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iSystemsNow is proud to partner with Materna-IPS and Daifuku Webb to deliver the latest phase of automated passenger self-serve bag drop units to GTAA for use at Pearson’s Terminal 1.  16 new units went into live operations this past week.  iSystemsNow has provided Materna with an Allen-Bradley controls automation solution which seamlessly integrates with the Daifuku BHS controls system, and is easily adaptable for deployment at their North American locations.

Take a look at the positive reviews these units are getting!  We are excited to continue our work with this project team to deliver autonomous passenger processing solutions across the North American airport market.

 

 

 

 

 

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How Automation Can Help with Minimum Wage Increase

Posted by admin on September 28, 2017

An economic analysis found that 185,000 jobs could be at risk as Ontario businesses stand to take a $23-billion hit within two years - Keep Ontario Working Coalition

By 2019 Ontario’s minimum wage will increase to $15/hr.  This is great news for those working at the minimum wage rate, but the counter to that is how business’, small to large, will be affected.

At first glance raising wages $3.60/hr does not seem like a deal breaker to the uninformed eye.  However, once you calculate that over a modest 30 hour work week ($108), for the year ($5,616), and then add in another 100 employee’s ($561,600).  You can see how this can start to add up for larger corporations.

One way companies can help offset the incurred cost of the minimum wage increase is to automate some of their day to day operations and processes.

Below are a few benefits to implementing automation into your business;

  1. Minimizing cost and manual errors
    • By substituting human vulnerabilities with the accuracy of a machine, you bypass the expensive costs associated with manual errors and inefficiencies
  2. Keep a tab on your business processes
    • An automated system not only lets you see the status of any individual item, it also gives you the bird’s-eye view of your whole system. Imagine what you could do with several months of data from an automated system
  3. Improved Quality
    • You can constantly prototype, build, test, and adjust to best meet evolving business requirements. Plus, automated development lets you enforce standards and best practices for consistent, high quality solutions.

There is no right or wrong way to prepare for the minimum wage increase, but not having a plan in place can cost a company time and money.  We’d be happy to help explore what options you have to help your business continue to thrive when 2019 arrives.


“Everything is Possible”

 

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“Growing with Technology”

Posted by admin on September 08, 2017

“Technology is best when it brings people together” – Matt Mullenweg


Saying technology is the future for the insurance and financial industry is like finding Waldo. Some pick him out quick, others take a little longer to make the connection, but everyone knows he’s there. (in this scenario Waldo is technology, the readers are the companies).


Having worked in the insurance industry for the better part of 9 years, technology trends have always been apart of the insurance world. Companies investing time and money to make sure their product is produced first to agents, brokers, and clients enabling them to gain the upper hand in a very competitive business.


I read a report that stated billions of dollars has been invested by insurance companies to keep up with the revolving door of technology. This number far exceeds the trillion dollar mark when you take into consideration the ever growing insurance start-ups. Companies need to be sure the technology they are using for big data, analytics, telematics, and automated processing – to name a few – is at the highest standards.


Whether you’re ahead of the game or slowly adapting there is no denying the benefits to technology helping your business grow by streamlining workflow and automating business processes.


We’d be happy to help your team!

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This summer, iSystemsNow will be leading a team consisting of industry professionals from CAGE Inc, VTC Inc and SparkyGeek LLC; the team’s goal is to implement short term enhancements to the Terminal D Baggage Handling System.  Our team looks forward to working with DFW and the TSA on this project.

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iSystemsNow kick’s off relationship with Allianz

Posted by admin on April 24, 2017

iSystemsNow is excited to announce our latest partnership, with a worldwide leader and provider of travel insurance around the globe, Allianz Global Assistance.  iSystemsNow will be working with Allianz on a myriad of software development initiatives design to optimize internal handling and processing of customer claims and invoices.  This long term relationship forms a key cornerstone in iSystemsNow’s long term commitment to excellent software and engineering services offered right here in our hometown, Waterloo region.

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iSystemsNow is proud to announce that the Fairbanks International Airport brand new in-line screening BHS successfully completed the TSA Battelle testing process, and is now in live operation, processing outbound passenger luggage.  The new outbound system, designed by AECOM and built by G&S Airport Conveyor, is powered end to end by iSystemsNow’s BHS Now Management Studio software, which allows for full control of the BHS and access to all reports and over rides on a table and web based platform.

iSystemsNow looks forward to our continued successful partnership with G&S to deploy industry leading baggage handling software and controls solutions.

