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Mario Toneguzzi • • Calgary Herald Cody Slater, CEO of Blackline GPS in Calgary. Photo by Stuart Gradon Stuart Gradon /.Calgary Herald

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A Calgary tech company, whose sales nearly tripled in the past year, receives a boost from the federal government after winning a $ 240,000 contract as part of the Build in Canada innovation program.

Blackline GPS, a manufacturer of security monitoring and portable tracking solutions for employees, will partner with Correctional Services Canada in Ontario to provide probation officers with approximately 100 of its Loner 900 / Loner Bridge system monitors.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday morning in Calgary, Federal Government Representative Deepak Obhrai, MP for Calgary East, said, “Amazing things can happen when you do things differently, especially with a little creativity. That’s what innovation is all about. “

He said the federal government’s program is helping Canadian companies bring innovative products from the laboratory to the market.

“Our government is helping a great Canadian company. We’re giving it a little boost, ”said Obhrai.


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“Blackline GPS is a leader in developing innovative solutions for employee safety monitoring and business tracking.”

Cody Slater, managing director of Blackline GPS, said developing technology products is a significant investment in time and investment.

“This can be extremely difficult for a small to medium-sized company,” said Slater, adding that the company values ​​the federal government’s support “immensely”.

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“There is no doubt that the impact of the BCIP program will bring us a better product that will be brought to market sooner.”

Slater said the device is the type of product that all people working with Correctional Services Canada could at some point use.

“(It) is looking for a way to protect its local people. The first test site is in Ontario. . . But they are really looking for a solution that can eventually be deployed across the country, ”said Slater.

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“The nice thing is that when you develop a product like this, the product will be used in many different applications and areas. It is used in the oil field today. It is used today in healthcare and other settings. Everyone something special and everyone something special. “

For its first quarter, which ended January 31, Blackline GPS had sales of $ 1.7 million, an increase of 153 percent year over year. It was the third straight quarter of double-digit growth for the company.

The federal government’s program was launched in 2012 to stimulate businesses and bring their products and services to market. Products may be eligible for contracts up to $ 500,000 for the standard component of the program and up to $ 1 million for the military component. By March 12, 98 orders had been placed under the program.



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