December 1, 2014
Centennial College is partnering with Wavefront, Canada’s Centre of Excellence for Wireless Commercialization and Research, to provide seminar and innovation space at its Progress Campus in Toronto. An agreement signed between the two organizations will “allow entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises to tap into Wavefront’s expertise to help them bring their wireless concepts to market,” a release issued today said.
Wavefront’s Venture Acceleration Program (VAP) provides new businesses implementing wireless technologies with workshop training and hands-on support from its personnel. Centennial will also provide a “wireless zone,” that offers mobile developers a Device Rental Library to facilitate app testing over multiple platforms.
Both initiatives are designed to take advantage of the explosive growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) – all of the devices, such as home thermostats and surveillance cameras that use an Internet connection to communicate and function.
The number of connected devices in Canada is expected to grow by 30% annually over the next four years, reaching 114 million connections by 2018.
Vancouver’s Wavefront is receiving funding of up to $9.5 million over the next five years from the National Research Council Canada through the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP) to expand the reach and capacity of its programs aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises in the mobile and IoT sectors.