Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
February 8, 2018

Improving Management Solutions through Innovative Tracking Systems

The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, today toured SkyHawk Telematics, to view the progress of a project that will develop a new lower-cost asset tracking solution called TeleCollector. This is the latest in a number of technology tours of companies by representatives of the Provincial Government.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador provided $194,000 in funding towards this project, in addition to support from the Government of Canada through a non-repayable contribution of up to $325,951 from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program.

TeleCollector will be a unique innovative technology that communicates with network devices through standard interfaces like USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi. Unlike satellite or cellular transceivers, TeleCollector will not include built-in network communications capability.

By using low cost cellular devices such as Internet sticks and other network gateways, this innovative technology allows the end-user to connect to cellular devices already supported on carrier networks. This results in the end-user avoiding unnecessary cost, time to market, and obsolescence as carriers upgrade their network technology.

SkyHawk Telematics, originally incorporated as Blue Oceans Satellite Systems in 2003, provides satellite data communication and monitoring systems servicing both commercial and government clients. Its core market is fleet and asset management solutions targeted towards municipal operations, power utilities and government public works.

The Provincial Government is committed to supporting innovation and technology in the province. As part of The Way Forward vision, in the coming weeks, government will join with the technology sector in hosting a Technology Summit that will include the release of an action plan to further support the industry.

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“Working with the NL Innovation Council, government continues to foster innovation in our province, and build upon the Business Innovation Agenda. I commend SkyHawk Telematics focus on technology, while continuing to contribute to efficiency and reduced environmental impacts. This company is an innovative tech leader in our country, and this project allows it to be more competitive in an already competitive industry.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“Investing in science, technology, and innovation is essential to the growth and development of Canadian SMEs. Through support from NRC IRAP, businesses like SkyHawk Telematics are able to increase their innovation capacity and expand their technology offerings, while bringing prosperity to the local and national economy.”
George Bacioiu
Acting Executive Director, Atlantic and Nunavut region
National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program

“This project allows SkyHawk Telematics to develop a cost-effective product exactly targeted to the needs of its customer base. By building on our existing technologies, the device will increase technical capacity and additionally make our core software development more efficient.”
Paul Anderson
SkyHawk Telematics

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SkyHawk Telematics – skyhawk.co

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Media contacts
Eric Humber
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
709-729-4819, 725-9655
erichumber@gov.nl.ca

Paul Anderson
SkyHawk Telematics
709-737-2583

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