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The Cableshoppe Inc.

Monitoring Traffic Wirelessly  

traffic data processing, generation and storageWe can Google images of any address in the world. Our phones have built-in GPS systems. Our friends check in at places. And then, those places target their advertisements towards everyone in their social network.   

Everyone is on the map, whether they like it or not. While we may not need to know where our friends are at all times, real-time localization technologies have many practical applications in today’s economy.

The Cableshoppe (CSI) Inc. is a Toronto-based company specializing in telecommunications servicing to broadband providers and manufacturers. Its main goal is to provide customers with innovative localization technologies so they can keep ahead of market growth.

Dr. Kemal Ozdemir is the vice-president of Engineering at CSI. After doing his own market research he decided he wanted to use available wireless infrastructure to implement advanced wireless location techniques in order to monitor real-time traffic. That way, drivers could make an educated choice about their route and theoretically cut down on their travel time.

As CSI is a small company, Dr. Ozdemir said his team lacked the expertise in localization technologies they needed to develop the algorithm. “We needed an efficient, accurate algorithm and someone to be dedicated to doing the analysis,” he said.

This need resulted in a project collaboration with Dr. Shahram ShahbazPanahi, associate professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at UOIT.

To cover the costs of the project, they sought funding. They were awarded with a grant from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) through its Applied Research and Commercialization (ARC) Initiative. ARC aims to accelerate innovation and improve productivity for globally competitive southwestern Ontario companies with fewer than 1,000 employees. FedDev Ontario accomplishes this by providing funding to universities so faculty and students can work directly with industry businesses on innovative projects.

headshot of Shahram ShahbazPanahiDue to the funding from FedDev Ontario, they were able to hire a post-doctorate fellow and a graduate student to do research and work with the coding for the algorithm and evaluate the results. 

Dr. ShahbazPanahi said the collaboration was important for his research and his students because it provided them with industry experience. “Cableshoppe shared knowledge with us about how the networks work, which we didn’t know,” he said.

He adds that this algorithm, if developed and commercialized, has the potential to have a positive impact on the industry as well as society. “More communication between cars can reduce traffic, which can reduce accidents and save lives. It’s a small solution that helps with a larger problem,” he said.

Dr. Ozdemir agrees. He said that using data concerning the location of people, as well as the routes they take, is very valuable and can have many applications.“Once the knowledge is available to you, you can draw many things from it. Our main goal was traffic, but you could use it to determine speed restrictions, the need for stop lights and what streets may need maintenance before another.”
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