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News Article | August 10, 2017

ReStoring Data now offers drone forensic services to its list of offerings which already includes data recovery and digital forensics for computers and mobile phones. -- Comprehensive drone forensic services are now available at ReStoring Data. This new digital forensic service comes at a time where the ability to acquire and fly big and fast unmanned aerial vehicles ("UAVs" or "drones") is easier than ever.This new forensic service offered by ReStoring Data can be utilized by anyone, from law enforcement to individuals, to extract and analyze data from drones involved in improper operations. ReStoring Data has developed expertise and proprietary tools, in partnership with AerialX, to provide forensically sound analyses of drones.It is expected that drones will become involved in an increasing number of problematic incidents. Privacy invasion, property damage, industrial espionage, and terrorism are just a few examples of situations where government officials will need special expertise. With the right tools at hand, a drone's internal data will lead investigators right to its pilot. There is a potential wealth of evidence in a drone, but only if the logs are parsed properly.Data that is stored in drones includes second-by-second GPS telemetry, past flight paths, and saved flight plans. Each model can have a different type of telemetry storage format, but ReStoring Data's developers are equipped to decode the logs of popular UAV models or work to develop innovative technology for rare UAVs. The company is prepared to assist clients with forensically analyzing any UAV, even those severely damaged in a crash, by leveraging its exemplary forensic team of technicians, analysts, and developers in its fully-equipped data recovery and digital forensics lab."Collaboration between our incredible staff and experts in the drone and forensics industries has allowed us to expand service into the field of drone forensics," said Noam Kenig, CEO of ReStoring Data. "The array of evidence our analysts can extract from virtually any drone is unbelievable and will be of immense value to any investigation or legal case involving a drone."ReStoring Data now has the expertise and in-house tools required to completely analyze drones for any information that might assist those seeking justice.Want to know more? Visit drone-forensics- services.html or e-mail us with inquiries about this new service.About ReStoring Data:Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Vancouver, BC, ReStoring Data is a leading, multi-award-winning data recovery and digital forensics company. The company specializes in the retrieval of critical data as well as digital evidence from hard drives, RAIDs, USB flash drives, memory cards, smartphones, and tablets. The company serves its clients within a state-of-the-art Class-100 clean room environment lab using proprietary solutions, leading forensics tools, and the most skillful specialists with decades of combined experience in the field. ReStoring Data constantly invests in research and development which allows it to consistently remain at the forefront of the industry. With locations across Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Mississauga, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax), dedicated case managers, unparalleled recovery success rates, and a passion for constant technological advancements, ReStoring Data is the most trusted choice for data recovery and digital forensics.About AerialX Drone Forensics Inc.:Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, AerialX Drone Forensics Inc. develops tools for detecting, tracking, and forensically examining unmanned aerial vehicles and their pilots. Whether it is at a crime scene or conflict-zone, AerialX's ruggedized drone forensic field-kit is a one-of-a-kind tool that assists officials with investigating drones, a rapidly changing instrument of crime and conflict. AerialX's industry exclusive portable drone forensic solution rapidly extracts actionable intelligence for law enforcement, government agencies, and defense forces worldwide.

