CommandWear Systems’ rise to success: Technology start-ups accelerate in Canada with the help of Wavefront

CommandWearWe’ve had a long-standing partnership with Wavefront, a Vancouver-based, non-profit business incubator and accelerator. To mark this week’s Wavefront Summits, we sat down with Mike Morrow, CEO of CommandWear Systems to learn about their business and working with Wavefront.

What is CommandWear Systems and how do you work with first responders in the wake of natural (and man-made) disasters?

Having spent 25 years developing crisis management software systems and working alongside first responders, CommandWear chose to tackle critical problems that inhibit responders’ ability to keep us safe and also keep themselves alive in an emergency.

CommandWear offers a secure web-based application that Commanders and Dispatchers can use on any PC or tablet to locate and communicate on the frontlines by using smartphones and wearable technology (e.g. smartwatches).  The system works even when cellular networks are overloaded and the software can function in areas where no communications exist at all. It’s extremely simple to use and requires no more than a 1 minute orientation.  All data is recorded in a database so organizations can review events and incorporate learnings.

How did you come up with the idea to create a wearable technology for the public safety industry?

I saw wearable technology as a way for responders to remain heads-up and hands-free to do their job. We started looking at heads-up displays (smart glasses) but quickly realized that the smartwatch was the best form factor for messaging.  We are testing new wearable technology and will certify only what stands up to the challenging environments first responders work in.

What organizations can benefit from using your solution?

Any public safety agency or security organization that requires situational awareness within an urban or rural environment. Police, fire and emergency medical services are the primary users of our system to date but we are getting interest from security services companies and organizations that have workers operating in remote or hazardous environments.

How has working with Wavefront and Rogers helped your business?

The Wavefront Acceleration Program has been valuable in providing R&D funding, mentoring and introductions to key partners and investors. Rogers is a Wavefront partner and this naturally led us to discussions around how CommandWear and Rogers can collaborate on projects to ensure responders stay connected by bundling Rogers’ devices and network infrastructure and services.

What’s next for CommandWear?

2015 is the year we roll-out the solution in North America. Organizations like the RCMP and San Diego are using our solution today and this year the goal is to leverage our successes and apply learnings to rapidly enhance our solution offerings and value. Success in North America will also allow us to expand globally in 2016 since response organizations around the world collaborate closely and are always looking for proven solutions.

This week at the Wavefront Summits in Ottawa, IoT and technology industry leaders, businesses and developers will converge to discuss different ways Canadian businesses like CommandWear Systems are embracing mobile technology and the Internet of Things.

Follow the conversation along at @RogersBiz #WFSummits.

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Mind your business: ‘Smart’ monitoring service launches for Small Businesses

image for Smart BizWant confidence that your staff working the late shift is safe? Left the shop and forgot to arm your security system?

Today, we introduced Smart Business Monitoring, a new way for business owners in Rogers cable footprint and Golden Horseshoe to easily connect, protect and manage what’s happening at their business from anywhere, at any time using their mobile, tablet or computer.

With Rogers Smart Business Monitoring, customers can choose from three different packages based on their business’s needs and budget.  Unlike conventional security platforms, the system connects to night vision cameras, lighting, door and window sensors, and monitor for intruders, motion detection, water leaks, carbon monoxide, smoke and fire. All features can be customized and easily controlled through a mobile app. Check out some of the key features:


  • Adjust your business’s lights and control small appliances via your device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer), on site or remotely.
  • Set programmable rules for those functions, as well (e.g., set the alarm to be disarmed at 8:55 a.m., or have the lights to go off at 7:05 p.m.)
  • Sensors to detect intruders, smoke, water leaks, carbon monoxide and more.


  • 24/7 monitoring by a team of security experts at a centralized monitoring station.
  • Simultaneous dual-network (wireless and broadband) protection to ensure your system is always connected.
  • Speak to a security expert immediately with one click of your system touchpad.
  • Customizable alerts. Choose which alerts to receive, in what way, and whether anyone else on your staff receives them, as well.
  • Remotely arm or disarm the system.


  • Cameras that support day/night vision, and offer image and video capture.
  • Monitor what’s happening at your place of business – from wherever you are– via live video streams or image captures, so you always know what’s going on.

