Collaboration to explore an innovative and scalable solution for simulating behavior of large crowds in near real-time

TORONTO – May 3, 2017 – Ryerson University’s Faculty of Science today announces a strategic partnership with Laipac Technology Inc, a leader in the development of GPS and Internet of Things (IoT) products and services. The partnership will support the development of a novel, fast and scalable technique for simulating the behavior of large crowds in near real-time. Using wearable IoT devices, event organizers will be able to manage dense crowds while also identifying the potential for stampedes and mitigating their impact.

“Improving quality of life and delivering innovative solutions to protect people are core to our mission,” says Diego Lai, Co-founder and CEO of Laipac Technology Inc. “We hope that through this partnership we can develop an intelligent and reliable system to control, predict and eliminate the possibility of stampedes during large crowd events.” Established in 1999, Laipac Technology has become a market leader in offering reliable and user friendly GPS locator devices.

Dr. Andriy Miranskyy, a researcher in quantifying and managing risk at Ryerson University says this project will introduce an innovative solution to the crowd management sector and offer new ways of managing its challenges. “We are thrilled to partner with Laipac Technology on this exciting project.”

The initiative is being funded by Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as a part of the Voucher for Innovation and Productivity Program (VIP). The VIP program helps eligible Ontario companies develop, implement and commercialize technical innovations by supporting industry-academic collaborations. Industry can leverage Ontario’s world-class academic institutions to solve business challenges, develop new products and processes, and increase productivity while advancing innovations that help to build and sustain Ontario's knowledge-based economy.

“We are pleased to support this dynamic partnership and the groundbreaking work Ryerson University and Laipac Technology are doing in the area of crowd management. This is the kind of breakthrough that can prevent tragedies and create safer environments for large groups of people to gather,” says Dr. Tom Corr, OCE’s President and CEO.

The project will be unique in providing wearable IoT devices to event organizers. Through the software developed, event organizers will be able to identify locations of people wearing trackers compatible with the software and, by predicting their movements, proactively detect probable catastrophic events. By communicating with event attendees and issuing warning messages sent through wearable devices, authorities will be able to guide peoples’ movements and prevent accidents.

Speaking on behalf of NSERC - the federal government’s principal funding agency for scientific and engineering research conducted at Canada’s universities and colleges, Dr. Andrew Sinclair, Manager, NSERC Ontario Regional Office, said: “This project represents one the latest examples of the ‘VIP1-Engage’ co-funding opportunity that NSERC and OCE launched as an innovative federal-provincial collaboration in 2013. VIP1-Engage makes it possible for researchers to access combined federal and provincial funding by way of a convenient single application. Co-funding by the two levels of government permits researchers to conduct projects with twice the resources that would normally be possible. The result is projects with broader reach and enhanced innovation impact.”

About Laipac Technology Inc.

Laipac Technology Inc. is one of the leading companies in the development of Internet of Things (IoT) products and solutions. Laipac provides an excellent IoT platform for real time asset tracking and people monitoring on LocationNow.com. Laipac Technology Inc. was founded in 1999 by two distinguished Canadian entrepreneurs, Maria C. Pacini and Diego Lai, who continuously strive for product improvements and new ideas with the purpose of bringing the best innovated products to the market. Laipac Technology Inc. is currently exporting products and solutions to over 85 countries and has received numerous awards and nominations that recognizes the excellent business achievements and visions for the future. For more information, visit: http://www.laipac.com/

About Ryerson University

Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education. With a mission to serve societal needs and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson University is home to more than 41,500 students including 2,400 master's and PhD students, 3,200 faculty and staff, and nearly 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past five years. For more information, visit: www.ryerson.ca.

About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc.