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Another IT Solution deployed for Southwest Airlines

Posted by admin on November 29, 2016

iSystemsNow is proud to announce the production go live of two new IT solutions to help Southwest Airlines reduce mishandled baggage at their BWI operation. Working closely with VTC and Soutwest Airlines, two IT solutions have been piloted to aid Southwest ramp agents better identify and act on mis-sorted baggage at their claim carousels. One solution utilizes a new SICK IP camera which will photograph baggage diverted to a claim unit without a proper IATA tag identifier linked to the bag. These images are then displayed prominently for the ramp agents at the drop location on the carousel, until they are located and acknowledged. The other pilot solution is a wrist mounted hand scanner which connects to the legacy Sort Controller database and makes a determination if a scanned bag is at the correct or incorrect location.
iSystemsNow is proud of our continuing collaborative relationship with industry leaders such as VTC and Southwest Airlines.

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iSystemsNow has renewed our software engineering, development and support agreement with Christian Horizons, a local Personal Support services provider. For the past year we have provided software development services to Christian Horizons to support modifications to both their back end, and user facing software web applications used to track, invoice and pay their vast network of Personal Support Workers deployed across Southern Ontario.
The CH environment is built upon Microsoft.NET libraries, and heavily leverages Microsoft Sharepoint and MSSQL. We are happy to continue this on-going relationship with Christian Horizons and look forward to new software development challenges to come.

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Over the past 6 weeks iSystemsNow has delivered new outbound baggage handling solutions for a variety of regional airports for our good friends at G&S Airport Conveyor. These systems could stretch further across North America from Hunstville, Alabama to Lubbuck, Texas all the way up to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
These smaller baggage systems need to be designed to run with almost zero daily operational oversite, the “set it and forget it” mindset. iSystemsNow systems deliver the peace of mind that when you press start, the motors will turn and bags will move.
For more information about our baggage handling solutions, check out the ourSkillset portion of www.isystemsnow.com

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iSystemsNow has long been committed to delivering innovative and highly specialized electrical, controls and software engineering solutions for airport baggage handling systems across North America and around the world. Now we can finally bring those skills to our own backyard airport; Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
iSystemsNow is very pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership agreement with Daifuku Webb to augment their BHS Operations and Project Execution teams which have been engaged in maintaining, operating and enhancing operations for Pearson’s Terminal 1 baggage handling system since the new terminal was built in 2007. This will be a long-term relationship expected to last for years to come.
Daifuku Webb has been a leader in Material Handling innovation, based out of the Detroit metropolitan area for the better part of a century. We are excited to be able to work with our friends again and deliver high quality engineering services for the Greater Toronto Airport Authority.

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iSystemsNow is very pleased to announced that we have successfully partnered with Five Star Airport Alliance and VTC Inc. to perform a re-capitalization and optimization project for the Terminal 1 outbound Baggage Handling System in operation by Southwest Airlines at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The project will involve the remove of six legacy L3-6600 EDS machines, and the integration of six new L3 EDS 6700 screening machines. The new screening machines will enable the TSA to screen baggage more effectively, securely and efficiently. In addition to supporting the TSA re-capitalization effort, the entire system PLC tracking code will be updated to the TSA PGDS 4.2 testing standards, as well as increase Southwest Airlines processing throughput by 30%.
We are very excited to be kicking off this project and look forward to another outstanding delivery for BWI, Southwest AIrlines, the TSA and our partners.

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iSystemsNow is very pleased to announced that we have successfully partnered with Five Star Airport Alliance to be awarded the contract for the new outbound Baggage Handling System at the La Crosse Regional Airport. This project will involve the design of a new conveyor system which feeds and receives baggage from a Reveal CT-80DR EDS machine, used for X-Ray screening of baggage. The integrated system will be controlled by iSystemsNow’s BHS Now Management Studio software and controls suite.
We are very excited to be kicking off this project and look forward to another outstanding delivery for LSE, the TSA and our partners.

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Donor Tracking Database Project

Posted by admin on November 12, 2014

We are excited to announce that we have been awarded a project to design a new donor tracking database system in Southern Ontario. This customer relationship management software project involves defining a clear scope and set of objectives through the development of functional specification. This particular non-profit organization looking to retrofit their old system to be compatible with modern technology and enhance their management of existing donors. This new database application will use the Now Management Studio platform to centrally store data, generate reports, and allow the organization to manage donation and volunteer information.


