For Stream Technologies, setting up shop at the Advanced Technology Centre is a lot like coming home.
Two of Stream Technologies’ co-founders, Don and John Murphy have a long history at the centre – they also co-founded Shana Corporation, which joined the ATC in 1988, shortly after the centre opened. From its small beginnings, that company grew to more than 100 employees before the Murphy brothers and their co-founders sold the business in 2003.
Now the Murphys are back at ATC with their new venture. And while a lot has changed, many things have stayed the same. “Many of the same benefits are still here, which is great,” says Don Murphy, Stream’s COO. “There’s a lot of bright minds in this building that we can interact with, share ideas and share solutions that we’ve come up with for different problems. That has been very consistent and very helpful.”
Stream is, at its core, a software service. Using a combination of machine learning and spectroscopy, Stream users can upload spectroscopic images, determine what they’re looking for, and then the software’s artificial intelligence creates a program to identify what the user selects. Because spectroscopic data spans a much larger portion of the spectrum than is visible to the human eye, the software can identify differences that may be invisible to us. The potential practical applications are huge, spanning everything from identifying the nitrogen content of soil to differentiating between precancerous and benign moles.