Calgary: A hub for aerospace and logistics tech

May 11, 2021
Aerospace & Logistics New Economy
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Calgary Economic Development’s Transportation and Logistics Value Proposition Development report explores the city’s position as a leader in the global movement of goods and people and opportunities for growth.

As Western Canada’s inland port and home to the country’s second busiest airport for air cargo flights, Calgary is emerging as a centre for innovation in aerospace and logistics technology. A community of local companies are driving advancements in autonomous systems and related technologies that make transportation, logistics, and warehousing faster, smarter and more efficient.

With the acceleration of the ecommerce supply chain, this nascent local cluster is seeing growing demand and opportunities for companies in related fields such as electronics, satellites, data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), high-value manufacturing and more.

Listed below are just a few of the companies blazing a path forward in Calgary’s transportation and logistics sector. The innovators that follow reflect Calgary’s signature entrepreneurial spirit and the vision for Calgary in our economic strategy, Calgary in the New Economy: to be the destination of choice for the best entrepreneurs who embrace innovation to solve global challenges.

AERIUM Analytics is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) provider pioneering new ways to keep airports safe. It is developing Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) technologies for defense and aerospace applications and is focused on software development to pull more value out of data from the sky.

AltaML recognizes AI as a game changer for business. Using a co-development model with clients in many industries, including supply chain, it builds transformational software powered by machine learning. The company was recently named one of Canada’s Companies-to-Watch in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Awards.

Attabotics reinvents supply chains through 3D robotic goods-to-person storage, retrieval and real-time order fulfillment. A goods to person system can be deployed in smaller spaces, providing industry leading throughput and an opportunity to redefine the warehouse space from large, hub and spoke systems, to small, agile, nodal delivery stations.

Hexagon is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated global positioning solutions. Its Autonomy and Positioning division, based in Calgary, is a reason why the city is regarded as an international hub for geomatics engineering. It combines data and distance measurements from satellites, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), RADAR (Radio Detection and Ranging), and cameras to tell autonomous vehicles — in air, land, and sea — their speed and precise location.  

ZeroKey’s Smart Space technology is a real-time tracking system that flips industrial workflow theory on its head. The position data it generates is used in a variety of applications such as workflow automation, inventory tracking, and health and safety. No other technology in the market offers the combination of wide-area and millimetre-level 3D tracking, which has positioned this Calgary-based company as a main player on the global stage of technology development.

Building on a legacy in the international movement of goods and people – with talent that’s innovative and entrepreneurial – Calgary is a city to watch for industry-leading aerospace and logistics technology. 

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