Today, residents of Southern & Eastern Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador book a FREE assessment by visiting

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Do your employees have the devices they need to be productive?

shutterstock_212016325Work happens everywhere, and your teams need to be able to respond, connect and deliver, no matter where their business takes them. Mobile devices are fast becoming the primary, sometimes only, organizational interface for an employee. And now with Extended Coverage available in hard-to-reach spots at no extra charge, employees can talk, text and access data on the go, in more places than ever.

When researching the latest in mobile technology, security, reliability and flexibility should be top of mind. IT infrastructure will change and grow with your business, and it is critical to have not only have the right plan, but also the right devices.

Rogers is proud to offer an innovative solutions portfolio to support your business, and, an exciting device line-up and suite of Unlimited Talk & Text plans. FlexTab™ customers can own a Samsung Galaxy Tab S on select monthly plans.

Want to learn more?

Get expert knowledge on the latest business solutions and offers, see first-hand the latest devices and products for business and enjoy customized advice for your business needs.Talk to a Business Specialist to review your options today

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GIVE AWAY: The Samsung Galaxy S6

hsaefhIt’s arrived! The new Samsung Galaxy S6 is now available to Rogers business customers. But why should you care about this new device? Is it going to make doing business easier and more efficient? It’s going to do that and much more; here are some of the key reasons why this new device is relevant and necessary to any and all Rogers business customers:

Business Performance: Improved software & hardware solutions in the Samsung Galaxy S6 allow for true multitasking & greater productivity.

  • True multitasking & split screen view allow for multiple applications to work at the same time
  • Wireless & fast charging for on-the-go convenience – adaptive fast charging function charges the phone from 0% to 100% in 80 minutes
  • Quick Connect gives you an easy way to share documents with your computer in their original size
  • Ultra power saving mode will help you to get the most work done even when running low on battery

Business Ready Services: Powerful business applications from Microsoft are pre-loaded to support business users and include the following:

  • Optimization of leading business apps for superior productivity and performance
  • Powerful productivity applications from Microsoft:
  • MS OneNote® digital notebook
  • Skype® allows for easy video chat anywhere

Business Grade Security: The GS6 features advanced business-level security comparable to other industry leaders, giving you and your business piece of mind that you’re information is protected and secure.

  • Defense-grade Android security:
  • 256-bit hardware encryption for secure storage
  • VPN support for remote access
  • Knox 2.4 enhancements & solutions keep apps & data securely contained inside the workplace
  • Fingerprint allows for hassle-free authentication of your business device

Built for Business: The Samsung Galaxy S6 features hardware that ensures the device is fast, efficient and provides all the support you need to do business wherever you are.

  • Octa-Core processor for 64-bit processing provides 50% faster performance while using 30% less battery
  • Next-Gen RAM & storage improves speed & battery life
  • Stronger frame, Gorilla Glass 4 & shocked-tested for better road-warrior performance
  • Quad HD Super AMOLED screen for max resolution

Want to give this new device a try? We’re giving four away! All you have to do is to tell us how your business could benefit from a Samsung Galaxy s6 device (100 words or less) in the comment section of this blog post to be entered into our draw.

We’ll be doing a random draw of all eligible email subscribers on April 30, 2015 and will be announcing the winner here, and via our Twitter account, @RogersBiz within approximately ten days following the draw.

For more information about this device contact your local Rogers Small Business Specialist or Rogers representative.

Contest closes at 4:00 pm ET on April 10, 2015. Open to residents of Canada who are 18 years or older, excluding residents of Quebec. Prize: one (1) of four (4) Samsung Galaxy S6 valued at approximately $800. One entry/person. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Mathematical skill-testing question to be correctly answered to win. No Purchase Necessary. Full rules here.

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Voice and video calling now over LTE

LG-G3-img2The speed and reliability of LTE and the new services it enables have opened a whole new world for businesses.  Ultrafast, consistent internet allows businesses to benefit from the next generation of mobile business tools and apps, dramatically transforming the way companies operate. Last week, we launched a new solution that leverages this technology, HD voice and video calling over LTE.

Rogers customers are the first in Canada able to complete high definition HD voice and video calls over LTE, where available, versus the traditional voice network.

HD Voice delivers life-like sound quality and VoLTE lets customers simultaneously place a call and browse the web or stream video at lightning fast LTE speeds. Traditionally, data is transmitted over the HSPA network when a call is in progress, but because VoLTE relies on the LTE network, calls also connect faster to let customers reach colleagues and business partners almost instantly.