SEW EURODRIVE MOVIFITSEW has long been driving increased efficiency in the AC Induction motor, one of the backbones of the material handling industry.  The three phase induction motor has gone through many incarnations over the past 20 years, having been paired up with Clutch/Brake assemblies and then more recently Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) to handle the rapid start and stop cycles times our controls place upon the mechanical drive units.  SEW’s newest line of MOVIGEAR electronic motors incorporate servo technologies to replace the drive unit, which allow the MOVIGEAR DRC electronic motor to have an IE4 efficiency class, or Super Premium Efficiency.


Contract Awarded For MHK Outbound BHS

Posted by admin on August 29, 2014

iSystemsNow is pleased to announce that they, partnered with G&S Airport Conveyor out of Wichita, Kansas, have won the contract to design and integrate the new outbound Baggage Handling System (BHS) at the Manhattan Regional Airport, located in Manhattan, Kansas.  This is iSystemsNow’s second successful partnership venture with G&S Airport Conveyor in the 2014 calendar year. 

The new outbound baggage system will be designed to fully integrate a new Reveal CT-80DR in-line automated Explosive Detection System (EDS) machine.  This will remove the manual loading and unloading of baggage by airline, airport and TSA personnel and will help improve the security and reliability of the baggage handling process.


We're on the Move - New Office Space

Posted by admin on August 13, 2014

On September 1st, iSystemsNow will be moving into new office space to accommodate our growth.  Our new office will be located at 420 Weber Street North, Unit 100, in Waterloo.  It is exciting to experience the growth, but a little sad to be leaving the place iSystemsNow called home for the first year and half of operations.  The new headquarters will provide a flexible open concept working environment for current staff and future hires over next few years.  The building sits near the corner of King Street North and Weber Street North, and already houses another vibrant technology company in Kik Interactive.  Kik is an up and coming Waterloo Region start-up that focuses on a smartphone messenger platform similar to BBM or WhatsApp.  It is a strategic location that is easily accessible to new university graduates and those looking for co-ops and internships from the University of Waterloo and Laurier University because it resides near major public transit routes.


Commercial Real Estate Project Awarded

Posted by admin on August 11, 2014

iSystemsNow has completed negotiations to provide web application development services to Principled Advisor Inc.  The web application will maintain records a large real estate database and allow users of the system to analyse the apartment market in the office and on the go.  The application will be accessible via desktop computers, tablet devices, and mobile phones enabling real-time feedback and analytics of apartment building sales in the region using GIS mapping techniques.

Principled Advisor Inc. is a commercial real estate company from Toronto, Canada.


At iSystemsNow, our goal is to use the best technology available to deliver intelligent software and control systems across the world.  We believe that the best way to do this is to always keep an open mind to problems, and be aware of emerging market technologies that could apply to our customers down the road.  Innovation is a word that is often overused, but it is something that we truly believe in.  To stay competitive against other intelligent companies, we must continue to invest in research and development to stay ahead of the curve.


iSystemsNow is very pleased to announced that we have successfully partnered with G&S Airport Conveyor, to be awarded the contract for the upcoming EDS re-capitalization project at the Harrisburg International Airport.  This project will involve the replacement of three legacy L3 eXaminer Explosive Detection Machines, and replacing them with two new L3 eXaminer 6700 machines.  The new machines not only have new technologies to allow for faster and more efficient processing of baggage, but will also move the communication protocol for the control system interface over to the new TSA IRD compliant protocol.

Harrisburg International Airport


OAK DeviceNet Network Study Completed

Posted by admin on May 26, 2014

iSystemsNow has completed a DeviceNet network study on the existing controls system in use at the Oakland International Airport.  Our engineering partners, The Vic Thompson Company, are in the process of completing a conceptual design for the airport baggage handling system, focusing on delivering new EDS screening technology, and modernized software & controls.

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iSystemsNow Performs System Integration at FSD

Posted by admin on May 20, 2014

iSystemsNow is pleased to announce that it has integrated its 10th and 11th Explosive Dectection System Machines for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport in South Dakota.  The X-Ray machines passed iSAT testing and were recommended to go live last week by the Transportation Security Administration.  This machine upgrade will allow a higher volume of bags to be processed at the airport and also lead to a more reliable passenger experience.