"We are delighted to be working with such a select group of investors and we believe that their interest validates the immense potential of Aerial's novel approach to motion detection for the Wi-Fi home, said David Grant, CEO of Aerial Technologies. With their support, we are now well positioned to accelerate the commercialization of our motion interface with some of the most important telecommunication companies in the world." "Videotron sees a vast potential for Aerial's technology as it opens the door to a multitude of promising services and applications for both our residential and business customers," said Serge Legris, Vice President & Chief Technology Planning Office of Videotron. We are also looking to test different opportunities in our Open-air Laboratory for Smart Living. " "Aerial has a very strong team supported by TandemLaunch, a world-class incubator. Considering the traction they already have in the market, we believe they will be successful. Innovexport definitely made that investment with the objective to participate in future rounds to foster Aerial's growth," added Serge Lavergne, Vice-President Investment. Founded in 2015, Aerial is a software company that uses existing Wi-Fi signals, and cloud-based machine learning AI to detect presence and motion. As people, pets and in-organic objects move in the mess of Wi-Fi signals already in your home or office, they distort and disrupt these Wi-Fi signals in predictable ways. Aerial processes these distortions to add context and meaning to motion allowing the recognition of presence, motion, activity and identity. Aerial software can be embedded in virtually any Wi-Fi network equipment or device and does not require wearables or other sensors to work. Aerial's technology was conceived by Michel Allegue, CTO, based on IP that originated at McGill University, Rutgers University and Steven´s Institute of Technology. Early Smart Motion applications provided through our business partners will include Presence Awareness and Motion Detection, Home Intrusion Detection, Smart HVAC energy optimization, healthcare and elderly care monitory services, and intelligent motion awareness for a variety of smart home devices that improve the convenience and quality of life for consumers. Aerial's technology, already in pilot with several large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Multi Service Operators (MSOs), will be deployed into existing equipment offered through these service providers. Aerial is a Montreal-based Corporation with offices in the US and Europe.  Aerial's motion detection software uses existing Wi-Fi signal distortions and cloud-based machine learning AI to provide context and meaning to motion without the need for sensors or wearables. Follow us on Twitter, Linked-in and Facebook @AerialHome Based in Quebec City, Innovexport invests in start-up companies in the Province of Quebec having innovative products or services with strong export potential. Innovexport was created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs with the objective to help them grow their companies. Telefónica Open Future_ is Telefonica´s global platform designed to connect entrepreneurs, startups, investors and public and private partners around the world to capture innovation and business opportunities.  The programme incorporates all of Telefónica Group's open innovation, entrepreneurship and investment initiatives through 50 spaces and 9 different investment vehicles. To date, over 1,700 startups have been accelerated and 750, invested. Telefónica Open Future_ is present in 17 countries and has committed to investment, with its partners, a total of 455 million euros. Quebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, entertainment, news media and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor's subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services. Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) is headquartered in Québec. It holds an 81.53% interest in Quebecor Media, which employs more than 10,000 people in Canada. A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports more than 400 organizations working in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship. Videotron, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media, is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access, cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television service and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. Kibo Ventures, based in Madrid (Spain) is a VC Fund focused on early-stage investments in digital companies. Kibo Ventures manages $130 million from a mix of institutional and private investors, including IEF, Telefonica, the Spanish Government (through CDTI), Mutua Madrileña (Spain's largest insurance company) and Axis (ICO's 25 year-old private equity arm). TandemLaunch is a seed investor and incubator focused on creating early-stage technology start-ups in collaboration with global universities and world-class entrepreneurs.

Hamon E.,University of Strasbourg | Horvatovich P.,University of Groningen | Izquierdo E.,University of Strasbourg | Bringel F.,University of Strasbourg | And 3 more authors.
BMC Microbiology | Year: 2011

Background: Lactic acid bacteria are commonly marketed as probiotics based on their putative or proven health-promoting effects. These effects are known to be strain specific but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain poorly understood. Therefore, unravelling the determinants behind probiotic features is of particular interest since it would help select strains that stand the best chance of success in clinical trials. Bile tolerance is one of the most crucial properties as it determines the ability of bacteria to survive in the small intestine, and consequently their capacity to play their functional role as probiotics. In this context, the objective of this study was to investigate the natural protein diversity within the Lactobacillus plantarum species with relation to bile tolerance, using comparative proteomics. Results: Bile tolerance properties of nine L. plantarum strains were studied in vitro. Three of them presenting different bile tolerance levels were selected for comparative proteomic analysis: L. plantarum 299 V (resistant), L. plantarum LC 804 (intermediate) and L. plantarum LC 56 (sensitive). Qualitative and quantitative differences in proteomes were analyzed using two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE), tryptic digestion, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis and database search for protein identification. Among the proteins correlated with differences in the 2-DE patterns of the bacterial strains, 15 have previously been reported to be involved in bile tolerance processes. The effect of a bile exposure on these patterns was investigated, which led to the identification of six proteins that may be key in the bile salt response and adaptation in L. plantarum: two glutathione reductases involved in protection against oxidative injury caused by bile salts, a cyclopropane-fatty-acyl-phospholipid synthase implicated in maintenance of cell envelope integrity, a bile salt hydrolase, an ABC transporter and a F0F1-ATP synthase which participate in the active removal of bile-related stress factors. Conclusions: These results showed that comparative proteomic analysis can help understand the differential bacterial properties of lactobacilli. In the field of probiotic studies, characteristic proteomic profiles can be identified for individual properties that may serve as bacterial biomarkers for the preliminary selection of strains with the best probiotic potential. © 2011 Hamon et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Coton M.,ADRIA Normandie | Delbes-Paus C.,French National Institute for Agricultural Research | Irlinger F.,French National Institute for Agricultural Research | Desmasures N.,University of Caen Lower Normandy | And 4 more authors.
Food Microbiology | Year: 2012

