Who’s doing deals in Ottawa?

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International Datacasting Corp., QNX Software Systems and Lumenera Corp. are among the local companies announcing new agreements.

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A Brazilian radio network has purchased a content distribution system from Ottawa-based International Datacasting Corp. (TSX:IDC). IDC says it has delivered the STAR Pro Audio Solution to Transamerica Radio, a São Paulo-based nationwide radio network. The system allows for a single signal to be transmitted directly to multiple stations via satellite, with the ability for individual stations to sub-in local ads and other content. The system is to be used for the broadcast of the World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil this summer and the 2016 Summer Olympics, which are also taking place in Brazil.

Ottawa’s QNX Software Systems will provide the operating system for a new line of robot vacuums. The vacuums, developed by California-based Neato Robotics, will use QNX’s Neutrino OS as their software platform. "To maneuver reliably around pets, furniture, staircases, and other household objects, our autonomous home robots need fast, predictable response times, and the QNX OS has enabled our engineers to achieve very high performance on cost-effective hardware," said Mike Perkins, vice president of engineering at Neato Robotics, in a press release.

Lumenera Corp., an Ottawa-based developer of high-end digital cameras, has formed a partnership with Burnaby-based Icron Technologies Corporation to ensure that USB cables developed by Icron are compatible with a Lumenera camera. The active USB extension cable provides power to the camera and helps with transmitting images. The camera and USB extension cable are intended for use in “industrial automation, clean rooms, machine vision, biometrics and medical imaging,” along with other settings.

Leidos Canada has had its contract to act as the Canadian Number Administrator extended by another five years. Leidos, which did business under the name Science Applications International Corp. Canada (or SAIC Canada) until September, has had the contract for 15 years. The Canadian Number Administrator is responsible for assigning area codes, 1-800 and 1-855 numbers and N11 codes, like 911 and 311. The contract is awarded by the Canadian Numbering Administration Consortium. Telephone companies and wireless service providers are required to fund the CNAC by the CRTC. The company is a subsidiary of Virginia-based Leidos. It has an office in Ottawa.

Organizations: International Datacasting Corp., Neato, TSX Lumenera QNX Software Systems Canadian Numbering Administration Consortium Icron Technologies Corporation Science Applications International SAIC Canada CRTC Leidos

Geographic location: Ottawa, Brazil, Canada

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