An Ottawa-based startup is receiving $615,000 in funding from FedDev Ontario, one of the federal government’s regional development agencies to help it commercialize its technology focused on helping first responders.
Software startup Advance Property eXposure Canada Inc. (APX) will be putting the money towards commercializing its SmartCapture and Smartview software, which allows first responders to see building layouts and floor plans on devices when responding to emergencies. This project is estimated to create up to 15 full-time skilled job opportunities in southern Ontario.
“The endorsement of our vision allows APX to accelerate growth in North America, which will help create meaningful jobs for Canada while improving public safety.”
The announcement was made Monday by Anita Vandeneld, MP for Ottawa West—Nepean, on behalf of the Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science, and economic development, and the minister responsible for FedDev Ontario.
“The endorsement of our vision allows APX to accelerate growth in North America, which will help create meaningful jobs for Canada while improving public safety through our innovative, advanced mobile technology solutions,” said Paul Martin, CEO at APX.
APX SmartCapture will allow first responders to scrape data from existing floorplans, using technology that will reduce collection time of seven to 14 hours per building to 30 to 60 minutes.
The company’s SmartView software then distributes the data to emergency services personnel within seconds of a call, allowing first responders to receive building information that may result in a more timely response.
“I am pleased to congratulate APX on its cutting-edge technology that allows municipalities to collect data on buildings and deliver critical information effectively and efficiently to first responders in the field,” Bains said. “This project aligns with the Government of Canada’s plan to make our country a leader in innovation and create well-paying jobs from coast to coast to coast, while most importantly keeping first responders and the public safe.”
Last November, FedDev invested $264,000 into Communitech’s Fierce Founders Accelerator to support more women-led technology startups.
FedDev Ontario is accepting new projects through three different streams: the Business Scale-up and Productivity stream, the Regional Innovation and Ecosystem stream, and the Community Economic Development stream.