General Dynamics Canada, Halogen Software and Mitel are among the local companies announcing new agreements.
Ottawa-based defence electronics contractor General Dynamics Canada has formed a partnership with weapons manufacture Colt Canada to develop a rifle with smartphone capabilities. The system, which was announced in early December, will be based around the Android platform and use off-the-shelf commercial components. It is intended to provide data, including GPS, to soldiers through their rifles.
Several talent-management products developed by Ottawa’s Halogen Software (TSX: HGN) are now being used by NASCO, an Atlanta-based company that provides IT services and claims processing for Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance providers. NASCO is currently using Halogen’s employee appraisal and succession planning programs. The company is also planning to roll-out Halogen’s e-learning platform.
Ottawa company Mitel Solutions (TSX:MNW) will have its Internet-based communication systems set up at a new hospital in Metz, France. Mitel products will also be used to link and centralize communications functions between the new hospital and the two other hospitals run by Metz Private Hospitals. Included in the deal are Mitel-developed VoIP phones, a central switchboard and call centre for the three hospitals.