Dartmouth Firm Expanding Facility to Meet Growing Demand for its Remote Monitoring DevicesJanuary 15, 2015 – Dartmouth, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
With business on the rise, Xeos Technologies Inc. (Xeos) of Dartmouth is expanding its facility. Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA), announced Government of Canada support for the expansion today.
Xeos began in 2004 when three engineers decided to pool their expertise in electrical engineering, mechanics, software development and manufacturing. The result was a new Nova Scotian technology company focused on wireless monitoring solutions. Working from a small facility in Bedford, Xeos began designing hardware and software to remotely monitor equipment, processes and people. They quickly captured the attention of science and security markets with their durable beacons, trackers and transmitters, designed for harsh environments and tested in the North Atlantic Ocean.
One year ago, Xeos purchased a larger building in Dartmouth to house the growing business. By the time they made the move, they'd grown faster than expected and were soon at full capacity. The space constraint was limiting their growth and making it difficult to keep up with the demand for their products.
With support from the Government of Canada, through ACOA, Xeos is now expanding its Dartmouth facility to accommodate their ongoing growth. The expansion project will create additional production and lab space as well as office space for an application engineer and business development hires.
The Government of Canada is providing a $153,000 repayable contribution to the project, through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP).
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Xeos alarm and locating beacons have been to the bottom of Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest spot in the planet’s oceans, and back – three times. Xeos would like to congratulate the team of the Leggo Lander Expedition and the Schmidt Ocean Institute for their groundbreaking research and thank them for using Xeos beacons for security and recovery.
The Leggo Lander expedition took place Dec 14-21, 2014, in conjunction with the Schmidt Ocean Institute. The team used instrumentation landers, equipment capable of withstanding the almost 16,000 pounds per square inch of pressure at the bottom of the trench. The landers were fitted with equipment to measure sound, film the environment, collect seawater animals and sediment, and collect additional data to better understand the nature of the ocean depths.
The three Xeos recovery beacons, rated to 11,000 m below sea level, were used to secure the expensive equipment and irreplaceable sensor data. In the event of a mishap, the beacon would alert researchers if the equipment rose to the surface and help them locate it.
“It is hard to describe how exciting it is to be a part of such groundbreaking exploration. This is cutting edge research which is pushing the boundaries of technology,” says Darren Penney, Director of Business Development – Environmental Monitoring. “We’re proud that our designs can stand up to the challenge and be a part of it.”
In fact, the research set several world records in the process. One of the records set was for the deepest microbes ever collected and maintained at their natural pressure environment.
Life thriving at 10,000 m below sea level.