Big Rock Technologies
Big Rock Technologies’ smart-drone medical supply chain innovations provide distribution and allocation solutions for first responders, rural communities, and isolated individuals. We will safely and effectively deliver 100 lbs of supplies, medicine, and testing to remote areas, helping local populations by vastly reducing time, exposure, and costs of travelling to healthcare facilities for evaluation, diagnostics, and procurement of medication. These unmanned aerial vehicle technologies improve community safety, mitigate risk, and enhance emergency response.
Our unmanned aerial vehicles are utilized to carry payloads, perform deliveries, and operate cameras to assess and execute specific, highly focused operational tasks. Each smart-drone will be equipped with a revolutionary universal OS (Operating System) allowing the smart-drone to become a robust aerial platform with autonomous and supervised flight capability to run analytics while assisting in health data collection, viral test processing, and medical supply delivery tasks.
An artificial intelligence powered module creates a sleek, power-efficient, GPU-accelerated, embedded intelligent system to process data from sensors for BLOS (beyond-line-of-sight) flight and unmanned navigation, as well as grappling hooks, payload carriers, refrigeration units, heat sensors and autonomous flight reconnaissance equipment. These technological advances allow municipalities and private organizations to develop customized applications specifically targeted to preventative services, with the ability to deliver products and services like food, equipment, and medicine before disaster strikes.
We have partnered with Valqari in building fully autonomous no-touch two-way medical delivery networks utilizing drones. With autonomous point-to-point delivery, we can create sterile transportation networks that eliminate the community spread risks of COVID, unlike traditional testing processes and logistics networks. This would be a perfect compliment to current telehealth initiatives, while also providing a chain of custody for controlled medicines.
Universal drone-ports allow for shelter, charging, servicing, distribution, and serve as the data collection hub for all aerial communication. These drone-port stations will be an eagle-nest perch, similar to the deck of an aircraft carrier, from which smart-drones take off, land, and transmit information. Drone-port platforms will be retrofitted to existing infrastructure along railway tracks and hydro lines, co-existing within abundant and affordable industrial centers.
Sioux Lookout’s rich history of life began over 5,000 years ago when this land was Ojibway territory. Our name Sioux Lookout comes from this area’s use as a strategic vantage point where guards could see far way canoes approaching on the English River system and is rooted in the legend of the battle between the Ojibway and Sioux First Nations.
The Town of Sioux Lookout was incorporate in 1912 when it was connected to the rest of Ontario via the railway. It went from being a railway terminal point in the early 1900s to gold and iron mining town as well as leading aviation centre.
Looking back to the early days of Sioux Lookout, it was economic development that put it on Canada’s map, beginning as a camp for railway surveyors, followed by construction and bush workers. The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway reached the site in 1909 and by 1910, about 150 had settled there. It was the same year that Canada’s Prime Minister Sir Wilfred Laurier named the community “Graham” in honour of his Minister of Railways and Canals, George P. Graham. But two years later on January 1, 1912, it became part of a Municipality by order of Ontario Municipal Board and was renamed the Town of Sioux Lookout after a nearby high point of land that had been used by the Ojibway in the late 1700s to watch for their enemy, the Sioux.
In 1952 as Sioux Lookout Air Station of the United States Air Force, with the radar functions being run by No. 912 Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron.
In October 1962 the station was turned over to the RCAF. The operating unit was re- designated 39 Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron and the base, RCAF Station Sioux Lookout. This was part of an arrangement with the United States that came as a result of the cancellation of the Avro Arrow. Canada would lease 66 F-101 Voodoo fighters and take over operation of 12 Pinetree radar bases.
In 1963, was upgraded to the Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) system and became a long-range radar site. The station was assigned to the 30th NORAD Region. As a consequence of the change, the operating unit was once again renamed, this time as 39 Radar Squadron. In 1966, Sioux Lookout was reassigned to the 29th NORAD Region, and in October 1967, Sioux Lookout was re-named CFS Sioux Lookout in accordance with the Unification of the Forces.
In 1969, Sioux Lookout was again switched to the 23d NORAD Region and in 1983 it began reporting to Canada West ROCC.
In 1985, DND announced that the Pinetree Line would be shut down as a part of the North American Air Defence Modernization Plan. As a result, CFS Sioux Lookout closed in July 1987.
Today, Sioux Lookout continues to be the “Hub of the North” providing Health, Education, Social, Justice Services and Commerce for 33 Far North First Nation Communities, over 30,000 people representing one-third of all isolated First Nation Communities in Canada.
The Sioux Lookout Regional Airport has over 128,000 passengers annually and over 30,000 movements. Second busiest airport in Northwestern Ontario and Sioux Lookout is a designated evacuation community for Northern Communities experiencing forest fires, flooding and environmental climate change impacts.
Sioux Lookout is home to the Meno Ya Win Regional Hospital and the Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority providing state-of-the-art healthcare and research for the North.
The EDC has embraced Sioux Lookout as a knowledge based industry leader in Northwestern Ontario and established the Innovation Station in 2019 to commence working with organizations such as the Meno Ya Win, Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority, Northwestern Health Unit, Sioux Lookout Friendship Accord, Lakehead University, University of Toronto and Confederation College.
Valqari, Municipality of Sioux Lookout Economic Development, University of Lakehead, Free Form Fiber, JumpStart Wireless, and Ballard Power.
Roger Rutherford CEO, Big Rock Technologies
20 years experience in civil construction, sales, manufacturing, and software development, with an extensive background in management, contracts, sales, operations, and creative design. He is founder and CEO of the e-commerce industrial platform, BigRockMountain.com (CV)
30 years experience in computer software design. He served as technical lead for IBM groups, CORBA Tools Group, and the Java Soft Middleware and Component Products Group. He is President and CEO of JumpStart Wireless. (CV)
Ryan Walsh, BS CEO, Valqari
15 years experience leading elite teams with the US Army 75th Ranger Regiment and as CEO of Valqari. He invented an unrivaled Autonomic Logistics Information System, solving the last inch of aerial delivery logistics with his patented Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox. (CV)
Geoff Graves, BSc Strategic Partnerships and Logistics, Valqari
20 years experience in aviation, logistics and problem solving. From getting pilots wings at 17, to refocusing the European Union’s Humanitarian Aviation Program in Afghanistan, overseeing Vanuatu’s “cold chain vaccination supply drones program” for UNICEF, Geoff has been focused on drones, disasters and development. (CV)
Vicki Blanchard, EDM (CMSL), Tori J.E. Riley, VP (SEDC), Dr. Shay Harrison (Advanced Materials), Dr. Margaret McKay (Logistics AI), Petra Davenport JD, Nancy McGlade, CPA, Nathan Brimmer MS (CIO), Adam Luaces BS (COO).