The goal of this study was to identify at the species level a large collection of Gram-negative dairy bacteria isolated from milks or semi-hard and soft, smear-ripened cheeses (cheese core or surface samples) from different regions of France. The isolates were then assessed for two risk factors, antibiotic resistance and volatile and non-volatile biogenic amine production in vitro. In total, 173 Gram-negative isolates were identified by rrs and/or rpoB gene sequencing. A large biodiversity was observed with nearly half of all Gram-negative isolates belonging to the Enterobacteriaceae family. Overall, 26 different genera represented by 68 species including potential new species were identified among the studied Gram-negative isolates for both surface and milk or cheese core samples. The most frequently isolated genera corresponded to Pseudomonas, Proteus, Psychrobacter, Halomonas and Serratia and represented almost 54% of the dairy collection. After Pseudomonas, Chryseobacterium, Enterobacter and Stenotrophomonas were the most frequently isolated genera found in cheese core and milk samples while Proteus, Psychrobacter, Halomonas and Serratia were the most frequently isolated genera among surface samples. Antibiotic resistance profiles indicated that resistances to the aminosid, imipemen and quinolon were relatively low while more than half of all tested isolates were resistant to antibiotics belonging to the monobactam, cephem, fosfomycin, colistin, phenicol, sulfamid and some from the penam families. Thirty-six% of isolates were negative for in vitro biogenic amine production. Among biogenic amine-producers, cadaverine was the most frequently produced followed by isoamylamine, histamine and putrescine. Only low levels (<75 mg/l) of tyramine were detected in vitro. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Hamon E.,University of Strasbourg | Horvatovich P.,University of Groningen | Bisch M.,University of Strasbourg | Bringel F.,University of Strasbourg | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Proteome Research | Year: 2012

The identification of cell determinants involved in probiotic features is a challenge in current probiotic research. In this work, markers of bile tolerance in Lactobacillus casei were investigated using comparative proteomics. Six L. casei strains were classified on the basis of their ability to grow in the presence of bile salts in vitro. Constitutive differences between whole cell proteomes of the most tolerant strain (L. casei Rosell-215), the most sensitive one (L. casei ATCC 334), and a moderately tolerant strain (L. casei DN-114 001) were investigated. The ascertained subproteome was further studied for the six strains in both standard and bile stressing conditions. Focus was on proteins whose expression levels were correlated with observed levels of bile tolerance in vitro, particularly those previously reported to be involved in the bile tolerance process of lactobacilli. Analysis revealed that 12 proteins involved in membrane modification (NagA, NagB, and RmlC), cell protection and detoxification (ClpL and OpuA), as well as central metabolism (Eno, GndA, Pgm, Pta, Pyk, Rp1l, and ThRS) were likely to be key determinants of bile tolerance in L. casei and may serve as potential biomarkers for phenotyping or screening purposes. The approach used enabled the correlation of expression levels of particular proteins with a specific probiotic trait. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2011.3.2 | Award Amount: 1.13M | Year: 2011

The overall objective of FoodMicroSystems is to initiate the implementation of microsystems & smart miniaturised systems in the food sector by improving cooperation between suppliers and users of microsystems for food/beverage quality and safety. The project has five specific objectives:\n\n1.\tTo improve the coordination of national and EU programmes for the development of food applications\n2.\tTo facilitate cooperation of the value chain actors from research to industrialisation of smart systems in the food sector\n3.\tTo promote industrial take-up actions in the food sector\n4.\tTo develop roadmaps linking applications and technologies\n5.\tTo promote international cooperation\n\nThe project is structured into 5 main work- packages (WPs). WP1 (Current state of play) will identify partners for international cooperation as well as examples of existing MST applications in the food sector. WP2 (Research inventory) will provide an analysis of MST research programmes and activities in regards to food applications. WP3 (Food industry demands and constraints) will study the needs of the food industry, the economic and technical constraints, the perception of the consumers as well as the ethical and regulation context. WP4 (Roadmapping) will develop detailed research and application roadmaps for three food chains. WP5 (Communication and exploitation) aims at communicating the projects results through dissemination, presentations, information campaigns and training.\n\nThe consortium includes key research players in both the food and the microsystems sectors. FoodMicroSystems is an open project that will associate industry and other stakeholders in its activities.

Coton E.,ADRIA Normandie | Desmonts M.-H.,Aerial | Leroy S.,French National Institute for Agricultural Research | Coton M.,ADRIA Normandie | And 5 more authors.
International Journal of Food Microbiology | Year: 2010

