New Traffic Management App for the City of Ottawa

November 19,2013 by

Meet Ottawa Nav — a connected city and traffic management solution that fits in the palm of your hand. Powered by Flybits’ context-aware engine, Ottawa Nav delivers real-time traffic updates, city-centric apps and services — when you need it most. A scalable solution that integrates with existing City of Ottawa infrastructure, Ottawa Nav disseminates traffic events (new and old) as you drive, bike or bus throughout the city. To prevent distracted driving, the system offers a driver’s mode and passenger mode, which presents information in an audible or visual fashion respectively.

Ottawa Nav is available on Android and iPhone. Visit the City of Ottawa to learn more.

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City of Ottawa and Flybits Launch Ottawa Nav

November 15,2013 by

The City of Ottawa and Flybits Unveil New Traffic Management Tool That Provides Real-Time Traveller Information to Residents

TORONTO, November 18, 2013 — The City of Ottawa and Flybits, an emerging Ryerson University start-up, announced today the release of a free mobile application called Ottawa Nav. The app, using the Flybits platform, connects users to municipal services and infrastructure providing relevant real-time information from construction updates to collisions or speed limit notifications in construction and school zones.


Steven D’Costa, Ryerson University alumnus and Flybits team member, was the lead developer for Ottawa Nav.

“Flybits is helping communities adopt technology that dramatically improves the quality of life,” said Ryerson University President Sheldon Levy. “The company was founded two years ago by Ryerson RTA professor Hossein Rahnama and his students and has already going international, making the case for building Canadian leadership supporting startups and innovation.”

“Ottawa is the first city in the world to deploy a context-aware computing strategy,” said Dr. Hossein Rahnama, Founder and CEO of Flybits. “The system senses and interprets contextual parameters—such as location, day, time, mobile and personal preferences—surrounding each individual user, delivering relevant and customized services to make the most out of their mobile experience. Ottawa Nav is launching with a focus on intelligent traffic solutions, but the same framework can be used to disseminate all useful information pertaining to Ottawa. By utilizing this powerful tool to connect city services and make them available to residents in real time, the City of Ottawa has become a pioneer in the discovery and actualization of a smarter, more connected city.”

The Ottawa Nav application maps the city into zones, associating contextual data with every location. As commuters move throughout the city, they receive useful and relevant information in real time based on their location and travel preferences.

The app’s functionality differs depending on whether the user is a driver or a passenger. While driving, the mobile app delivers relevant audible instructions to inform users of events occurring in their area of travel, including construction projects, collisions and other unplanned incidents. Ottawa Nav will also provide speed limit notifications in construction and school zones. While in passenger mode, users can tap into the City and Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s traffic cameras to access live feeds from the traffic situation within and near their immediate location. In addition, the system’s scalability also gives the network the capability to remain current with new transportation technologies and upgrades in the future.

The Ottawa Nav application is now available for free on the Apple AppStore and Google Play for Android devices. Other platforms will become available in the future. For more information about the Ottawa Nav app watch the promotional video.

Ottawa Nav was designed and developed by Flybits Inc., a Ryerson University spin-off company and Canadian leader in context-aware intelligent mobility solutions. Flybits has collaborated with other transportation entities to create relevant and context-aware platforms. Recently Flybits and Ryerson worked with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to create a smart internal communications system for optimizing workforce efficiency. In 2011 Flybits and Ryerson University developed the context-aware GO Mobile app for GO Transit, the largest transit entity in Canada. The Go Mobile app has now been downloaded by more than 500,000 passengers. Flybits, also a MaRS Innovation startup company, is headquartered in the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University in Toronto, with an office in the United Kingdom located in London’s Tech City. In November 2013, Flybits was awarded the 2013 Aegis Graham Bell Award for Location Based Services. The world’s largest award in the fields of telecom, internet, media and edutainment, the Aegis Graham Bell Awards were initiated by the Aegis School of Management, the leading business school for Telecom Management in India. In 2012, MIT’s Technology Review magazine listed Rahnama as among the world’s top innovators under the age of 35 for his work with Flybits.


For more information:

Flybits Contact: Lauren Clegg, Media Relations, Ryerson University
416-979-5000 x2997

Ottawa Media Contact: 613-580-2450

Flybits Wins an Aegis Graham Bell Award

November 4,2013 by

Flybits is honoured to have won the Aegis Graham Bell Award for Location Based Services at the 2013 Aegis Graham Bell Awards. Known around the world as the largest award ceremony in the fields of Telecom, Internet, Media and Edutainment, The Aegis Grahman Bell Awards were initiated by the Aegis School of Management, the leading business school for Telecom Management in India.aegis 2

The ceremony took place in New Delhi, where the Flybits team was presented with the honourary award.  Accepting the award on behalf of Flybits was Ryerson Futures’, Ankur Khera. The Flybits team is thrilled to have received such a prestigious award and hopes to participate in next year’s ceremony alongside a number of other leading companies such as Vodafone, Airtel and Reliance.


