City as a Living Lab

Halifax is a mid-size city with a connected and collaborative innovation ecosystem, making it an ideal testing ground for local and global startups and scaleups to test, pilot, and evolve new technology and products in partnership with private, public, and post-secondary partners.

Through the Halifax Innovation Outpost’s City as a Living Lab initiative, Halifax-based startups are partnering with Halifax Partnership Investors and other established companies and organizations to be early testers and adopters of their products.



When COVID-19 hit, Rimot, which traditionally uses its remote monitoring technology to keep critical infrastructure working for business and government, saw an opportunity to use its platform to make workplaces safer by screening people for the virus using a touchless thermal camera and automated questionnaires. They swiftly developed a prototype and are now deploying their RimotHEALTH Workplace Virus Threat Screening turnkey cloud-based solution across North America and Europe.

To support the company in evolving and scaling its technology, Halifax Partnership and Volta are piloting a new release of the RimotHEALTH unit within their workplaces.

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Designed for businesses and organizations of every kind, Tranquility offers pathways to better mental health by delivering gold-standard Cognitive Behavioral Therapy digitally to a user’s phone or computer. Using Tranquility, people and organizations can better manage their stress and mood through an interactive and comprehensive program, self-directed or with the support of a coach over video, phone, or in-app messaging.

This pilot aims to support the growth of Tranquility's user base and provide valuable feedback to advance its product while giving employees of participating companies much-needed mental health support.

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Harbr is FinTech for construction and development projects that facilitates prompt payments for the construction industry in a mutually beneficial way, matching work to invoices, automating the accounts receivables process, and streamlining approvals.

Harbr is focused on building its user base and the Halifax Innovation Outpost is helping the company connect with private sector users and potential customers.

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