OCE drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced health, digital media and information communications, advanced manufacturing and materials, and cleantech including energy, environment and water. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario's Innovation Agenda as a member of the province's Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is made up of regional and sector-focused organizations and helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their company and create jobs. For more information, visit: http://www.oce-ontario.org/

About NSERC

Since its creation in 1978, the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has been the Government of Canada’s principal funding agency for scientific and engineering research conducted by academic researchers at Canada’s universities and colleges. NSERC works to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators -- for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency fosters Innovation by helping Canadian companies to participate and invest in research projects conducted at Canada’s universities and colleges. It also promotes and supports Discovery research, helping NSERC researchers to work at the vanguard of science and build on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence. Last, but far from least, NSERC assists in the development of the next generation of Canadian STEM research talent by providing funding to support university students in their advanced studies. For more information, visit: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/index_eng.asp


Media Contact:

Hiba El Chaarani
Faculty of Science
Ryerson University
hiba.elchaarani@ryerson.ca

TORONTO, Sept. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Look Watch is the first Internet of Things (IoT) enabled standalone smartwatch. Developed by Laipac Technology Inc. (www.laipac.com), a Canadian company based in Toronto, Ontario that is an established leader in GPS tracking and location services, it combines Laipac’s Guardian Angel Connect feature and LocationNow IoT platform, with the ability to access internet and make two-way calls without being tethered to a smartphone.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/87f6ae2d-30eb-4b6e-8058-14d5c0d82f0c

With its advanced suite of features and software, the Look Watch is a solution designed with today’s needs in mind. Some features include:

Laipac Press Release

Stunning Design
Each Look Watch is made of high-quality stainless steel, highlighted by sophisticated colour combinations that include black and gold, black and silver, gold and blue, silver and white, or rose and white.

Functions as a phone, feel the freedom
Make and receive phone calls over a cellular connection, it requires a Nano-SIM and activation through the cellular provider of your choice.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled
Wi-Fi extends your battery life, and Bluetooth connections give you the ability to pair with Bluetooth devices and accessories.

AMOLED Display with Touch-Screen
The high-resolution AMOLED display of 400 x 400 true colors, covered with anti-scratch sapphire glass and touch-screen for ease-of-use

Water Resistant
The Look Watch is IP67 rated. It is safe to wear in the rain, washing hands and any contact with water and liquid.

Voice Activated
Control the Look Watch’s apps with voice commands for a truly hands-free user experience.

Plenty of memory
16GB of storage memory and 1GB of RAM, giving you the ability to store hundreds of songs, video clips and photos.

GPS Location Technology It is fully GPS enabled, the Look Watch’s GPS capabilities are part of the watch’s hardware, Laipac’s award-winning location technology.

More than just an activity tracker
Look Watch’s Guardian Angel Connect gives you the ultimate peace of mind. You can relax knowing you and your loved ones are safe.
Laipac has built its reputation on vehicle tracking, asset monitoring and mobile healthcare devices since 1999. Laipac’s mPERS (mobile Personal Emergency Response Service) technology has been used to protect field workers, law enforcement agents, professionals, families and business executives in over 100 countries. Look Watch connects to LocationNow.com through Guardian Angel Connect feature; where at any given time, the user can freely enable or disable the Guardian Angel Connect on the LooK Watch.

SOS button
In case of emergency, one second touch on the SOS button will call pre-set fast dial numbers for voice calls. However, with a longer 3-second press it will call the user's predefined emergency numbers as well as send an SMS, and deliver GPS location data to LocationNow.com.

Heart rate monitor
Look Watch acts as an enhanced activity tracker, monitoring heart rate, steps traveled, and even showing the exact route taken. The heart rate monitor is helpful for tracking vitals when the user is ill, after an accident, or at any time.

Fall detection
Using G-sensors, the Look Watch generates an alert if a fall is detected. If it’s a false alarm, the user will only need to press the SOS button when prompted to do so, and the alert will not be sent. If the user is unable to cancel the alert, it will be sent to the device of your choosing, along with GPS coordinates and address of where the incident occurred. Upon receiving the fall alert, you can communicate directly with the user to give them reassurance that help is on the way.

Watch removal alert for patient’s use
While enabling this feature, Guardian Angel Connect will send an alert to the device of your choice if the watch is removed from the wrist. You can then initiate voice communication, call it, or physically locate it with LocationNow app.

Geo-fencing option
Customize a virtual fence to let you know when one enters or exits the perimeters you set within the LocationNow platform. Geo fences are easy to set up, and you can create up to 20 geofences to cover multiple locations.

Large Battery Capacity
460mA Li-Ion polymer battery for 1-2 days depending on the usage

The Look Watch Launch: September 12-14, 2017 in San Francisco, CA
MWC Americas is the premier mobile industry event in the Americas. The 2017 conference will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from September 12 through 14. The newest and most exciting mobile products and services will be exhibited here. Standing head-to-head with the world’s top innovators, Look Watch is making its debut. Visit our booth at South Hall S.1961 to try the LooK Watch.

