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March 15, 2016

Catering with a Conscience

As a successful business that caters thousands of meals each year, Café Belong found that the potential for waste was very high. While plastic single serving cups and utensils are convenient in the moment, they can live on for decades in landfills. A large proportion of conventional single serve food ware materials is also derived from petroleum, a limited natural resource. Café Belong wanted to switch to compostable, bio-based food service ware as an alternative to disposable plastic. The company came to George Brown College’s Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies to find a way to produce fully edible, biodegradable... Read more
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March 15, 2016

MADD About Craft-Brewed Lager

The idea for an authentic-tasting but alcohol-free lager was conceived by a Toronto company that sells a full line of alcohol-free drinks and donates a portion of net sales to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada. To help develop MADD Virgin Craft-Brewed Lager, the company tapped into the expertise of the Canadian Food & Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre at Niagara College. The research team developed a unique recipe, finding a way to eliminate all alcohol, while maintaining the flavours and aromas associated with a good lager. Researchers then tested the recipe through consumer taste-testing panels. As a result, MADD... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Crop Inputs – Are there economic limits?

Does a producer’s net profit increase continually each time more inputs are added to the crop? This question is the focus of a four-year research project about field crop input intensity initiated at Lakeland College in May 2014. The goal of the study is to develop field-scale data on the benefits of adding crop inputs at various levels and managing the plots using a typical crop rotation. Plots were established on Lakeland’s student-managed farm land, with replications on the land of three local producers. The same plots will be used for the next four years. One of the local producers,... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Raising Fish to Grow Good Gardens

The results of one of Lethbridge College’s most delicious applied research projects can be found in restaurants throughout southern Alberta – produce grown in a greenhouse on the college’s campus. This produce is grown using an innovative combination of aquaponics and aquaculture. Aquaculture and aquaponics are exciting developments in agriculture where fish and plants are cultivated together in a growing system with re-circulating water that produces plants year-round safely and efficiently. The novel system also enhances growth rates of greenhouse crops. The plants are seeded each March and nurtured by a water supply provided by fish. The water is then... Read more
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March 14, 2016

A Precision Watering System for Turfgrass

Urban lawn watering is the single largest water demand on municipal water supplies. An Alberta company developing irrigation technology recognized that water scarcity and a need for greater irrigation efficiency could provide a market opportunity. Olds College was approached by the company, 1318552 Alberta Limited, and asked to test its novel turfgrass irrigation system for residential and commercial applications. The computer-generated program alters the flow of water to the head depending on the shape and size of areas to be watered. This system requires fewer irrigation heads and less underground piping, which would reduce installation costs. Through its partnership with... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Smart Sheep Help with Feed Research

A group of 80 lambs participated in a research trial at Lakeland College in the summer of 2014 and collected their own data! The lambs, fitted with individual radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, were given the task of comparing two different rations for the finishing period before slaughter. The GrowSafe feeding system in the Livestock Research Centre at Lakeland College collected data about the amount of feed each lamb consumed daily, as well as their individual eating behaviour patterns. The experiment was conducted for Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Susan Markus, a Livestock Research Scientist with Alberta Agriculture, designed the... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Making Technology Accessible for Wheelchair Users

People with mobility issues often have difficulties using smart phones and other common electronic devices. In an attempt to meet this need, a small Toronto technology start-up has developed a set of open software and hardware tools called Tecla that facilitates access to electronic devices for people with mobility impairments. Komodo Open Labs (KOL) envisioned a user-friendly Bluetooth interface device that would give individuals with special needs access to commercial smart phones. But the goal went further: the company wanted to make it smaller, mountable, and lower-cost, letting more people join the conversation. The device had to be easy to... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Cloud-based Software for Connected Wellness

Seneca College’s Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) and NexJ, a leading provider of cloud-based software for customer relationship management, have been working together on projects since 2009. The partnership began with Seneca developers creating several software adapters to enable the connection of the NexJ Express Server to implemented databases. Impressed with the centre’s work, NexJ approached its researchers again when they started working on expanding NexJ Connected Wellness, a cloud-based platform for empowering patients to manage their own health and wellness. Using Bluetooth technology, CDOT researchers created mobile applications that would enable medical devices to transfer data directly... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Nurses Test New Operating Room Control System

Computerized monitoring systems are used in all operating rooms in Canadian hospitals. But how would nurses respond to the graphic user interface design of the new system? An Ontario company specializing in innovative audio and video solutions for the medical marketplace developed a new touch screen interface for its operating room control system, and asked Centennial College researchers to help them test it. Because the college trains nurses and has a simulated operating room, it was able to help OASYS Healthcare test the interface using students as well as working nurses. Beyond assisting with the company’s evaluation, this gave students... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Technology Cuts Paramedic Response Time

“In a medical emergency, seconds count,” says Terence Kuehn, CEO of Interdev Technologies. Interdev is a leading developer of solutions for emergency medical services. One of their products is a dispatch interface for the computer tablets used by paramedics called iMedic ePCR. Using GPS positioning, the technology sends the address of a call to the tablets more quickly than current standards. “This system can cut 60 to 90 seconds off response time, so that’s a significant reduction,” says Kuehn. Centennial College Information and Communication Engineering Technology Department and Interdev have worked together to test and improve a prototype. “We wanted... Read more
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