Centre for Sensors and System Integration
Who we are
NAIT’s Centre for Sensors and System Integration is a research centre funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Created to partner with small and medium enterprises seeking coordinated innovation development services, the centre is staffed with highly qualified specialists and technologists experienced in providing prototype development solutions.
What we do
We help industry partners develop prototype devices that address sensor-based challenges in resource extraction, agriculture, biomedical, and advanced technology enterprises. Working with both established sensor devices and new or innovative devices, our team uses engineering technology to produce and evaluate prototypes for field trial.
Our expertise and experience focuses on moving sensor innovations along the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale. The TRL is a nine-level scale that categorizes the developmental state of an innovation as it moves from concept through to commercialization. Read the complete description of TRL levels.
Working with industry
An important aspect of our service model is that we do not retain any interest in intellectual property (IP) developed in partnership with industry during the course of research or prototyping activities. Possession of IP is retained by the industry partner.
As a recognized polytechnic institute, NAIT is approved to receive and manage research funds from several provincial and federal programs, reducing the cash commitment necessary from industry to engage in applied research projects. NAIT’s Office of Research and Innovation, working with the centre and industry partners, can help determine appropriate funding programs and assist in completing applications.
We work with other innovation service providers in Alberta, giving our industry partners a single point of contact and access to experienced project management that ties into the broader innovation network.