Startup Weekend 2018 from November 2-4, where over 100 designers, developers, marketers and entrepreneurs – more than half of them from Brampton - came together to share ideas, form teams and create tech startups. 

Twenty-four innovative individuals from across Peel Region kicked off the weekend by pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges. Eight of those ideas were selected, and participants, coaches and mentors collaborated around them over the weekend, aiming to turn initial business ideas into Minimum Viable Products (MVP) and services.

A major highlight from the weekend was when renowned entrepreneur Nicole Verkindt, Founder of Offset Market Exchange (OMX) and the newest “Dragon” on CBC’s Next Gen Den spoke about the importance of innovation on pitch night. Verkindt was joined by Financial Services Executive and Advisor for Startups Preeti Malik, Founder and Catalyst Bryan Li and Founder of Purposeful Selling Jean Nickerson to judge the business concepts generated over the weekend.

First place: beep

Several Brampton residents were part of the winning team that built a fully operational smart alarm clock prototype that utilizes IoT technology. The goal? To physically wake the sleeper and get them out of bed, ensuring you wake up on time, the first time, every time. 

The team included Parmveer Bola, Priyadarshini Saha, Jacqueline Truong, Muqeeth Khan and Rome Ramos. Fun fact: two of these five team members are under 14 years old.

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