19 May 2015 Road to the TIAs: Technology Award Finalists
Last week we highlighted the Technology Impact Award Finalists for the Company Awards. This week, we’re featuring the finalists for the Technology Awards, which are separated into three categories: Most Promising Pre-Commercial Technology, Excellence in Product Innovation, and Adoption of Technology.
Most Promising Pre-Commercial Technology
Arius Technology is a leader in laser-based optical scanning systems for three-dimensional digitization of physical objects used in documentation, inspection, reverse engineering and 3D printing. Its flagship product, the Arius3D® Identik™ 300R auto-synchronized spot laser scanner, is the only 3D scanner using direct laser color measurement to quantify and collect points containing both geometry and color. Arius is a privately held Canadian company headquartered in Vancouver, BC.
Axine Water Technologies
Axine has developed a breakthrough, low-cost, chemical-free solution for treating high concentrations of complex, toxic organics and ammonia in industrial wastewater solving a multi-billion dollar problem for large companies in a wide range of industries. Its energy-efficient, scalable system treats recalcitrant and non-biodegradable organics and some inorganics (up to 10,000 mg/L COD) at lower cost than conventional solutions while producing no waste. And due to its simple, modular design, it seamlessly ‘plugs into’ existing treatment plants, targeting specific pain points without disruption to current processes.
ZincNyx Energy Solutions
ZincNyx Energy Solutions, Inc. is a Canadian company that is developing a modular energy storage system (ESS) designed to deliver backup power in the range of 5 kW to 1 MW over extended periods of time. This innovative regenerative zinc-air flow battery can be scaled from kilowatt to megawatt range to provide energy firming for renewables (solar and wind), energy storage for remote microgrids, commercial and industrial applications, as well as more traditional battery backup usage.
Excellence in Product Innovation
Delta-Q Technologies develops and supplies battery chargers to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of electric vehicles and industrial equipment. Delta-Q’s unique blend of engineering capability in high efficiency power electronics and embedded software design delivers innovative battery charging solutions to meet the evolving needs of its customers. With more than a million vehicles and industrial machines already using its products, Delta-Q’s innovation is enabling the widespread adoption of environmentally friendly electric drive systems. Delta-Q was founded in 1999 and is a privately held company located in Vancouver, Canada.
At iQmetrix, we are passionate about retail. Our purpose is to create great experiences for retailers, their employees and the end consumer. Our products bridge the gap between physical and virtual retail channels, offering the latest in retail management and customer experience technology. XQ Interactive Retail brings elements of online and mobile shopping experiences into the physical store to engage and educate shoppers during the purchase process. RQ Retail Management is a modular system for managing all aspects of a store chain operation, including POS, ERP, inventory and HR. Founded in 1999, iQmetrix is a privately-held software as a service (SaaS) company with offices in Canada, the U.S. and Australia.
SunCentral, began operations in 2010 to create a new era in the lighting industry and is the leading supplier of premium hybrid lighting and daylighting products for office, healthcare and retail facilities. SunCentral has a presence in Los Angeles, Santa Clara, and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Tantalus provides a two-way, real-time data communications network platform to monitor and control electric, gas and water utilities. TUNet® – the Tantalus Utility Network – is an end-to-end WAN/LAN/HAN communications system that operates with 220 MHz RF, 900 MHz RF, and IP-based networks including Fiber, WiMAX and GPRS/cellular, either individually or in combination. TUNet’s patented and patents pending technologies are purpose built for the Smart Grid and unite utility applications through distributed computing capability. The result is near real-time advanced metering, outage management, power quality monitoring, load control, and distribution automation applications that are both cost-effective and practical to deploy throughout urban and rural service areas.
Adoption of Technology
Through a highly collaborative process, Domain7 creates innovative, empathetic digital experiences that help organizations grow and communities connect. Domain7’s process is designed to change clients for the better, by bringing empathy and human-centered thinking to everything Domain7 does including business, brand and strategy marketing, digital design, content creation, workshops and facilitation, web platforms and systems integration.
Earls Kitchen + Bar is one of North America’s most successful independent restaurant groups, currently with 63 restaurants: 58 of those in Canada and 5 in the United States. In the fall of 2015 Earls will expand to Washington DC and Chicago. Earls Restaurants Ltd. is a family owned operation started by Montana native Leroy Earl “Bus” Fuller. The first Earls opened in Edmonton in 1982. Still owned (and never franchised) by Bus and his sons, Earls Kitchen + Bar is operated by eldest son Stan Earl Fuller.
Rainforest Automation is a private corporation based in Vancouver, BC that designs, manufactures, and deploys transformational products that enable utilities and customers to better manage and control their energy usage. The company is an industry leader in bringing the utility data stream to the customer, and in integrating entire families of connected devices and cloud services.
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Traction on Demand
Traction is a cloud-based technologies consulting and software development firm with unparalleled expertise in using the Salesforce.com platform to transform business processes. We work to make people more efficient, eliminate redundancy and ultimately increase our customer’s bottom line. Traction is headquartered in Burnaby, BC with another office in Montreal. Traction is one of the first 100 certified B Corporations in Canada and the only certified B Corp Salesforce.com Cloud Alliance partner in the country. In April of 2015, Traction was named a top ten Place to Work in Canada.
Canlan Ice Sports
Canlan Ice Sports Corp is the North American leader in the development, operations and ownership of multi-purpose recreation and entertainment facilities. We are the largest private sector owner and operator of recreational ice sports facilities in North America and currently own and/or manage 20 facilities in Canada and the United States with over 70 surfaces including ice rinks as well as soccer fields, ball diamonds, curling rinks and volleyball courts.
To see past winners from each of these categories, visit the TIAs Winner’s Circle, and stay tuned as we highlight the finalists of our Personal Recognition Awards next week.
To see our full list of finalists, or to download a copy of the official release, click here.
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