Hyperlight Systems, in partnership with TransLink, is proud to be the recipient of the 2018 Innovation Award as part of CUTA’s Annual Leadership Awards Program.
Every year, the Canadian Urban Transportation Authority (CUTA) runs the CUTA Leadership Awards Program to recognize the achievements of Canadian transit systems, business members, employees and volunteers. This year’s winners were announced at the CUTA Annual Conference and Canadian Transit Show, which took place in Toronto on November 21, 2018.
In 2016, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority, TransLink, was faced with a challenge: providing customers, who were unable to tap their payment cards, an equitable and independent way to proceed through the newly installed faregates. In order to overcome this challenge, TransLink partnered with Hyperlight Systems, to design and implement the world’s first hands-free faregate solution. True innovation was at the heart of this process. TransLink and Hyperlight Systems collaborated to reimagine a known accessibility barrier by transforming faregates into a seamless mobility experience with wireless technology.
Hyperlight Systems, in partnership with TransLink, took home the Innovation Award alongside the York Region Transit, Metrolinx, and the Toronto Transit Commission. Winning this award strengthens Hyperlight Systems’ standing as an industry leader in transforming the way transit is offered across Canada.
“We are thrilled to have won the 2018 CUTA Innovation Award in partnership with TransLink,” says Ashish Sachdeva, CEO of Hyperlight Systems. “We enjoyed bringing our vision of smarter, hands-free public transit to life through our very successful public private partnership with TransLink”.
The Innovation Award is designed to highlight a company that is forging new ground in the way transit services are offered across Canada. Sitting within the Corporate Leadership award category, CUTA’s Innovation Award looks for companies with technological and process innovations that break from convention and create major improvements for transit products and services.
Hyperlight Systems team is thrilled to have won the 2018 Innovation Entrepreneurship Award – British Columbia from Startup Canada.
This award placed Hyperlight Systems among the top 10 entrepreneurs from BC to be recognized for outstanding achievement and contribution to the Canadian tech sector. With candidates competing on a number of levels, the annual awards program recognizes startups who are driving impact and demonstrating excellence in Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community.
Hyperlight Systems took home the Innovation Award in recognition of the team’s industry-leading Hands-Free Accessibility Platform, providing universal accessibility through IoT technology. To win the Innovation Award, a company must not only exhibit excellence in innovation but demonstrate the application of new knowledge or technology in solving real world problems. This may include new business practices, business models and strategies around organizational development or product and services creativity.
In 2016, Hyperlight Systems partnered with South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority, TransLink, to deploy the world’s first Hands-free Faregate Access system, providing seamless customer experience for transit users.
“We are very proud and thankful to be the recipient of the 2018 Startup Canada Innovation Entrepreneurship Award,” says Ashish Sachdeva, CEO of Hyperlight Systems. “We look forward to building on our success to further transform cities into barrier-free and inclusive environment for everyone.”
Hyperlight’s mission to provide access for everyone and everywhere aligns with the core of the award program’s mission, garnering the team a spot in the top 10.