When Dr. Robert Laganière, professor at uOttawa’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science developed an intelligent video surveillance system, he knew it had the potential to change the field of video surveillance. He did not know, however, that in a few short years, global consumer electronics company Samsung would be distributing it through the latest version of their home monitoring camera.
With the help of the University of Ottawa’s Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise office, Dr. Laganière secured prototype and commercialization funding from the Ottawa Technology Transfer Network, NSERC and OCE. This resulted in a start up company founded by Dr. Laganière, his students, and the University of Ottawa.
Soon after, Dr. Laganière met Charles Black, CEO of Telewatch. Together, they pursued the emerging market for consumer video monitoring and formed a new company called iWatchLife.
“The partnership with Dr. Laganière’s team enabled us to capitalize on the emerging market for home monitoring by bringing to market one of the first cloud based monitoring systems that you could access from any device” says Charles Black.
iWatchLife provides consumers with the power to monitor their property and their loved ones from almost anywhere, with little cost, and by focussing their attention only to activities that are of greatest concern to them. This includes alerting people to things like medical emergencies or break-ins at their home.
As of 2013, professor Laganière works as chief scientist at iWatchLife. The company has 15 employees, the majority of them being graduates of uOttawa and several from Dr Laganière’s lab. In addition, the iWatchLife Smart Event Detection product is touching many lives as it is being distributed around the world through a partnership with Samsung.
The iWatchLife story shows the direct impact that academic research can have on industry and society. The University of Ottawa’s Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise office is set up specifically to help companies access technology and build lasting relationships with researchers such as Professor Laganière. In developing such partnerships, companies have a valuable resource to help them adapt to change and grow into emerging market opportunities.
For more information on Robert Laganière’s research visite http://www.site.uottawa.ca/~laganier/research.html
To see how you can benefit from Smart Event Detection, visit the iWatchLife website at www.iwatchlife.com
Other technologies available for license from the University of Ottawa can be viewed at the Global Technology Portal http://gtp.autm.net/network/university-of-ottawa/technology/index