President and CEO
A Canadian's passion for technology leads to a new generation of GPS-wireless
products for improved communications throughout the Americas.
WBT: I understand your entry into the wireless space was from real estate.
Isn't that rather unusual?
SV: I graduated from the University of Calgary in 1986 and thought it would
be fun to get involved in commercial real estate. Back then Calgary's real
estate market was heavily dependent on crude oil prices, because the Alberta
economy was made up primarily of petroleum producers, refiners, marketers,
and service companies. Every time crude prices slumped, so did Alberta real
After a while, I saw a trend: technology companies were starting up - some
led by former oil industry personnel - and gradually reducing Alberta's
economic dependence on petrole... (more)
SAP's Venture Fund has tucked $6 million in A Series money into so-called
geographic business intelligence software developer Alteryx Inc to support
its infrastructure build-out, go-to-market execution and possible
Alteryx targets Fortune 500 and mid-market companies in the automotive,
retail, commercial real estate, telecommunications, cable, manufacturing and
finance industries as well as government and university customers.
Its technology is delivered in desktop, server and public/private cloud
The 14-year-old California company claims a... (more)
The Austin Business Journal and Xceligent today announced the launch of
Austin bizspace, a powerful new commercial real estate site for brokers,
owners and related professionals to market services and assets to Austin area
Traditionally, the marketing of commercial real estate services and
properties has largely been through print-based media. Now, via the Austin
Business Journal website with nearly 300,000 monthly page views, Austin
bizspace will deliver a comprehensive online vehicle for commercial real
estate professionals to target local and national busines... (more)
By applying Web-based and wireless technologies, real-estate owners can
achieve astounding efficiencies that can drive revenues up and operating
costs down, thereby enhancing the value of their properties.
Whoever said, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," didn't know much about
commercial real estate. The process ain't broke. It works, but it's clunky.
For example, most commercial real estate service requests involve a
handwritten/phone/fax method for initiating and responding to service
requests. But the inefficiencies - brought on by poor communications and way
too much paperwo... (more)
If they plan to remain viable in today's markets, now is the time for real
estate firms to make some dramatic changes by offering intelligent amenities
in their commercial properties.
How do we prop up our dying shopping center? How do we develop and maintain
more business for our stadium? How do we raise our commercial properties'
occupancy from 45% to 85%?
These questions are being asked more and more in the commercial real estate
industry as the economy remains in a slump in many locations. Many executives
are baffled because their usual management techniques are not working. I... (more)
The combination of Wi-Fi and DAS (Distributed Antennae Systems)
communications technology is becoming a new intelligent amenity in many
sports stadiums for enhancing the fan experience by having apps like Stadium
VIP and others providing new services available at your fingertips through
Just as we have next-generation Intelligent Business Campuses (IBCs) and
Intelligent Industrial Parks being developed and occupied worldwide, another
segment of commercial real estate is starting to evolve to its next
generation utilizing intelligent amenities: the Intelligent