The Living Lab initiative is one of the ways Calgary is becoming one of the most innovative and business friendly cities in Canada. The ability to develop, test and validate technology in real-world conditions supports the growth of Calgary’s tech ecosystem which is driving the new economy in the city.
The initiative – launched by The City of Calgary in partnership with Calgary Economic Development – opens up public spaces, transportation corridors, the dark fiber and LoRawan networks, water treatment plants and other assets owned by the City for the testing, validation and showcasing of technological innovation including unmanned and autonomous systems, augmented reality and virtual reality.
Companies already in or looking to come to Calgary will find a variety of testing facilities to help support their research, development and business growth.
For more on Living Lab, visit The City of Calgary page.
Lockheed Martin CDL Systems’ Hydra Fusion Tools was tested and proven at Shepard Landfill. Hydra Fusion Tools is a real-time geospatial information system which creates a 3D representation of an aerially surveyed landscape. Conventional drone surveys require hours post-flight to analyze acquired data and create 3D models. Hydra Fusion Tools simultaneously localizes and maps (SLAM) incoming video or still image feeds from the aircraft while it flies. This GIS creates a real-time 3D rendering of any site – construction zone, industrial plant, mine or farmer’s field – on commercially available hardware with no internet connection.
SAIT is currently working with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on an exciting research project that aims to effectively quantify methane emissions from oil and gas facilities. This novel project is the intersection of SAIT’s expertise in the unmanned vehicle space and industrial application of NASA’s Open Path Laser Spectrometer (OPLS) – a sensor with methane detecting capabilities. By mounting the OPLS on a UAV, Shahab Moeini of SAIT’s School of Construction, Dr. Ken Whitehead of SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services, Azzeddine Oudjehane of SAIT’s School of Construction, and five students enlisted from the Bachelor of Science Construction Project Management are pushing the boundaries of unmanned systems. Initial testing took place at Shepard Landfill and test flights are now underway at an Alberta oil and gas facility.
NovAtel, a part of Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division, has been involved with unmanned technology development since the late 1990’s and has worked with some of the world’s leading companies to develop autonomous expertise in the agricultural, automotive, and UAV markets. A NovAtel GNSS receiver was selected for integration into an autonomous shuttle designed by EasyMile, which serves as a key component to help the vehicle position itself while driving. The vehicle has been deployed in 20 countries and makes its Canadian debut this fall through a pilot project operated by The City of Calgary and Pacific Western Transportation. The shuttle will be autonomously driving passengers between the Calgary Zoo LRT and TELUS Spark during a one month trial.
Watch this video to see the shuttle in action.
AERIUM Analytics is a Canadian UAV Service provider, and a close working partner of Calgary Economic Development, specializing in UAV operations in complex environments and offering a wide range of UAV flight services, data processing and analysis and geospatial intelligence services. Together with their European partner, Clear Flight Solutions, they focus on wildlife management using the Robird® at various Canadian and European airports, as well as runway and infrastructure inspections using their expansive fleet of drones. The Robird® drone is designed to help control high risk or nuisance birds in areas such as airports, tailings ponds, waste management sites, wind energy projects and agriculture.