SAINT JOHN –Two New Brunswick entrepreneurs are heading to India next month for Global Affairs Canada: Smart Cities Mission to India.
James Stewart, CEO of artificial intelligence company Eh-Eye, and Coady Cameron, CEO and founder of Fredericton-based TotalPave, are the only two New Brunswick companies out the eight chosen for the mission.
According to the Smart Cities Mission proposal, India is looking to redevelop city infrastructure and introduce smart technologies in areas such as energy, water, transportation, public safety and education. This presents an opportunity for Canadian technology companies with innovative solutions to collaborate and develop market opportunities with partners in India.
TotalPave gives pavement engineers the ability to collect standard road condition data using smartphones instead of extremely expensive high-speed data collection vans. Eh-Eye specializes in artificial intelligence software using video analytics. On the mission, both companies will have an opportunity to discuss and showcase how their work can help governments and companies increase public safety and security.
“I’m excited about this opportunity and look forward to finding a collaborator who understands the value of what this kind of technology could mean for people and public safety. Smart security needs to be part of the smart cities of the future. Eh-Eye can lead the way,” said Stewart, in a news release.
TotalPave CEO Coady Cameron says he will be going to India with the company’s vice-president of business development and former Fredericton mayor Brad Woodside.
“An emerging market like India is fertile ground for a technology like TotalPave because we can give jurisdictions a low-cost option for collecting the data they need to effectively manage their booming infrastructure,” Cameron said in an email. “We are excited to learn more about their business practices and culture on this trade mission, and look forward to solidifying relationships with local partners that will allow us to enter the market. It will also be a great opportunity to represent the Canadian Smart Cities community as a whole, showcasing some great technologies that are coming out of this country.”
Participants will be going to Delhi and Bangalore as part of the trip from February 5 to 11.