The Internet of Things (IoT) is the rapidly growing network of machines, appliances, systems, and devices that feature internet connectivity. IoT objects are equipped with sensors and are controlled remotely and integrated into computer-based systems that result in improved efficiency, accuracy, and economic benefits. Humber students from Computer Engineering Technology, Industrial Design, Web Design and Interactive Media, Wireless Telecommunications, User Experience Design, and other programs are trained with the skills required to collaborate on IoT projects and make these interconnected communications a reality. Working with Humber faculty, staff and research professionals, industry partners can solicit feedback from potential clients and modify their products before they launch, increasing the likelihood of market success in a much shorter period.
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Automated Aircraft Maintenance Data Processing and AnalyticsFunder: NSERC | Program: ARD | Mihai Albu / Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology
The industry partner for this NSERC ARD Grant is MHIRJ Aviation Group Heavy Industries - Regional Jet, formerly Bombardier Inc. Regional Jet). MHIRJ provides comprehensive critical operational, engineering and customer support solutions for the global regional aircraft industry. MHIRJ needs applied research assistance from Humber College to address two complementary maintenance-related needs. The first need is for Automated Maintenance Data Processing system that will work with maintenance data submitted - in multiple formats and over varying intervals - by aircraft operators (airline companies). This data will be ingested, processed, analyzed, and outputted as databases for further analytics of the individual performance of aircraft in the individual fleets; as well as how the overall performance of individual fleets compare to an aggregated and anonymized view of the fleets of competing operators. The proposed solution can reduce significantly the time and effort required by MHIRJ personnel to administer and maintain the process. The automated data processing is not time critical as long as the output is available within 24 hours of data submission. The second need is for an Integrated Analytical Tool to assist ground maintenance crews in their critical and time-sensitive 'dispatchability' decision: 'go,' 'go with limitation,' and 'no go,' in a very narrow window of time between flights, based on real-time operational data from each flight. The design of the Integrated Analytic Tool will be based upon the same data processing and analytics algorithms developed for Automated Maintenance Data Processing. This will result in more consistent data interpretation, improved efficiency by aircraft maintenance crews, faster turn-around times of aircraft with improved safety. Humber College's applied research team will provide relevant expertise in textual data mining, language processing, machine learning, data analytics, and database design, to assist in developing software algorithms and tools necessary for the intended solutions. The project will improve the competitiveness for MIHRJ and establish a stronger collaboration between MHIRJ and Humber College.
Broadcast-Broadband ConvergenceFunder: CFI | Program: STREAM 2 | Orest Sushko / Faculty of Media & Creative Arts
The Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is requesting support from CFI-CIIF Stream 2 program to enhance existing applied research (AR) capacity by acquiring research infrastructure to establish the Broadcast-Broadband Convergence Lab (B2C Lab).The B2C lab’s core mission is to position Canada as a leader in the new Advanced Television System Committee (ATSC) 3.0 standard by advancing the state of experimentation and adoption of ATSC 3.0, giving Canadian businesses competitive advantage as ATSC 3.0 is globally adopted. As the next generation global television broadcast standard, ATSC 3.0 offers interactivity with broadband, wireless fidelity and fourth and fifth generation cellular networks, enabling non-TV applications. ATSC 3.0 components 5G as part of a heterogenous network for more comprehensive data delivery. This convergence will impact industries such as automotive, emergency alerting, advertising and online education among others.
