CommandWear Qualifies for Build in Canada Innovation ProgramResponder Of The Future

CommandWear is very pleased to announce that its proposal to the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) was chosen from among hundreds to receive major funding for a technology pilot with a Canadian federal government department.

Administered by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), the BCIP is a unique program that supports Canadian businesses by procuring and testing their late stage innovative products and services within the federal government before they are taken to market.

Mike Morrow, CommandWear’s CEO sees the award as a vote of confidence, “It is an honour to be pre-qualified under BCIP and a testament to our mission to make our communities safer through wearable technology software solutions that empower the global public safety and security industries.”

CommandWear uses the latest mobile and wearable technology to give first responders and security personnel:

  • A real-time view of where their team members are at all times,
  • An effective inter and intra-agency communication capability that works when radios are difficult to hear or incompatible with local communications infrastructures, and
  • An accurate record of events that clearly depict what happened and where/when incidents occurred to identify opportunities for operational improvements.

Since September 30, 2014, CommandWear has been deployed by public safety and security agencies in North America to enhance their emergency response capabilities.

“With BCIP we will have the major funding support that will allow us to deploy and test our product with the Government of Canada”, continued Morrow.  “We had already received qualified interest from federal agencies prior to BCIP’s Call for Proposals but this program helps us fast-track our deployment and give us early feedback from users through field testing.  BCIP is a wonderful program for young companies in Canada and we congratulate the federal government for its support of technology innovation in Canada.”

Several recent events, such as the shootings on Parliament Hill and in New Brunswick, highlight the need to equip responders with better tools to help them not only protect our communities but also protect themselves.  One local law enforcement officer concurred, “It’s unfortunate what has occurred in Sydney in the last 24 hours, but is very predictive of what the future holds for the western world. There is a definite need for CommandWear technology as complex problems arrive on our door steps.”