Rogers VoLTE is now available across Canada and sets the groundwork for rich communications services of the future, including voice calls and video conferencing and sharing. Customers will be able to make and receive HD video calls to and from other Rogers customers on supported devices.

Now, Rogers business customers will be able to experience VoLTE on the LG G3 Vigor, Canada’s first VoLTE-enabled device. More VoLTE-ready devices are expected this year.

For more information, please visit

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Give your business an edge: Wireless apps for professional services

outlook_imageRemember the days before wireless computing? Professional services careers tethered workers to their desks and to files, contracts, bills and endless piles of paperwork.

The personal computer helped digitize the information but didn’t do much to enable mobility.  With the growth of smartphones and tablets, accountants, lawyers, architects and other professional services organizations have become more productive than ever. It doesn’t stop at the right tablet or smartphone, though.  If professionals really want rely on their device for business, the right apps can be incredibly valuable.

As part of a series on tablets and must-have industry apps, here are three applications that can help professionals work on the go, stay productive and save time:

Evernote (Available on Android & iOS)

Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you keep notes, images, lists and any other information across all of your devices. You can create a plaintext note on your tablet, and then open it on your smartphone or any other devices you use.

Evernote runs on laptops, smartphones, tablets and the Web, allowing you to find your notes and documents at anytime from anywhere.  It’s available with basic features for free, or there are premium and business editions that are available for a monthly fee.  Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity.

Invoice2go (Available on Android & iOS)

Invoice2go allows you to create invoices from your phone, tablet or computer. All your documents are synced across your devices, with charts and reports to track which customers have paid and who still owes you money. The app also creates estimates, purchase orders and more – all the documents you need, organized in one place.

Microsoft Word App (Available on Android & iOS)

Word documents look better than ever on your tablet. When you edit or create documents, you can be confident they will look exactly how you want across PC, Mac, tablet and phone. Word has the familiar Office look and feel along with an intuitive touch experience for tablets, so you’ll be up and running in no time.

Thinking about getting a tablet for your business?  For a limited time, when you add a tablet to your Rogers Share Everything for Business plan, you can get a $50 credit for business apps. *

For more information about recommended apps, visit

*Click here for legal.

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What makes a city smart?

shutterstock_222658033Everyday items are getting a whole lot smarter thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) – from your kitty’s litter box to your baby’s stroller – and the opportunities to capitalize on new business opportunities and unique innovations seems endless.

As we’ve talked about before, the utility of IoT for businesses is unquestionable. Connected devices and big data can help organizations make more intelligent decisions, cut costs and improve productivity.

One area that is gaining ground in IoT is the concept of the connected city. Cities around the world are doing amazing things using wireless technology. This week, at Smart City Montréal, we will be on hand to discuss IoT innovations that are solving common urban problems like congestion, pollution, safety and even snow removal. Here are some of the ways cities today are using wireless technology to run operations in a smarter way:

London, UK and Mississauga, ON:

  • Problem:
    Both cities were spending upwards of 40% of their energy costs on street lighting
  • Solution:
    Smart LED street lighting – A sensor in each street lamp enables the light to dim and brighten based on need – if it’s raining, lights automatically go brighter
  • Result:
    London has seen an 80% reduction in energy costs since installing the new lights
    The city has increased safety and realized savings of $1 million / year

New York and Philadelphia:

  • Problem:
    NYC, 55 thousand tonnes of waste are produced daily and the yearly cost of garbage collection is massive
  • Solution:
    Smart waste bins – Use technology to compact waste in each bin on site, enabling them to hold 4-5 times more trash
    The bins have a sensor to notify head office when they are full
  • Results:
    A 70-80% reduction in truck deployment and trash pick-up


  • Problem:
    Montreal’s 2015 budget for snow removal is $150 million and it takes on average 4 days to clear a 20m snowfall in the city
  • Solution:
    Snow plows with fleet tracking: Fleet tracking data is available on an app so Montreal residents can see when a snow plow is coming to their area and move their car in advance
  • Result:
    Cost savings: streets are plowed more quickly and efficiently.
    Minimized disruption to residents: they know when their street will be plowed and can plan accordingly.

This week, follow along @RogersBiz #smartcitymtl to learn more on #IoT and what it can do for your city.

