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Futurebound Corp. partners with the University of Toronto to develop Wi-Fi Connected Vehicle technology
January 19, 2017 – Futurebound Corp. receives an Innovation and Productivity grant from Ontario Centres of Excellence and a Collaborative Research and Development Grant from NSERC to jointly pursue cutting-edge research on Vehicle Tracking and Identification with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UofT.
The research grant from Ontario Centres of Excellence will allow industry innovators Futurebound Corp. and Resertrac Inc. to partner with Professor Shah-Rokh Valaee and his research group (WIRLAB) at the University of Toronto to develop a pioneering vehicle communication, identification and tracking system using Wi-Fi technology.
Vehicle communication and tracking systems are used to collect and transmit precise locations of moving or stationary vehicles as well as real time vehicle and traffic data to the end user. Typically such systems are reliant on GPS technology which is inadequate in high speed, indoor or obstructed environments and in applications requiring precision positioning. Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) systems, such as toll transponders, are currently being used to provide patchwork solutions for vehicle tracking applications that GPS cannot support.
In a promising industry-academic collaboration, the parties will work together to develop a Wi Fi Connected Vehicle system that can be implemented in any environment. The system will run on conventional smartphones or tablets which will significantly reduce any capital costs associated with its implementation, as well as any maintenance costs related to its use. It will provide a reliable solution at sites where GPS positioning is irregular or imprecise. Additionally, it promises to be an elegant replacement of the expensive and inefficient use of DSRC systems for automatic vehicle location and identification.
The Wi-Fi Connected Vehicle system will find application in a variety of settings, including transit terminals, parking facilities, airport grounds, toll roads, shopping malls and luxury hotels, among others. The system is expected to be ready for deployment in May 2017.
About the Research Team:
Professor Shah-Rokh Valaee is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He currently serves as Associate Chair of the Department for Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Valaee’s research focuses on Signal Processing and Wireless Networks. He has a particular interest in indoor localization where GPS signal is not available.
Pavel Stoev is the lead engineer of Futurebound Corp. Pavel is a seasoned professional with over ten years of experience in an Intelligent Transportation Systems practice at a global consulting firm. In 2015, he founded Futurebound Corp. with a mission to implement the latest and most innovative developments in engineering technology into the services provided to his clients. Pavel is happy that fulfilling his company’s vision brings him back to his alma mater for this project.
Michael Sinclair is the president of Resertrac Inc. Michael has deep knowledge and expertise in the consumer market for vehicle tracking, dispatch and reservation. Resertrac Inc. has built applications for taxi and limousine companies that operate in and out of Toronto Pearson Airport. Under Mr. Sinclair’s leadership, Resertrac has developed an in-vehicle system for reservation and dispatch for the largest limousine company in Canada.
To learn more about this project, please contact:
Pavel Stoev, Futurebound Corp.
1600 – 2300 Yonge St
Toronto ON M4P 1E4
Pavel Stoev (M.Eng) is a Professional Computer Engineer (License # 100169968) with over 10 years of experience with projects involving planning, design, specifications development, procurement, deployment and integration of complex turnkey IT, Networking and Systems solutions for clients in North America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean region. Deployed projects utilize cloud computing initiatives, mobile content delivery and forward-looking hardware/software engineering principles. Prior to founding Futurebound, Pavel practiced at an international architecture, planning, engineering and technology firm.
Seasoned IT professional with 15+ years of experience delivering complex software and data solutions world-wide. Serge works on challenging software projects and builds effective teams that share passion for new technologies, effective collaboration, and professional excellence.