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Security Protection International

Security Protection International (SPI) was founded in 2010. Our organization conceives, develops and markets innovative solutions that secure people, places and assets for an international market. Its RD division is divided into two areas of interest: Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) and the Scientific Research Development Division with a focus on new technologies capable of detecting hazardous and harmful substances.

The RFID Division specializes in the conception and creation of critical material detection and management technology through radio frequency. It has developed a solution that allows keeping track of the critical equipment in emergency vehicles. This product is presently being marketed in Canada and in the USA.

Our Scientific Research Development Division’s specific purpose is to develop new technologies capable of detecting harmful substances, bacteria and compounds that could be hazardous to the population (as well as having significant effect on the economy). Our RD team works to create detection devices and systems that are innovative, highly sensitive, portable and user-friendly. As a result, SPI established an extended network of research and development collaborators with Canadian universities and industries.

For the past four years, the Scientific Research Development Division of SPI, has been researching the possibility of detecting drug substance in an open environment. We are presently at the stage where we have developed a prototype of a device that is capable of such detection using mass spectrometer technology.

To respond to the need for better solutions, SPI Scientific RD Division has allied with the Université de Québec en Outaouais (UQO). The UQO team is presently working on a project to develop a portable device, which will detect bacteria in both food and water in real-time. At UQO, our project is led by Dr. Wojtek Bock, a world-recognized researcher in the field of fiber optic sensors and sensor systems.

As part of our research agenda, we also collaborate with industry and with government. SPI is part of a consortium made up of “Ottawa Security Systems and Communication Ltd.” and, “Site Secure Software”, two registered Canadian companies based in Ottawa, Ontario. This relationship allows SPI to increase its commercialization capacity.

All of these sectors help us understand the market need as well as provide us with essential information throughout the development process to ensure that we are creating the best response to address this need.

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Mass Spectrometry

Over the past century improvements to the transportation industry has facilitated mass movement of people and product, including illicit drugs. Police and other enforcement agencies have been challenged in interrupting the flow as very few technical options are available to facilitate drug detection.SPI is presently working on a prototype capable of detecting drug substances in open-air environments using mass spectrometry technology.



Present day methods of detecting substances, bacteria or compounds in our environments or in our water/food supply involve medical laboratory testing that are time consuming and costly to both business and ultimately to human health. To develop portable devices, which will detect potential hazards in real-time, would be of great benefit to many public and private industries.

SPI recognizes the value of photonic sensing technologies in achieving its vision and recognizes the important advances already achieved by Dr. Bock and his team. To ensure success in the development of such new products, SPI has developed an alliance with the Photonics Research Center at the Université de Quebec en Outaouais headed by Dr. Bock – a world-renown expert in the field.

Our aim is to complete, with Dr. Bock’s team, the fundamental development of photonic sensors to clearly demonstrate their effectiveness in the context of applications harmful contaminants and microorganisms.We believe that a SPI and UQO collaboration to develop low-cost, high-performance optical sensor systems is of utmost importance to future security and health related industries. chaire de recherche a lUQO

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