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Get the right tablet for your business

mobile_internet_tablets_bannerToday, Canadians are going multi-platform and owning more tablets than ever before. We love tablets and we know that many of our customers are using the technology in interesting and productive ways from replacing paper to delivering presentations.

We recently launched Easy Pay, our new tablet financing plan that lets you get a tablet for $0 down* when you add it to your Share Everything for Business plan (taxes and Connection Fee extra).

Tablets can help you access information and use applications that  increase productivity and allow you to work on documents and reports from anywhere.

How does Easy Pay work?

  • Pick a tablet you want from Rogers
  • Add the tablet to your Share Everything for Business plan for $10 per month
  • Pay $0 down (a $20 connection fee and taxes on the full cost of the tablet will appear on your first invoice)
  • Make equal Easy Pay payments over 24 months (0% APR on approved credit

How are payments calculated?

It’s simple to calculate your monthly Easy Pay payment:

  • Cost of tablet ÷ 24 months = Easy Pay monthly payment

As an example, here’s how we’d calculate your monthly Easy Pay payment if you got the Samsung GALAXY Tab S today:

  • $649.99 ÷ 24 months = $27.08 per month for 24 months  No term price $649.99

If you want to pay your tablet balance off at any time, Easy Pay gives you the flexibility to do that.

Getting the tablet isn’t everything, though.  If you really want to use your tablet for business, the right apps can be incredibly valuable.  You can talk to our Small Business Specialists to learn more about some of the apps we recommend, or, check out our site to see for yourself.

Plus, for a limited time, when you add a tablet to your Share Everything for Business plan primary line, you can get a $50 credit for business apps to get started**.

For more information about Easy Pay, and to see some of our recommended apps, visit

*Click here for legal. 

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4 Things You Can Check On with Rogers Check-In

This post originally appeared on Connected For Business and has been republished with permission.

Get the advice and information you need to build the best communications plan for your business.

As a small-business owner, staying on top of every facet of your operations may be your top priority. But amid the myriad day-to-day tasks you’re already juggling, sitting down to figure out the best, most cost-effective solutions to your company’s communications needs can be daunting – not to mention time-consuming.

Rogers understands how busy you are and how important it is for your business to have the products, services and plans it needs to thrive, which is precisely why Rogers Check-In was created.

With Rogers Check-In, you can book a free 30-minute phone consultation with a Small Business Specialist, who’ll provide you with a full end-to-end review of your company’s account, offer expert advice on building the best plans, guide you through purchasing new products, and answer any questions you may have about any of it.

Here are four of the things you can check on during your Check-In phone consultation.

1. Your Internet Package

Maybe you signed up for a particular internet package when your business launched, but your company has grown and, along with it, so have your online needs. With Rogers Check-In, you can find out whether your package still has everything you need, and you can learn about money-saving bundling options or new products that might help boost your team’s productivity even more.

2. Your Voice And Data Plans

Whether you’re a sole proprietor or the founder of a rapidly growing business, a Rogers Check-In consultation can ensure your company has the ideal wireless plan(s) in place. Perhaps, for example, it’s time to sign yourself and your colleagues up for a Share Everything for Business plan? A Small Business Specialist can help you decide during yourRogers Check-In call.

3. Your Roaming Solutions

If you do business in the United States, you know how vital it is to have the right roaming plan, so that staying in touch with the office is easy and affordable. A Small Business Specialist can find the solution that fits your needs best, including opting in to ROAM LIKE HOME, so that you can enjoy worry-free roaming while you’re visiting clients in the U.S.

4. Your Additional Rogers Services

There are plenty of additional services available to you as a small-business customer with Rogers, and a Small Business Specialist can ensure you have exactly what you need. If you’re looking for answers to your tech questions, get details on Rogers TechXpert for Business. If you’re curious about adding a tablet to your existing wireless plan, you can find out how to do it. In short, your complimentary Rogers Check-In consultation can help you assess your existing services and determine which others might be an ideal match for your company.

Booking your free Rogers Check-In consultation takes just a few clicks:

  1. Visit the Rogers Check-In website, and click on Book your free appointment now.
  2. Choose the Rogers service(s) you’d like to review during your consultation.
  3. Fill in your details, then select an appointment time that works best for you. If you’d like a text-message reminder before your appointment, check that box, too.
  4. Press Submit. That’s it – your consultation is booked!

To learn more about Rogers Check-In, or to book your consultation, click here.

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