PERSENTECH also works with commercial enterprises and leverages existing product developments with application-specific business needs.
In some project studies, PERSENTECH takes on the role of the prime contractor and handles all project management, participant selection, installation, and development activities. In other cases, PERSENTECH provides takes on a support role and provides technical services for data analysis and new feature enhancements to existing products and systems. The following are brief descriptions of some projects and studies completed over the last 7 years.
Transport Canada – Canadian Vehicle Use Study (CVUS)
PERSENTECH is the exclusive provider of Ottoview data loggers for the Canadian Vehicle Use Study (CVUS), the world’s first all-electronic vehicle activity survey. CVUS was initially launched for light vehicles in 2011 and expanded to heavy vehicles in 2013. 15,000 light vehicles and 2,000 heavy trucks have been instrumented since inception. At last count the CVUS database contained over 1.9 billion records.
Transport Canada – SafeMiles Project
PERSENTECH was the technology provider in the Safemiles naturalistic driving study conducted between July and November 2009. SafeMiles was a Canadian field trial using PERSENTECH-supplied onboard equipment to study driving behaviour. The trial was conducted in Manitoba with drivers from the Winnipeg Capital region to monitor speeding and tailgating, two dangerous driving habits. PERSENTECH developed a hardware solution that included the Ottoview data logger and a 60 GHz Continental Temic radar device. PERSENTECH coordinated the development of the website and database that allowed participants to monitor their good driving behavior according to a points system. PERSENTECH also managed the installation and removal of the hardware, and managed the participants throughout the study.
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) “Candrive project”
An interdisciplinary health-related research program dedicated to improving the safety of older drivers. One of the goals is to develop a screening tool that will allow clinicians to identify which older drivers, for whatever reason, are unsafe to continue operating a motor vehicle or require more in-depth evaluation. PERSENTECH was the technology provider of the Ottoview-CD data loggers to Candrive (Canada) and OZcandrive (Australia & New Zealand). Candrive is the largest study of its kind in the world. It started in 2009 and is now in its 6th of 7 years planned duration.
Center for Sustainable Transportation at the University of Winnipeg.
Several projects including:
- OttoCycle was designed to provide municipal authorities with accurate GPS-based information useful to plan bike-way facility development and transportation demand management. Cyclists were recruited to carry PERSENTECH’s Ottomate GPS units for an eleven day period, recording where they travelled.
- My Sustainable Canada Blue Mountain Research project the installation and operational support of OttoView systems in commercial vehicles at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Collingwood Ontario.
- OttoView device deployment into provincial fleet vehicles to monitor trip statistics, fuel consumption and estimates for equivalent CO2 emissions.
- ecoEnergy project on the study of idling and emissions. PERSENTECH tested the effectiveness of implementing driving feedback technologies in their ability to reduce transportation carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the city of Winnipeg.
Telesat V-Band Handheld Antenna Technology Project
A system and technology study for the feasibility of developing a handheld device for use with a V-Band payload to be deployed in a future Telesat satellite mission. The outcome was the design of a proof of concept antenna array for integration within a 10 cm2 area.
Mercury Global Anchor Segment Project
System Engineering support in the design and build of an extensive ground station network.
University of Toronto Driving Behaviour Study
PERSENTECH was the technology provider in the UOT naturalistic driving study conducted between May and September 2015 that involved the Ottoview devices and an application-specific version of the Ottotracker web services.