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TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Laipac Technology Inc., a Toronto based Canadian company, announces today the launch of their LooK Watch on Kickstarter. LooK Watch is the first Internet of Things (IoT) standalone smartwatch with Android OS. Established in 1999, Laipac Technology Inc. is a market leader in reliable and user-friendly GPS and IoT consumer devices. “Improving quality of life and delivering innovative solutions with high quality products are core to our mission.” Quoted by the co-founder and CEO, Diego Lai.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/ecda8010-f1ce-4c10-9a3d-41a79c74ab8c

The LooK Watch is made of high-quality stainless steel with AMOLED display and sapphire glass. It is offered in six different color combinations: black gold, blue gold, rose white, black silver, blue silver, and white silver.

For a limited time, the LooK Watch is offered at 40% off its future retail price. The premium silver collection is $158 usd and the elite gold collection is $168 usd.
Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lookwatch/look-watch-first-iot-integrated-standalone-smartwa?ref=nav_search

Laipac Press Release

With its advanced suite of features and software, the LooK Watch is a solution designed with today’s needs in mind. Some features include:

  • Make and receive all phone calls from the LooK Watch itself without being paired to your cellphone.
  • It has cellular connectivity worldwide, WiFi, Bluetooth, compatibility with Android and iOS, voice activation, and it is unlocked.
  • Plenty of memory (16GB) to download, and store your songs, watch movies, shows, video clips, and store photos.
  • Through our LocationNow IoT platform you can locate LooK Watch with its safety features
  • Feel secure with its integrated SOS button and GPS features, heart rate sensor, fall detection and response system, maps, fitness and health trackers, breadcrumb trails and more.
  • Download apps through Google Play Store.
  • The longest lasting smartwatch battery life.
  • Even more exceptional features are included in the LooK Watch.

Support us in Kickstarter
Visit us in Kickstarter and search LooK Watch. Join our email list and be the first to receive product info and Kickstarter updates. We have exciting plans in the works, and we would love for you to be a part of our journey. Follow our social media platforms for more information. You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. For more information, visit: www.laipac.com

About Laipac Technology Inc.

Laipac Technology Inc. is a leading company in the development of Internet of Things (IoT) products and solutions. Laipac provides an excellent IoT platform for real time asset tracking and people monitoring on LocationNow.com. Laipac Technology Inc. was founded in 1999 by two distinguished Canadian entrepreneurs, Maria C. Pacini and Diego Lai, who continuously strive for product improvements and new ideas with the purpose of bringing the best innovated products to the market. Laipac Technology Inc. is currently exporting products and solutions to over 85 countries and has received numerous awards and nominations that recognizes the excellent business achievements and visions for the future. For more information, visit: http://www.laipac.com/

Laipac Technology Inc.
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TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Laipac Technology Inc., a Toronto based Canadian company, has released their new product LooK Watch, an IoT enabled smartwatch with cellular connectivity. This campaign is ongoing and has already reached over 240% of the original funding goal. To show their gratitude, Laipac is giving all supporters free Sport HD Bluetooth earphones with any order of 1 LooK Watch or more. Orders for this beautiful smartwatch are available on Kickstarter campaign until October 31st. Don´t miss this opportunity to have your very own LooK Watch at 40% off retail price.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/bf535389-ac9b-4bd8-b732-27d34d454b31

Laipac Press Release

The LooK Watch is an unique standalone smartwatch with enabled Personal Emergency Response Services. It has the following features:

  • Stainless Steel Frame with Gold and Silver Plating
  • AMOLED Display (400x400 pixels) of 1.4” with Sapphire Glass
  • IP67 Water Resistant, high definition water resistant speaker and microphone
  • Worldwide cellular connectivity, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and it is unlocked
  • Quad-core processor of 1.3GHz, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage
  • Compatibility with Android and iOS
  • Heart rate sensor, step count, motion sensor, fall detection, and watch removal sensor
  • Has email, SMS, directing calling, voice mail, and internet browser
  • Store photos, videos, shows, movies, stream and download music
  • Integrated SOS button and accident response system, maps, fitness and health trackers, medicine reminders, breadcrumb trails and customize geofences for safety applications
  • Voice search, voice alerts and reminders, find my device, calendar, file manager, and weather
  • Download apps from Google Play Store
  • The longest lasting smartwatch battery with up to 3 days of battery life
  • Supports: English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Italian, Danish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and with more languages coming soon.

