Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

March 18, 2011 17:23 ET

Edmonton Startup's Low-Cost Gas Sensor Enhances Workplace Safety

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) - An Edmonton-based startup company's low-cost but innovative sensor detects hazardous gas emissions and monitors air levels. Located in the Advanced Technology Centre at the Edmonton Research Park, PKL Technologies Inc., has improved environmental and industrial health and safety operations by developing an innovative gas monitoring product.

Specializing in tunable diode laser technology, PKL has developed a low-cost alternative for measuring gas emissions and monitoring air quality. Spectra-1, a laser gas sensor is used to detect gas emissions in industrial and agricultural operations over large areas.

By using PKL's products, companies are able to monitor air quality and working conditions for their employees. Gases measured include methane, ammonia, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen fluoride. Today, PKL's products are used to successfully monitor greenhouse gases, landfill emissions and industrial gas levels while promoting workplace health and safety.

"Edmonton Research Park provides our company with a fantastic facility that will help us grow from a small startup to a success story," says Perry Kain, president and CEO of PKL Technologies Inc. "Networking with other technology companies in the research park provides us with many opportunities to discuss new technology innovations."

Interested in growing its operations both nationally and internationally, PKL's continued efforts for improved environmental and industrial safety monitoring is its top priority. Kain says, "Effective environmental and safety monitoring is important to companies, governments and the public at large. In this day and age, we are looking for improved methods for measuring specific gases and we have developed a cost-effective product to do just that."

"It is encouraging to see PKL Technologies succeed by using all the support offered by our various partners in the government and the Regional Alliance, a collaborative network of innovation service providers. The integration and collaborative nature of these partners of the Edmonton Research Park are a key service that we are able to offer all our tenants," says Candace Brinsmead, vice president of technology advancement at Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, which manages the park. "PKL Technologies is a perfect example of a leading-edge company that is creating foundations for the future economy."

The Edmonton Research Park (ERP) houses dozens of research companies and is managed by Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC). The ERP is also a stakeholder in TEC Edmonton, a joint venture with the University of Alberta. For more information, visit www.edmonton.com Learn more about Edmonton through the stories of people who've experienced it at www.edmontonstories.ca

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