New this year, the accelerator gave select companies access to BlackBerry’s smart vehicle data platform – BlackBerry IVY™, enabling them to deliver next-generation connected vehicle use cases by leveraging in-vehicle data to improve the driver and passenger experience. BlackBerry IVY is a scalable, cloud-connected software platform that enables automakers to provide a consistent and secure way to read vehicle sensor data, normalize it, and create actionable insights from that data, both locally in the vehicle and in the cloud.
Companies that make up the third cohort of the program include:
deeplite, Montreal – Deeplite provides an AI inference optimization platform for the millions of developers struggling to deploy cutting-edge AI to products in vehicles, smart cities, 5G IoT and the things we use every day by making AI smaller, faster and more energy efficient.
Crow connected, Ottawa – Raven Connected provides a complete video telematics platform that integrates a range of sensors, communication modules and direct connection to the vehicle’s on-board computer to capture images, video and other data elements. These components are integrated with ML and AI models to generate real-time information on vehicle performance, driving behaviors, road conditions and pedestrian safety.
cortek sensor, Ottawa – Sensor Cortek uses deep neural networks to develop advanced AI-based perception systems that enable reliable understanding of real-world environments. The company creates intelligent software solutions focused on advanced driver assistance and autonomous vehicles.
corner networks, Calgary – Wedge Networks is a cybersecurity software company specializing in intelligent real-time threat prevention. With multiple patents, awards, and peer-reviewed machine learning publications, Wedge’s intelligent, constantly evolving, and learning threat prevention platform protects millions of connected devices, including connected vehicles and autonomous and intelligent transport systems.
“The four companies selected for this very special acceleration program focused on BlackBerry IVY with L-SPARK represent the best of the Canadian smart mobility ecosystem. Each brings with them a wealth of talent, innovative technology and a drive to deliver high-impact data services and solutions that will one day transform the in-car experience,” said Pierre Virk, Vice President of IVY Products and Ecosystem, BlackBerry. “We look forward to working with them in the weeks and months to come and are confident that their offerings will resonate with OEMs as we continue to grow the breadth and depth of our BlackBerry IVY ecosystem.”
“The BlackBerry L-SPARK Accelerator not only propelled connected vehicle technology, but also paved the way for collaboration and partnership between participating companies and BlackBerry,” said Leo Lax, Executive General Manager at L-SPARK. “We’re thrilled to be at the forefront of innovation in connected vehicle technology alongside the incredible team at BlackBerry for the third year in a row.”
L-SPARK will once again rely on the expertise of National Research Council of Canada-Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP-NRC), to support companies involved in this program.
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THE SPARK is from Canada leading accelerator for the connected car (AV) industry as well as software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies. The accelerator offers programs focused on future innovative B2B and B2B/B2C companies, as well as targeted programs that partner with leading companies in connected medical technologies, IoT and cybersecurity.
Since the launch of their first cohort in January 2015L-SPARK Accelerated 95 Companies Across Canada who have collectively raised more than $115 million in follow-on funding. With over 10,000 investors, corporate partners and startups now in their network, L-SPARK has curated a vibrant Canadian tech community for participating companies to join.
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