OAKVILLE, Nov 15, 2017 – Oakville-based tech company, The Sky Guys, has teamed up with NVIDIA, IBM, and the University of Toronto to develop an artificial intelligence-enabled drone solution to monitor and manage Ontario’s 400-series highways. The group was awarded a $750,000 grant from the Government of Ontario’s inaugural Small Business Innovation Challenge (SBIC) in August to help the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) solve the vehicle occupancy detection challenge, beginning with High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV)/High-Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes.
Haltech Regional Innovation Centre, which provides free business advisory services to early-stage technology companies in the Halton Region, supported The Sky Guys’ proposal for the SBIC funding opportunity because they believed their technology solutions and highly skilled team were well-suited to tackle the problem. The Sky Guys have worked with Haltech’s Entrepreneurs-In-Residence Bruno Maruzzo and Vincent Mifsud to access investment and grant funding opportunities, and help expand their network of potential customers and partners. “It’s been a pleasure working with The Sky Guys who are smart and ambitious entrepreneurs and leverage many leading-edge technologies to achieve their goals”, says Rina Carlini, President and CEO of Haltech.
Earlier in 2017 The Sky Guys were nominated by Haltech for the prestigious Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards, where they among the top three finalists for the Greater Toronto Area, and placed in the top 30 across Canada.Tom Hanson, COO of the Sky Guys said, “Haltech has been enthusiastic about introducing us to their extensive network of investors and partners, which have contributed to our accomplishment in several financial raises and business development efforts.”
About the Sky Guys: The Sky Guys are Canada’s leading solution providers and technology developers in the UAV / Drone industry. Their team of world class engineers, data scientists and advanced technologists continually break the mold by providing clients with new insights and innovative applications. The Sky Guys offers specialized UAV services to over 600 clients, using a unique approach to capture data, aerial video and photography, infrastructure inspection and 3D mapping.
About Haltech: Haltech is at the nexus of the Halton Region’s innovation ecosystem, working with technology companies to accelerate innovation for business growth. Since beginning their operations in 2011, Haltech has supported over 700 tech startups and entrepreneurs in region and adjacent communities. Haltech supports technology-based companies and entrepreneurs functioning in the following sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Digital Media & ICT, Internet-of-Things, Clean Technology, Life Sciences & Healthcare IT, and Financial Tech.