In this study, the biodiversity of Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci (CNS) strains isolated in France from cheese related samples (227 isolates) and dry sausage related samples (204 isolates) was compared to the biodiversity of 297 clinical isolates. Species identification was performed using different molecular methods (specific PCR, "Staph array" hybridization and sodA gene sequencing). Infraspecific biodiversity of strains belonging to the main CNS species found in both food and clinical samples was then assessed by pulse-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). For food-related samples, the main species encountered corresponded to Staphylococcus equorum (28.5%), S. xylosus (28.3%), S. saprophyticus (12.5%) and S. succinus (7.7%); while, for clinical isolates, the main species encountered corresponded to S. epidermidis (69.4%), S. capitis (9.8%), S. hominis (4.5%), S. warneri (4.5%) and S. haemolyticus (3.8%). The two main species common to both food and clinical samples corresponded to S. epidermidis and S. saprophyticus. Concerning infraspecific biodiversity, PFGE profiles of S. equorum, S. saprophyticus and S. epidermidis showed a large genomic biodiversity. Comparatively, S. xylosus exhibited a lower biodiversity. No correlation could be observed between PFGE patterns and either the geographical origin or the sample type. This study highlighted that no food strains had similar PFGE profiles to clinical ones and that the two main food-related species, S. equorum and S. xylosus, were not found in clinical samples. The identification of CNS species and the characterisation of the genetic diversity of the strains constitute a first step towards CNS safety assessment. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: NMP-2008-2.5-2 | Award Amount: 4.31M | Year: 2009

The present project aims to establish a European Consortium bringing together leading experts in the fields of computational materials modelling, experimental materials research and industrial development of high-performance glass materials. The scientific and technological activities of the consortium shall be devoted to improving the efficiency, functionality and reliability of glass products for pharmaceutical and thin-layer optical and photovoltaic applications. The scope of the work will be to gain a detailed, atomic-scale knowledge of chemical and physical processes taking place at glassy interface systems. The Consortium will further develop a recently proposed atomistic modelling method which spans across multiple time and size simulation scales bridging the quantum-mechanical with the classical level of precision. The method will be applied to two scientific problems which require quantum precision and very large model system sizes. We will investigate (i) the adhesion between a glassy SiO2 phase and a protein-containing water solution, relevant to pharmaceutical applications and (ii) the cohesion between a glassy SiO2 phase and a TiO2-based coating layer, relevant to thin-layer optical or photovoltaic applications. The theoretical work will be carried out in close coordination with experimental activity. Novel materials will be designed and implemented into product prototypes within the R&D infrastructure of a leading European glass-producing company on the basis of the acquired knowledge. Our results will be disseminated through scientific papers, workshops and training activities especially designed for members of the industrial sector as well as for the scientific academic community.

Wilson A.E.,University of Strasbourg | Bergaentzle M.,University of Strasbourg | Bindler F.,University of Strasbourg | Marchioni E.,University of Strasbourg | And 2 more authors.
Food Control | Year: 2013

The antimicrobial activities of ten isothiocyanates (ITCs), namely sulforaphane, iberin, allyl-, benzyl-, methyl-, phenyl-, phenylethyl-, propyl-, 3-methylthiophenyl-, and 3-methylthiopropyl-ITC, were tested against a range of pathogenic and food spoilage bacteria. The activities of six ITCs were investigated for the first time. The growth of the bacteria was monitored by turbidimetry in a culture broth with increasing concentrations of ITCs. An antimicrobial efficacy index (I AE) was calculated based on the observed growth delay, reduction in maximum growth rate and reduction in population size. ITCs inhibited pathogenic and food spoilage bacteria including species from Bacillus, Escherichia, Klebsiella, Listeria, Salmonella, Serratia and Staphylococcus. Gram-negative bacteria were overall more sensitive to ITCs than their Gram-positive counterparts: the three most sensitive species with five ITCs, and two out of three most sensitive species with the other ITCs. Yet, the species of a bacterium seemed to play a more important role, since considerable variations in sensitivity were observed between species even within the same Gram type. All ITCs investigated displayed antimicrobial activity, but with levels that depended on the target bacteria and the molecule considered. The highest I AE values were obtained with Benzyl-ITC, followed by phenylethyl-ITC, but this was not necessarily the case with all aromatic ITCs. An aliphatic compound, 3-methylthiopropyl-ITC, was much more active than phenyl-ITC and 3-methylthiophenyl-ITC. Within a structural group, the activity of ITCs varied dramatically, and structural features, like the presence of a sulfinyl group, the molecule size, and the length of the hydrocarbon chain, seem to be of importance. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Kuntz F.,Aerial | Strasser A.,Aerial
Radiation Physics and Chemistry | Year: 2016

Dose measurement applied to food irradiation is obviously a very important and critical aspect of this process. It is described in many standards and guides. The application of appropriate dosimetry tools is explained. This helps to ensure traceability of this measurement and number of dosimeters available on the market are well studied even though theirs response should be characterized while used in routine processing conditions. When employed in low energy radiation fields, these dosimeters may exhibit specific response compared to the usual Cobalt 60 source irradiation. Traceable calibration or correction factor assessment of this energy dependency is mandatory. It is to mention that the absorbed dose is measured in the dosimeter itself and unfortunately not in/on the food product. However, existing dosimetry systems fulfill all relevant requirements. © 2016

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