Ottawa tech firms descend on Vegas to show wares at Consumer Electronics Showcase

The start of the new year means new tech at the Consumer Electronics Showcase, and several local Ottawa area companies are in Las Vegas this week to flaunt their latest products.

CES is often billed as a chance for large and rising technology companies to attract consumer and media attention to new (sometimes flashy) offerings and upgrades.

Kanata-based QNX Software Systems, fresh off a $100-million investment from parent company BlackBerry, today lifted the hood on its latest autonomous driving operating system on the showroom floor.

The new product acts as a base platform for outfitting vehicles with autonomous drive features such as collision avoidance and reading traffic signs. The company advertised improvements to its operating system’s safety and security features, in keeping with BlackBerry CEO John Chen’s assertion in December that the company is targeting the intersection of security and mobility.

Kanata’s You.i TV made its third trip to Las Vegas with its new You.i Engine One front and center. The product is an out-of-box solution for media companies to create their own TV and video-on-demand platforms, which the company claims can cut development efforts necessary for such an interface in half.

The company is also showcasing the latest results from its partnership with Turner Broadcasting by adapting its Cartoon Network app for use on Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV platforms.

Speaking of Amazon, the team from Amazon Alexa, a project in-development in Ottawa, also made their way down to CES to showcase the latest developments in the company’s voice-responsive smart home system.

CES 2017 runs from Jan. 4-7 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Here are a few of the other companies with an Ottawa presence making their mark at the techstravaganza:

  • Nokia
  • Cisco
  • Lumenum
  • Viavi Solutions
  • Semtech Corporation
  • Skyworks Inc.
  • Integrated Device Technology
  • Cadence Design Systems
  • Ericsson
  • BlackBerry
  • Airbus Defense & Space
  • Espial