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FedDev Ontario supports innovative safety technology

$187,500-contribution helps Ottawa start-up bring portable surveillance device to global markets and create eight new jobs


SmartCone is an IoT-based safety and monitoring solution for securing vulnerable and hazardous zones, large and small.

In an increasingly digital and connected world, the Government of Canada is supporting start-ups, such as Ottawa-based SmartCone Technologies Inc., that are using innovation to develop products to protect the safety of Canadians. 

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced a FedDev Ontario contribution of $187,500 to SmartCone Technologies Inc. to accelerate market entry of TheSmartCone™—a portable surveillance and Internet of Things device, containing multiple sensors with embedded software, housed inside any object, such as a traffic cone or utility box.

Warning system increases public safety

“As the economy evolves to become increasingly knowledge-based, it is important that we encourage Canada’s competitiveness by supporting companies that are at the forefront of this digital transformation,” says Bains.

The high-tech detection and early warning system of TheSmartCone™ uses flashing lights, audio and visual messages, posted to traffic signs to alert the public. This warning system increases public safety by sharing pertinent on-the-ground information in many situations including controlling bicycle lane traffic, managing vehicle fleets, monitoring traffic incident scenes, asset tracking, crowd control, site security surveillance and more.

FedDev Ontario’s investment will allow the company to enhance key features of TheSmartCone™ and expand its presence to new markets. In addition, eight new full-time jobs will be created in the Ottawa region.

“Thanks to support from FedDev Ontario, we are growing our Canadian-built business to offer more jobs and bring advanced safety technologies to Canada and across the globe,” Jason Lee, CEO, SmartCone Technologies.