Build Your Smart City

May 27,2013 by

Without imposing costly infrastructure and integration costs, Flybits addresses the mobile information needs of government and/or enterprise entities while simultaneously delivering a customized experience for customers.

Skyline of a Flybits Smart City

Skyline of a Flybits Smart City

A Flybits Smart City offers the following functionality:

  • Workforce management
  • Asset management
  • Device management
  • Machine-to-machine capabilities
  • Customizable, real-time analytics
  • Access to a administrative website for the deployment of apps and services



In addition to the following business benefits:

  • Improve customer service
  • Increase efficiences
  • Raise productivity benefits
  • Optimize communication strategy

Flybits is an enabler of context-aware mobile solutions for a wide variety of verticals including Air Transport, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Retail, Manufacturing and Health. A seamless and scalable technology, Flybits can interconnect a city with its enivironment and people with their surroundings, thus forming one cohesive interconnected, smart city. Learn more about Flybits and our vertical-specific solutions.


Flybits Exhibiting at Mobile World Congress 2013 and Officially Launching Flybits LITE

February 14,2013 by

Context-Aware and Intelligent Mobility Solutions by Flybits
February 25-28th in the Canadian Pavilion (Stand 7F50, Booth 14)

Toronto, Canada, February 14, 2013 – Flybits, an innovative company in the development of context-aware and intelligent mobility solutions, has announced today that they will be exhibiting at Mobile World Congress 2013 and launching a revolutionary mobile product called Flybits LITE. Flybits LITE is an innovative Platform as a Service (PaaS) that enables the quick creation and deployment of context-aware mobile computing applications for enterprises without the dependency of dedicated infrastructure.

The Founder and CEO of Flybits, Dr. Hossein Rahnama, was recognized in 2012 by the MIT Technology Review for his work on the Flybits platform, which focuses on context-aware and cloud computing platforms that can provide relevant information to mobile users while giving them full control on their privacy. With a growing corporate and public interest in Flybits technology, Rahnama was identified as one of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35 (TR35) along with the founders of Dropbox, Spotify and Pinterest.

Employing a suite of patent-protected context-aware technologies, the Flybits platform and applications deliver relevant, timely and location-based information to targeted mobile users in real-time. Flybits LITE is an instance of the Enterprise Framework that empowers consumers to create and consume information in new ways with social and local functionality. Using Flybits LITE, mobile users can create zones instantaneously in order to provision mobile applications and services using an intuitive and visual web-based interface. Flybits LITE follows a social-driven architecture that allows enhanced collaboration and interaction between users.

The Flybits platform, FARE (Flybits Activity Recognition Engine) enables Ubiquitous Relevance™: whereby any location on earth – whether building, city or country – can become smart and relevant spaces. This newfound layer of connectivity identifies each physical location or zone as a geo-fenced app store that can deliver relevant and customized information to its associated users, the public and private application repositories.

Core features of the Flybits platform include:

  • Disseminating information to users in real-time through the creation of semantic-driven, rule-oriented geo-fences (known as Zones)
  • Associating business rules, content and logic with Flybits Apps through intuitive drag-and-drop functionality
  • Safeguarding user privacy in accordance with Privacy by Design Guidelines
  • Customizable real-time and passive mobile analytics, resulting in the delivery of improved content, services and user behavior insight

“Flybits technology is changing how people use their mobile devices and helping them to address the issue of information overload by understanding their surrounding context and respecting their privacy” said Dr. Hossein Rahnama. I am proud that this redefinition of innovation is emerging from the Flybits portfolio and look forward to the industry’s response at Mobile World Congress.”

Flybits will be stationed at stand 7F50, booth 14 in the Ontario, Canada pavilion at the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona (February 25-28, 2013).  Flybits LITE – a unified and scalable platform that provides personalized and relevant content to mobile users – will be officially launched and showcased throughout the duration of the event.

About Flybits

Flybits was founded by Dr. Hossein Rahnama, along with a team of Computer Science graduates, to commercialize a cloud-based platform for creating applications that deliver the ultimate mobile user experience. The company’s core middleware platform, FARE (Flybits Activity Recognition Engine) enables enterprises to benefit globally from Ubiquitous Relevance™: customers, employees, supplier – everyone receives timely and tailored information when needed. Flybits creates opportunities – connecting people and places to possibilities™.

Flybits is a spin-off company of Ryerson University with the participation of MaRS Innovation. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, with an office in the United Kingdom. For further information, visit

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Rachel Miadovnik at +1-416-979-5000 ext. 2045 or email at

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