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research

Research and Development

The Digital Media Zone has a unique R&D arm that redefines the possibilities of research in an academic environment. Researchers at all stages of their post-secondary career collaborate with industry partners to solve authentic business problems. Creating relationships with organizations worldwide, our research offers a unique client-service dynamic and actualizes a proof of concept and/or commercialized product. Projects contained herein have earned awards, media attention, public interest and have demonstrated the possibilities of converging research with actualized development.


Projects

Golden-I Wireless Headset Computer


Golden-I is the world’s first hands-free and wireless headset computer, developed in collaboration between Motorola Solutions and Kopin. The innovative software solution developed specifically for Golden-I was the result of a two-year research partnership among Appear Networks in Sweden and Ryerson University. The software solution revolutionizes the way a security agent or police officer can intuitively interact with his virtually enhanced surroundings.

Highlights:

  • Received the Golden-idea Award among global competitors from Motorola Solutions for developing an advanced security solution using mobile technologies and head-mounted computers
  • Presents maps with specific points of interest related to location, displays alerts from motion sensors, calls video feeds from nearby surveillance cameras and remotely triggers lights/sirens in a building

 MUSIC: An Application for Passengers with Reduced Mobility

MUSIC is a European Funded research project under the FP6 Programme with members from across Europe working to develop a comprehensive, open-source software development framework. As the sole Canadian contributor to the MUSIC consortium, the DMZ Research Group developed a market-ready trial service for Paris’ transit authority, the RATP. The trial is called the Passenger with Reduced Mobility application (PRM) and is a self-adaptive/ context-aware service for mobile devices. The PRM application helps passengers who face challenges on transit systems use those systems more efficiently.

Highlights:

  • Demonstrates software that adapts to a highly dynamic environment (the transit system) without requiring excessive user involvement
  • Enables full-duplex communication between RATP officials and transit users with variable user interfaces
  • Service offerings that adjust to the available network connection settings
  • Text-to-speech and speech-to-text capability for users who are visually impaired and/or with restricted mobility
  • The DMZ research group is the sole Canadian contributor to the MUSIC consortium through a partnership with Sweden’s Appear Networks
  • The project was ranked “Excellent” by the EU Commission and was featured on Euro News globally for two months.

CAVALIS: Context Aware Vehicular and Logistics Information System

In collaboration with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), CAVALIS is a unified software framework that delivers a series of intuitive, easy-to-use and customized Traveller Information Services. As a proof of concept, CAVALIS has helped with the analysis of existing Intelligent Transport Systems for the purposes of identifying opportunities for enhancement of Traveller Information Services through Cloud Computing, Context-Awareness and Ubiquitous Computing.

Highlights:

  • One of the very few Connected Vehicle applications in the world, which is running on the Canadian QNX/Blackberry platform
  • Self-adaptive user interface that changes based on the speed at which the car is moving to avoid driver distraction
  • Delivers official, real-time MTO notifications including; road closures, construction, border wait times, ferry schedule etc.
  • Simulates emergency vehicle alerts for safe roadside evacuation
  • Sony SmartWatch accessory can be used for quick alerts on the driver’s wrist


GO Mobile

The next generation of Go Transit’s print scheduled, GO Mobile is a context-aware application designed and developed for Metrolinx. The application is a fully-functional and successful product with unique academic roots involving undergraduate and graduate students. GO Mobile offers schedules, enables alerts and allows users to subscribe to frequently used services.

Highlights:

  • Over 130,000 downloads and counting
  • Available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry in English and French
  • Eliminates the need for paper schedules, locates the nearest station, bookmarks frequently travelled routes and provides users with real-time track-level information
  • Compliant with iOS Accessibility Guidelines for blind and low vision users