Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

March 16, 2015 13:00 ET

Harper Government Supports Canadian Blackline GSP Corp. in Calgary, Alberta

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - March 16, 2015) - Public Works and Government Services Canada

The Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Member of Parliament for Calgary East, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, is pleased to announce that Public Works and Government Services Canada has awarded a contract to Blackline GPS Corp. of Calgary, Alberta under the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) for their Loner 900 / Loner Bridge System.

Blackline's Loner 900 / Loner Bridge System monitors the personal safety of those who wear it. It allows employers to track in real time whether their workers are safe, even if they are completely out of sight. The Loner 900 is a portable unit that communicates with the Loner Bridge System at up to a distance of eight kilometres. If a person wearing the Loner 900 is injured in a fall, the Bridge is signalled and it then alerts the personnel who are monitoring that help is needed. What's unique about this technology is that it works in areas that are beyond the confines of cell phone coverage. In fact, it is built to work anywhere in the world. The innovation will be tested by Correctional Services Canada. The value of this contract is $238,938.

The BCIP helps Canadian businesses get their cutting-edge goods and services from the lab to the marketplace. Successful sales translate into jobs, and jobs lead to prosperity for hard-working Canadians and their families. This program is just one of the many ways the Government of Canada supports small and medium businesses across Canada.

Quick Facts

  • The BCIP was created in 2012 to help kick-start businesses and move their cutting-edge products and services from the lab to the marketplace.
  • Products can be eligible for contracts up to $500,000 under the program's standard component, and up to $1 million under the military component.
  • As of March 12, 2015, 98 contracts have been awarded under the BCIP, bringing Canadian companies one step closer to selling to domestic and international markets.

Quotes

"Our Government remains focused on what matters to Canadians-jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. The Build in Canada Innovation Program is kick-starting businesses across Canada and right here in Calgary by helping to get their products from the lab to the marketplace."

The Honourable Diane Finley
Minister of Public Works and Government Services

"Companies like Blackline GPS Corp. from Calgary are the backbone of our local economy. Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, our government is helping them get their cutting-edge goods and services from the lab into domestic and international markets."

The Honourable Deepak Obhrai
Member of Parliament for Calgary East

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Contact Information

  • Marcel Poulin
    Office of the Honourable Diane Finley
    819-997-5421

    Media Relations
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    819-956-2315