Vancouver Island Tech Park keeps the pulse of their park

This morning at the AURP 2009 Annual Conference at the Westin Bayshore, host Dale Gann of the Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) got into the action during the industry track The Power of Connected Research Parks.

Thanks to the rapid expansion of devices and systems that require connectivity and access to IP networks, Gann's research park in rural Victoria is well on it's way to institutionalizing "the Network as the Fourth Utility". With the help of Cisco and Vancouver's Pulse Energy, the VITP is cutting costs on operations while reducing energy usage and their carbon fooprint.

Gann shared the podium with Cisco's Dr. Rick Huijbregts and Pulse Energy's David Helliwell who described how convergence and integration it providing the VITP with an opportunity to deliver stellar services to its tenants while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving money on operations. VITP is using its Fourth Utility to optimize metering and energy management as well as provide voice, data, and physical security services. Pulse Energy's online dashboard provides real-time energy information to building occupants and the public.

Pulse Energy is a product of Small Energy Group which was co-founded by Helliwell and Greg Kerfoot (ex-Crystal Decisions Founder). Small Energy Group currently employees 25 in West Vancouver.

Vancouver Island Technology Park
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP), a University of Victoria Enterprise, facilitates the growth of technology on Vancouver Island by providing physical infrastructure that links provincial, national and international resources with emerging or growing tech companies. VITP functions as a separate business unit accountable to the University of Victoria Properties Investment Inc. on... more

Pulse Energy
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

As buildings and electricity grids begin to take advantage of a wide range of technological and regulatory developments, there are unprecedented opportunities to improve the management of the world’s energy and to increase energy productivity in millions of buildings around the world. Pulse Energy was founded in 2006 to make a rapid and significant impact on the energy efficiency of the world’s... more

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