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Join our email list and be the first to receive product info updates. We have exciting plans in the works, and we would love for you to be a part of our journey. Follow our company website and social media platforms for more information. For more information, visit: www.laipac.com. You can also find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.


About Laipac Technology Inc.
Laipac Technology Inc. is a leading company in the development of Internet of Things (IoT) products and solutions. Laipac provides an excellent IoT platform for real time asset tracking and monitoring on LocationNow.com. Laipac Technology Inc. was founded in 1999 by two distinguished Canadian entrepreneurs, Maria C. Pacini and Diego Lai, who continuously strive for product improvements and new ideas with the purpose of bringing the best innovated products to the market. Laipac Technology Inc. is currently exporting products and solutions to over 100 countries and has received numerous awards and nominations that recognizes the excellent business achievements and visions for the future. For more information, visit: http://www.laipac.com/

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TORONTO, November 15, 2017 – Laipac Technology Inc., a leader in the development of Internet of Things (IoT) products and services, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding under the Small Business Innovation Challenge (SBIC) program delivered by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) on behalf of the Government of Ontario.

SBIC is being funded by the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth to help SMEs launch their innovations from the idea stage to globally competitive products and services, using public sector challenges as a platform for testing, developing, and demonstrating innovative technology solutions. Helping businesses innovate while enhancing government services for people across the province is part of Ontario government’s plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Laipac is participating in SBIC in response to the Vehicle Occupancy Detection Problem Statement issued by Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation, and announced by the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth in a news release on November 9. SBIC will support the development of technologies that will detect how many people are in vehicles using high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes to ensure that vehicles with more than one occupant are not inadvertently billed or fined.

The Laipac project combines IoT solutions with real-time identification methods for high-occupancy vehicles travelling on High-Occupancy Vehicles Toll (HOVT) lanes, and provides evidence for billing single-occupancy vehicles travelling in HOVT lanes. This IoT solution is called iHOS network.


Quotes:
"Laipac is honoured to be selected by OCE to develop the technologies to detect the single- and high-occupancy vehicles travelling on HOV lane in provincial highways. Our proposed IoT solution will require zero infrastructure investment and is expandable to be compatible with existing tolling technologies. We look forward to being a part of the economic growth of our province."
- Diego Lai, CEO of Laipac Technology Inc.

“Governments need the transformative technology and innovation that start-ups can provide. This challenge is a great way to encourage businesses here in Ontario to develop solutions that can help us better serve Ontarians, while testing ideas they can ultimately export to the global market.”
- Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Growth and Development

“Supporting innovative Ontario-based companies and helping people in their everyday lives is truly a win-win proposition. The companies that compete in this challenge have an opportunity to use it as a launch pad for global opportunities while also strengthening Ontario’s position as a global leader in innovation.”
- Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

"OCE is proud to deliver the Small Business Innovation Challenge on behalf of the Ontario government. The program will support Ontario-based, technology-driven SMEs in their mission to develop and test innovative technology solutions for public sector challenges. I would like to congratulate the successful applicants and I look forward to seeing their products and services grow."
- Tom Corr, President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)


About Laipac Technology Inc.
Laipac Technology Inc. is one of the leading companies in the development of Internet of Things (IoT) products and solutions. Laipac provides an excellent IoT platform for real time asset tracking and people monitoring on LocationNow.com. Laipac Technology Inc. was founded in 1999 by two distinguished Canadian entrepreneurs, Maria C. Pacini and Diego Lai, who continuously strive for product improvements and new ideas with the purpose of bringing the best innovated products to the market. Laipac Technology Inc. is currently exporting products and solutions to over 100 countries and has received numerous awards and nominations that recognizes the excellent business achievements and visions for the future. For more information, visit: http://www.laipac.com/


About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc.
OCE drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced health, digital media and information communications, advanced manufacturing and materials, and cleantech including energy, environment and water. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario's Innovation Agenda as a member of the province's Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is made up of regional and sector-focused organizations and helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their company and create jobs. For more information, visit: http://www.oce-ontario.org/

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Laipac Technology Inc.
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