Cloud-based load prediction system for smart gridsFunder: NSERC | Program: Engage | Saber Amini / Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology
Power generation in Ontario and around the world is going towards a free-market platform. This means that power providers will be able to bid on the power that is needed. When demand is high, the cost of power goes up and the Utility companies ensure that the power needed is supplied to the grid by providing a higher price for each Kilowatt of power supplied at critical ties. For suppliers, such as wind or solar farms, it is advantageous to have a prediction of this power surge to optimize the delivery of power at the right time. For consumers, knowing the peak power times and more importantly, predicting future power surges allows them to reduce power consumption in peak periods reducing costs. In order to predict and analyze power costs, however, the power grid needs to be "smart" by installing meters capable of recording power consumption in realtime. Alphacor Sustainability Solutions is a Canadian company engaged in design, manufacturing and implementation of power meters for smart grids./p>
COVID-19 Response: A scalable hand sanitizing sensing solution: IoT enabled hand sanitizer and soap dispensersFunder: NSERC | Program: COVID-19 | Timothy Wong / Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology
Mero is a technology innovator in the facility management automation industry, serving commercial properties with wireless IoT devices that monitor the metrics behind washroom use and waste. With the recent spread of the COVID-19 virus, hand sanitizer use is at an all-time high. For commercial properties to sustainably provide sanitization to the public, monitoring of their supply is a must. With Mero's sensing technology, this process is streamlined and readily available, but some refinement of the product remains. This grant will enable Mero to develop a scalable, repeatable retrofit solution to incorporate their sensors into existing hand sanitizer and soap dispensers regardless of the dispenser vendor, as well as create the packaging and training manuals necessary for commercial use. This technology will help keep essential workplaces, communities and cities safe during and post the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Response: Canadian Hospital Simulator For Management of COVID19 Cases and Contact TracingFunder: NSERC | Program: COVID-19 | Shahdad Shariatmadari / Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology
The project will create a hospital resource simulator capable of predicting the resources a hospital in a particular city/region in a province requires to deal with anticipated new and existing COVID-19 cases. The simulator makes use of several parameters which are adjustable by hospital staff in making these predictions. Using the data from the simulator, hospital administrators can manage staffing needs (nurses, physicians) and equipment requirements (masks, ventilators, ICU beds, etc.) on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
Digital Transformation of Operational ProcessesFunder: NSERC | Program: Engage | Mark Stoiko / Faculty of Business
NTN Corporation, based in Mississauga, Ontario, manufactures and distributes a wide range of ball and roller bearings, serving the automotive, industrial and recreational markets. Existing operational processes are no longer effective, and so the technical challenge experienced in the company is around the lack of knowledge and resources of moving from legacy operations into digital operations using digital transformation modelling. The research outcomes would be implementing and testing digital transformation models in all aspects of operations, including manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain, which could contribute to the enterprise's survival within the pandemic and beyond. This research project will identify the best digital transformation model, digitally linking the operations of all three sectors, manufacturing, engineering and supply chain. The Engage grant will fund researching the digital transformation models to respond to disruptive changes caused by the pandemic.
Fast sensor pairing for Mero IoTFunder: NSERC | Program: Engage | Timothy Wong / Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology
Mero is a technology innovator in the IoT space serving the commercial properties service management and delivery vertical. Its primary business is to provide analytics to commercial properties by utilizing small, flexible wireless IoT sensors. The current challenge Mero is facing is the pairing time of IoT devices to backend data collection and analytics. Mero needs to research and develop a fast-pairing mechanism for Mero sensors which can bring their sensors from shipment to online. The grant will enable Mero to research further into advanced techniques for sensor pairing in the IoT space. Mero sees Humber as a technology partner that can help build on the current innovation Mero has already made and make it better. The grant will add fresh talent to tackle the challenge.
Indoor Navigation System-WayfindingFunder: NSERC | Program: Engage | Daryoush Mortazavi / Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology
Daily shoppers who rely solely on walking through different aisles and floors, in groceries and department stores, to find their required items, spend at times hours shopping with constant interaction with others. Similarly, visitors and patients spend a long time finding their destined location within hospitals with continuous interaction with other patients and/or visitors. With the time spent to find required items or locations, people will be in constant contact with others, which increases the risk of contagious diseases like COVID-19. Circuit Plus Inc, an engineering firm incorporated in 1999, has more than 20 years of experience in Canada to design, develop, manufacture, and test electronic devices in different categories; Industrial, Commercial, and health care for low power, high-efficiency devices and can provide applied solutions for the enterprises which are currently being unfulfilled in the market. Circuit Plus is experiencing challenges in the form of a lack of knowledge in new technologies, including IoT and clout, and the lack of expertise in embedding this technology in products, potentially helping them become more competitive in the market. Circuit Plus will collaborate with Humber College to develop and test a mobile application and a most reliable solution for indoor wayfinding leveraging IoT technology, cloud computing, and mobile app development.
