SceneDoc partners with New Zealand Police for eNotes proof-of-concept

WELLINGTON, NZ — SceneDoc, public safety’s trusted data collection platform, announces today a partnership with New Zealand Police to undertake a Proof of Concept (PoC) leveraging their commerical-off-the-shelf (COTS) eNotes application. “NZ Police are exploring how we can use our current Police-issued iPhones to allow officers to collect and share their notes digitally,” says Superintendent Rob Cochrane, Director of Mobility and Innovation.  The Proof of Concept will run for a six-week period with a focus on learning and understanding what Police need from a notes application. The findings will inform future decisions for a digital notebook capability in an operational environment. Read More   

Exact Imaging Uses Machine Learning for Semi-Automated Smart Detection of Prostate Cancer

Daniel Rohdbach
Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of male cancer-related death in the U.S. with approximately 1 in 7 men being diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime[i].  Detection and diagnosis of this significant disease presents a major clinical challenge because the current standard-of-care imaging method, conventional transrectal ultrasound, cannot reliably distinguish cancerous from non-cancerous prostate tissue.  Therefore, prostate biopsies for definitively diagnosing cancer are currently delivered in a systematic but “blind” pattern.  Other imaging methods, such as MRI, have been investigated for guiding biopsies, but MRI involves complicated procedures, is costly, is poorly tolerated by most patients, and  demonstrates significant variability among clinical sites and practitioners.  Read More     

eSight Visit: iGan Analyst tests virtual reality glasses on family member with Stargardt Disease

Anand Ganeshalingam
It was a cold bright day in November, and the clocks were striking ten. A crowd was bustling through Toronto’s union station, and my uncle, standing next to me, counted the chimes quietly on his fingers. He has Stargardt Disease and can’t see the clock across the room, so he counts the chimes to tell the time. We were on our way to meet with eSight eye-wear, located conveniently close to union station, at Front and University.

eSight has been named ‘best invention’ of 2017 by Time Magazine

Alexandra Sifferlin
For the millions of people who are legally blind, navigation is a routine challenge. Though support canes and guide dogs can help, they cannot mimic actual vision. eSight 3 can. Think of it as the world’s most powerful pair of glasses: once users put on eSight, it records high­ definition video and uses magnification, contrast and proprietary algorithms to enhance that imagery into something the legally blind can see—enabling them to partake in a variety of activities, including sports, that would otherwise be off-­limits. At $9,995, the device, which launched in February, is not accessible to everyone (though the company does help connect would-­be buyers with funding sources, including grants). But it is cheaper than the company’s earlier iterations, as well as faster, lighter and equipped with better zoom capabilities. To date, the company estimates it has been used by more than 1,000 patients. —Alexandra Sifferlin Read More     

SceneDoc & Galaxy S8 help Transit Police automate data collection

Samsung public safety solutions address the technology limitations that law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies face daily, incorporating the seamless integration of ubiquitous data access, defense-grade security and intuitive mobile technology that your people need to be agile and stay safe. Read More

Quandl is investors’ secret weapon to beating the market

Claire Brownell
Hedge funds are willing to pay handsomely for Quandl’s alternative data because it helps them achieve alpha, or market-beating returns, that are harder and harder to come by as information becomes easier to find and analyze. (more…)  

Exact Imaging Exec tested companies medical imaging tech – and found out he had cancer

Rajiv Rao
Rob Sandler never thought that his marketing job at Exact Imaging would one day save his life. Read more at MaRS Blog

Planting the Seed

Sam Ifergan
As an entrepreneur and investor, it’s not every day you have the opportunity to work on a world-changing project. So many factors need to line up; not just the product, technology and its impact, but finding the proper funding, talent, and opportunity to capitalize. In 2014 when iGan Partners first heard about a Canadian venture promising to bring sight to the blind, we were obviously skeptical. But after witnessing the technology and examining the opportunity including a two-day visit at eSight’s Ottawa offices, we became believers. Their technology would be able to provide revolutionary improvements in vision for up to 85% of the legally blind. We knew that was too much of an opportunity to pass up. We also understood how important it was to do this right. The company had the technology in place, but still needed the management and funding to truly make an impact.(Read more)

Video Distribution Platform Vemba Raises $6 Million

Will Richardson
Video distribution platform Vemba has raised $6 million in a series A-1 round, bringing its total funding to $11 million. The new round was led by Time Warner Investments and SpotX, with existing investors Upfront Ventures and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments participating as well. Vemba’s CEO Garrick Tiplady told me in a briefing that the company’s vision is to become the industry standard platform for scale in video distribution on any device. Vemba’s platform allows content providers to create flexible models to distribute their videos and receive real-time analytics on their performance and monetization. (Read more)