Sioux Falls Airport


iSystemsNow Turns On Three More EDS Machines

Posted by admin on April 01, 2014

This week iSystemsNow is pleased to announce that it has turned over 3 more EDS screening machines for use by the US Department of Homeland Security for live screening of passenger luggage at both the Asheville and Grand Junction Regional Airports.

Working with the Vic Thompson and Leidos team, we have now successfully completed 3 EDS re-capitalization projects in Oregon, Colorado and North Carolina.  We look forward to the continued success of this team as we plan for the next round of re-capitalization projects.


It was a busy week for the iSystemsNow team.  Last week we successfully completed the Battelle Integrated Site Acceptance Testing (ISAT) process for in-line screening systems at three separate airports.  We put five CT-80DR machines into service for the TSA last week at the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, the Ashville Regional Airport and the Grand Junction Regional Airport.


iSystemsNow Awarded Contract for FSD Re-Capitalization

Posted by admin on February 26, 2014

iSystemsNow is pleased to announced that we have been awarded the contract to work alongside Leidos and The Vic Thompson Company to complete the EDS re-capitalization project at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


iSystemsNow Awarded Contract for GJT Re-Capitalization

Posted by admin on February 10, 2014

iSystemsNow is pleased to announced that we have been awarded the contract to work alongside Leidos and The Vic Thompson Company to complete the EDS re-capitalization project at the Grand Junction Regional Airport, in Grand Junction North Carolina.


iSystemsNow Awarded Contract for AVL Re-Capitalization

Posted by admin on January 17, 2014

iSystemsNow is pleased to announced that we have been awarded the contract to work alongside Leidos and The Vic Thompson Company to complete the EDS re-capitalization project at the Asheville Regional Airport, in Asheville North Carolina.


iSystemsNow Awarded Contract for MFR Re-Capitalization

Posted by admin on January 07, 2014

iSystemsNow is pleased to announced that we have been awarded the contract to work alongside Leidos and The Vic Thompson Company to complete the EDS re-capitalization project at the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, in Medford Oregon.


Emulating an Automated Controls Systems

Posted by admin on October 08, 2013

The goal of emulation is to verify and test an automated system before setting foot into a customer’s facility.  There are two components required for emulating a material handling system: computer modelling software and controls software.  The modelling software’s job is to render the product movement and virtual environments while the linked PLC controls software initiates I/Os and hardware decisions in real time.  This allows both pieces of software to be fully tested in an office setting before it is shipped to site.  With emulation as part of our project lifecycle, we are able to detect bottlenecks and discover issues in a simulated environment rather than a real one.   We can save time debugging code on site, and also pass on cost savings to our customers.  It is a win-win situation for everyone involved.


iSystemsNow has recently completed another successful control system start-up with our good friends at ControlTouch Systems.  This time we were in York, Pennsylvania to bring on-line enhancements to Salon-Centric’s distribution centre and warehouse.  The project saw us replace a single shipping line, using gravity roller conveyor, with a fully automated 10-line sorter, using 24 VDC roller conveyors.  We also upgraded a manual pack-out matrix to a fully automated 4 line sorter using 24 VDC roller conveyors.

This upgrade was accomplished using Rockwell ControlLogix and CompactLogix processors.  


iSystemsNow Completes Study for Hawaiian Airlines

Posted by admin on August 30, 2013

iSystemsNow has recently completed a control systems audit on the Hawaiian Airlines operated Baggage Handling System at the Honolulu International Airport.  Hawaiian was interested in knowing what can be done to optimize and improve their system performance, while leaving the majority of their legacy system equipment in place, and that is why they came to us.

We look forward to a continued relationship with Hawaiian Airlines and Honolulu International Airport, because let’s be honest, there are far worse places to work than Hawaii!  Mahalo.


iSystemsNow has recently completed another successful control system start-up with our good friends at ControlTouch Systems.  iSystemsNow and ControlTouch partnered up to provide a top-notched deployment team, to work with Power Automated Systems, out of Sacramento, California, and European Conveyor Systems, based out of Nottingham, England.  Together, our team deployed the electrical and controls systems for an automated storage and retrieval systems (AS-RS), which moved pallets of frozen food into and out of a massive industrial freezer.

