Aeryon Labs, Inc. engages in the design, development, manufacture, and support of advanced small unmanned aerial vehicles and related systems. It provides Aeryon Scout, an autonomous hovering aerial system that allows operators to capture high resolution imagery and real-time digital video from aerial vantage points, as well as offers point-and-click autonomous map-based navigation through a touch-screen user interface. The company also offers battery systems for high-power and high charge-density applications; and digital imaging systems. It serves first responders, police, engineering, news and media, research, security, and military markets. Aeryon Labs, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is based in Waterloo, Canada. [source]
Harper Government Helps to Kick Start Canadian Entrepreneurial Businesses in Waterloo February 3 2012 | Government of Canada
WATERLOO, Ontario, February 3, 2012 — Peter Braid, Member of Parliament (Kitchener—Waterloo), on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced the pre-qualification of Aeryon Labs, Inc.’s innovation, the Aeryon Scout micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), in the second round of the Government of Canada’s Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP). Through this pilot program, the Government of Canada is helping Canadian businesses get their innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace.
“Our government is focused on creating conditions to promote jobs and economic growth,” said Minister Ambrose. “That is why we’re committed to supporting Canadian entrepreneurs who help to keep the Canadian economy moving.”
“Supporting Canada’s economy is our number one priority, and today’s announcement is great news for the workers at Aeryon Labs, Inc. said MP Braid. “Our Government is putting its support behind their innovation designed right here in Waterloo and bringing them one step closer in moving their innovations into domestic and international markets.”
Aeryon Labs Inc.’s innovation, the Aeryon Scout micro-UAV, is designed to be flown by anyone with only a few minutes of training through simple point-and-click, map-based navigation and automated flight safety features. From a small case or backpack, the Scout can be assembled in seconds without tools and operates in extreme weather and environments. With its small size and advanced capabilities, the Aeryon Scout is targeted at a range of civilian and military applications in aerial imaging and intelligence.
“This is a vote of confidence from the Government of Canada to small enterprises and a boost to our local economy. This program is great news for us,” said Chuck Lownie, VP Sales, Aeryon Labs.
The CICP is a $40-million pilot program launched as part of the Economic Action Plan. Successful companies may see their pre-commercial products and services tested within government operations, and will be given relevant feedback from participating departments.
CICP demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to building the jobs and industries of the future by creating the conditions for continued success of industries that are the foundation of Canada’s prosperity.
In total, 27 innovations from Canadian companies pre-qualified for funding under the CICP’s first round and 36 innovations under the second round.
The CICP is managed by PWGSC’s Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, whose mandate is to improve accessibility to government procurement opportunities for small and medium enterprises. Launched as part of the Government of Canada’s Budget 2010, the CICP is a new initiative to promote Canada’s economic growth.
For the complete list of the successful innovations, please refer to the backgrounder.
For more information, please visit buyandsell.gc.ca/innovation or look for upcoming Calls for Proposals on www.merx.com. You can also contact the CICP team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the toll-free line at 1-800-811-1148 .
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Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Public Works and Government Services Canada
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You can observe what a person is carrying, a stick or a shovel, and if you get closer you can even do facial recognition, says McDonald.
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