Leading innovation in the Internet of ThingsFunder: CFI | Program: STREAM 1 | Ginger Grant / Office of Research and Innovation
The global Internet of Things (IoT) market is expected to hit over one trillion dollars by the year 2022, with a roughly 12.6 percent compound annual growth rate for IoT spending across commercial and consumer segments between 2019 and 2022. With the number of connected devices estimated at over 75 billion worldwide in 2025 and the launch of fifth generation wireless technology, the growth of IoT will be transformative across sectors. We already see IoT in a range of consumer products, from smart watches to security cameras, thermostats and home assistants. It has made its way into industrial processes; the Industrial Internet of Things enables data collection, analysis and predictive modelling to improve manufacturing and supply chain management efficiency and productivity. IoT is also used to manage infrastructure (smart buildings and highways) and logistics (moving cargo). IoT integrates technologies including sensor, communication, data storage, analytics, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and user interface technologies. This presents a clear challenge for companies; rarely do companies, especially small-and medium-sized enterprises have all the resources to build end-to-end IoT solutions. The proposed CFI project will add state-of-the-art IoT infrastructure to Humber College's current capacity to deliver a complete end-to-end ecosystem for a full spectrum of collaborators, from local SMEs and entrepreneurs, to multimillion-dollar corporations.
Leveraging design-driven data analytics for business innovationFunder: NSERC | Program: ARTP | Tania Massa / Office of Research and Innovation
Adopting business analytics can become a business accelerator for SMEs. Whether internal or cloud-based, adapting technologies – customized to industry needs – will allow SMEs to explore markets and talent pools, learn how to ‘fail fast’ and recover, take appropriate risks based on analytics, and capitalize on their potential for innovation. Via this ARTP initiative, Humber’s Institute for DDA (IDDA) will serve as a unique resource where local SMEs can propel business innovation, both immediately through asking the right questions of existing data and in the longer term through customized analytics processes and commercialization possibilities. Our partners will benefit from the expertise of Humber’s faculty and students to design, develop and implement innovative technology and business solutions. They will benefit in the near-term, and they will be more resilient to future market conditions – businesses that use big data and digitization were found to be more resilient to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (Nauck, et al., 2021). SME partners will also benefit by having access to big datasets and research databases within the academic environment that are too costly for the average SME.
The Broadcast-Broadband Convergence Lab: Positioning Canada as a Leader in ATSC 3.0 Adoption and Multisectoral Business ModelsFunder: NSERC | Program: Build IE | Orest Sushko / Faculty of Media & Creative Arts
The Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is requesting NSERC CCI Innovation Enhancement, Build funds to build applied research and innovation capacity in the Broadcast-Broadband Convergence Lab. The Lab will explore multisectoral business applications enabled by the new Advanced Television System Committee (ATSC) 3.0 standard. ATSC 3.0 is the next-generation global television broadcast standard set to replace the current North American standard (ATSC 1.0). The new standard delivers content using internet protocol addressing and offers more robust and extended coverage on fixed and mobile devices, superior picture resolution (4-8K), immersive sound and integrates with web-based internet applications and content to provide new interactive broadcast television experiences. It also offers interactivity with broadband, wireless fidelity and fourth and fifth-generation cellular networks (4G, 5G), which enable non-television datacasting applications; and shares a common timing clock with 5G, which makes integration of television streaming and data delivery possible. This convergence of technologies will impact numerous industries including automotive (infotainment delivery, software updates), emergency alerting (geo-targeted messaging), advertising (targeted television advertisements) and online education (television interactivity, remote reach), among others. The core objective of the Broadcast-Broadband Convergence Lab is to position Canada as a leader in ATSC 3.0 technology, services and products by advancing the state of experimentation and adoption of the standard by Canadian businesses - providing Canadian businesses with an advantage as the standard is globally adopted.