Cattle Tracking and
Cattle Tracking and Biometric Monitoring; for this project, a new lower cost and extremely long-range solution were needed. Traditional active RFID technology requires the placement of four to six large expensive antenna stations to be constructed about 10 to 15 kilometres apart. This overhead cost was well outside the means of most small or medium producers. Working with student groups from the School of ICT at SAIT to develop the communication backhaul. Our system is worn by cattle and records their activity within a 15km radius, transmitting the cattle’s GPS and temperature information every one to five minutes to a monitored base station. Further data analytics can extrapolate herd behaviour patterns and send alerts whenever an animal is in trouble.
Our Interactive Lights and Experience System, equips guests with an encoded RFID tag that triggers a large screen display as they enter the venue. The display greets guests by name and directs them to their seat via an on-screen map and by physically lighting up their table until they are seated — treating each one to a unique and memorable first impression. In addition, drums and brides Bouchette, that light up when stuck or shaken, can be used to signal all tables to attract attention, this easily is used to get a bride and groom to stand up and kiss.
Working with our partners at Nanalysis, the Nu-Worx team built new cutting edge reporting, analysis and security solutions for the MReady™ line of 60 MHz benchtop NMR spectrometers. This ambitious upgrade to this incredible product allows for better transparency, reporting and will allow new features to be added easily.
RFID Laundry solutions allowed for each individual laundry item to be uniquely tracked across several sites and location known during transit. It allowed for confirmation of delivery, just in time billing for inventory needed and had far superior metrics and analytics. The solution virtually eliminated human error from counting and managing inventory, was able to show current inventory locations and was able to reduce shrink rates under 7%.
Creating Context for Customer Feedback
CustomerVerse, provides the context and framework required to collect and deliver real-time customer feedback in a way that can be understood and utilized by businesses to improve customer satisfaction. Using our proprietary sentiment lexicons and algorithms, we can extract useful information from your customers' responses to help you improve the quality of the customer relationship.
Enterprise Data Modeling provided the comprehensive simulations required to eliminate as many risks as possible on the path to ensuring flawless execution. The team worked with the client to ensure the integration of the web-services being deployed to ensure proper data-loads were maintained. Our team researched, developed and implemented a month long system test to ensure that even under the most adverse conditions the data loss was eliminated.
Enhancing the Retail Experience
The Enhancing Retail Experience solution allowed for a customer to use their mobile phone as a gateway to a vast array of interactive displays and features throughout the store. Displays would personalize marketing to each customer as they approached, inventory could be found through a map-based system on the phone using Augmented reality or in other cases signal LED’s would light certain colours as the customer closed to direct them towards the inventory sought. The customer could even share these unique experiences with others via social media or even via an in-store digital photo wall that they could send pictures of their experience to for printing or sharing.
Cattle Farmers Use
Cattle Farmers Use Big Data offers the cattle industry an affordable forecasting engine that can analyze more than one sextillion (one thousand trillion) possible weekly paths for the animal, before predicting the optimal time to sell. It looked at all the various input factors that would affect the costs to raise and maintain these animals, perform complex regression and big data analysis on such to allow for the little guy to take on the giants
The creation of a new Real-Time Location Tracking System (RTLS) algorithm was developed utilizing passive UHF RFID technology. The result of this solution saw the publication of an IEEE article in the 15th International Carpathian Control Conference (ICCC) held in May of 2014. This ground-breaking research precipitated a change in how these systems were constructed and analyzed.
Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) Cattle Projects allowed for each individual animal to be tracked as it moved about the feedlot or auction house. Due to the use of RFID technology, the time an animal spends feeding is easily determined and alerts can be sent out to alert workers if one isn’t eating or drinking required levels. This could indicate a sick animal and pre-emptive actions can be taken (get the animal treatment and return it to the herd) rather than reactive actions (finding the animal dead and losing all investment from that). The technology also allowed for optimization of feed costs by reducing feed waste and placing the more expensive feeds used for finishing to the most required places.
Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) Rig Mats trace their location in remote areas using low-cost RFID tags and directional antennas affixed to trucks moving through the area, reducing replacement costs by 35 percent. The technical hurdles to overcome was the limited range of RFID transmission signals through mud and snow. Using custom designed antennas mounted to service vehicles travelling through the area our team was able to detect mats buried more than a 30 centimetres underground. Coupling with a logging unit in the service vehicle and a GPS unit the last known location of each tag was continually updated. If one didn’t report for a period of time its’ last known location can be sent to a worker to dig it out and put it back in service.
Improved Oil Reserve Forecasting Models
When an oil and gas client’s existing methodologies failed to accurately manage their reserves, "Improved Oil Reserve Forecasting Models" involved the construction of several advanced statistical model tests to better understand the problem. Equipped with this data, new methodologies were tested in concert with current Monte Carlo methods to confirm the validity of our new designs. The result was a more accurate management system, increased revenue and extended well output timelines.
Communication between various oil rig sites is difficult at best and the configuration such solutions required expensive specialists using antiquated technology to solve such issues. Our team constructed a new telephony solution, allowing for several remote embedded devices to communicate with an on-site feature server that, in-turn, could communicate with a central web-based server that would allow for remote monitoring of the system. The client was then able to increase services and reporting for all customers thereby increasing their customer base.
This SaaS product served a group of clients, including Unilever, Proctor and Gamble, Redbull, Nike, and several others. As the management of thousands of simultaneous clients using such a system became paramount, a new paradigm was required. The answer was designed was web-based, utilizing Amazon Web Services for all aspects of its deployment. Algorithms were used to build and maintain the massive solution.
Machine Prototype Smart Vending machine system allows for user-friendly transactions via a mobile device. The result was an increase in both overall business and customer loyalty, thanks to improved customer satisfaction and evolved brand perception. Features included parental controls over which choices their children could choose, a tracking and billing history of choices. Included in this solution was an interactive touchscreen technology that allowed for advertising and a portal to the machine.
Customer-Centric Business Metrics, our Customer Relationship Diagnostic (CRD) is a business intelligence solution that helps companies measure, evaluate and improve the health of the customer relationship. The CRD gathers and displays reliable and valid loyalty metrics via straightforward executive dashboards, that are used to ensure customer input drives important business decisions.
Maker Space Camp
The J.B. Maker Space Camp is named as a tribute to John Brock King the Third (or J.B.). He had over 20 years of software development experience, working for many Seattle dot-coms, and helped build the Nu-Worx family with Dean Brennan at SAIT. Together they helped others learn and master the technology industry. J.B., like many in the technology industry, had high functioning autism, and struggled with the stigma and lack of understanding associated with this condition. The Nu-Worx team is honored to work with those like JB. With the goal of providing youths a safe community of kindred spirits, the J.B. Maker Space Camp hopes to show the next generation that they are indeed strong and powerful.