River City Technology Services has created software that aims to limit rural crime.
The BeeSecure system notifies the owner when the object is in motion, feeling vibration as slight as a car door or drawer shelf opening.
Founder and CEO Jeff Shirley says the system will send the owner a text when it’s in motion.
“When you expect the events, it’s a little bit boring, but one day when you’re driving down the road and you get a text message saying your truck is moving, and you go ‘no it’s not’,” Shirley said. “You check, and sure enough you leave your asset tracker in your wife’s vehicle, and she’s on her way to the city, and you go ‘it does work.’ It’s nice when you’re not expecting it, it’s a real happy feeling.”
Farmer Jim Etter tested the system, and says it’s easy to use.
“With the costs of everything these days, if you can get some security like that for $200 per unit or quite a bit less, it makes sense, it really does.”
Minister responsible for innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor says the goal is to expand the tech sector into other major sectors.
“Agriculture is one area where we have a pretty strong and growing industry and how we layer our tech over that or within that, is obviously something that’s very important to us.”
The system was developed as part of the Innovation Saskatchewan Rural Crime challenge, with this idea being the winner.