The plus side, we got to spend time in the English countryside and enjoy many fine local brews.  The downside… did we mention it was a freezer?  Nathan got more use out of his ice fishing gear on this job than he does in most winters on the ice.


Dashboarding: Monitoring Your Live System

Posted by admin on May 06, 2013

Dashboarding is a concept that involves displaying key performance indicators (KPIs) on a screen for operators to view and make instantaneous informed decisions about production.  It is customized for each facility to highlight the data that matters most.  This data is typically aggregated and shown on one screen to be used as a main viewport into the system.


Making Your Automation System Data Work for You

Posted by admin on February 14, 2013

How much would you pay for an outside consultant to tell you where to spend your spare parts budget so that you don’t overfill your shelves with idle components?  Would it be valuable to know which parts are nearest to their end of life so that you could appropriately schedule off-shift maintenance?  The solution to these key issues may already lie inside your database.


1. What technology do I need to replace?

Not all components of your system need to be replaced with newer versions. Consult other members of your industry to see what the benefits are of newer models before you switch, and what support structure is in place for your legacy equipment. The bottom line goal of a positive return on investment should not be lost. 


iSystemsNow Commissioning Aromatic Dryer for Firmenich

Posted by admin on January 26, 2013

Next week, iSystemsNow is shipping over to Indonesia!  What for you ask?  We are integrating the electrical controls and automation for an aromatic dryer.  What is an aromatic dryer?  Well, it's a machine that dries food flavoring crystals in three different stages.  The bottom line is, we are starting it up and it will function as one step of many for moving food flavoring from the factory floor to the products that sit on your dinner table.

Stay tuned to some pics from around the other side of the world!


inSight - Why do programmers work at night?

Posted by admin on January 16, 2013

Work hours and why programmers work at night

I was reading and article today that popped up in my LinkedIn feed, on why programmers work at night.  Check it out on businessinsider.com

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-programmers-work-at-night-2013-1

This hit home to me, as I have been working with my business partner over the past few weeks to launch our new company’s website, and invariably, we would be on the phone at 3am discussing screen layouts and color schemes.  I recall one night/morning when I was the passenger in a car driving north through the night, hunched over my Samsung Galaxy SIII screen, reading content and checking for spelling, then communicating with Jeremy via text message.


iSystemsNow Launches Website

Posted by admin on January 14, 2013

Well, if you are reading this, you already found it!

iSystemsNow built this site 100% in-house.  Hats off to Jeremy Druce, amazing job!  

Our hope, is that this page will not just be an advertisement for what we at iSystemsNow can do, but also that it will be a hub for discussion around the techologies and solutions that we all deploy today across a myriad of industries.

Happy browsing, check back often!

- Nathan Haddock


iSystemsNow Joins Communitech

Posted by admin on November 29, 2012

In 2012, Waterloo Region joined an elite group of global players in being named one of the top 20 technological startup ecosystems in the world by The Startup Genome and Telephonica Digital.  Check out the articles below. 

https://www.communitech.ca/waterloo-region-among-worlds-top-20-startup-ecosystems/

http://blog.digital.telefonica.com/?press-release=startup-ecosystem-report-2012

When you are listed up there with cities like Madrid, New York, Paris, London, and least of all Silicon Valley, that is no small feat and it is not by accident.  It’s no secret that Waterloo regions tech boom was greatly aided by the widespread popularity of Research In Motion (RIM)’s Blackberry smartphones, but it is organizations like Communitech and The Accelerator Center which are ensuring that Waterloo will be well positioned in the global tech community for years to come.


iSystemsNow Begins Operations

Posted by admin on November 20, 2012

iSystemsNow is the primary business operating entity for Intelligent Systems Now Inc.  

If you want to know a little bit about how we settled on the name Intelligent Systems Now, it is part to do with Jeremy and mine's desire to push the use of new technology and new solutions to the industrial automation problems we face, and part to do with how hard it is to find a decent web domain now a days.


Intelligent Systems Now Incorporates

Posted by admin on November 19, 2012

On November 19th, 2012, Nathan Haddock and Jeremy Druce filed the necessary papers to incorporate Intelligent Systems Now in the province of Ontario.  This was the end of one journey and the begining of another.  All the fun of deciding on a name, a marketing strategy and path to market was behind us; all that was left was actually figuring out how we were going to execute work and then to do it.


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