Thinking of building hardware?

Thinking of building hardware?

You’re a startup, or maybe even a small growth-stage company and you have a great idea for a new product. Maybe you have even built a prototype using off-the-shelf pieces like development kits, Raspberry Pi or Arduino. Your prototype was critical to prove your idea works and to get funding for the next stage. However, it likely won’t suffice as a product itself. For starters, you will need to get ...[Read More]

Why larger companies should outsource product development

Why larger companies should outsource product development

You are a Product Manager at a mid- or large-sized company. Every day consists of balancing increased demands for product capabilities, insufficient resources and impossible deadlines. How do you manage to deliver under these constraints? One solution is to outsource some of your product development to a third party. There are several cases where this might make sense. Outsourcing some product dev ...[Read More]

Swift Labs and Nemko announce strategic partnership

Swift Labs and Nemko announce strategic partnership

Thursday, April 26, 2018 Nemko Canada Inc., a division of Nemko  AS, headquartered in Oslo, Norway,  is expanding its extensive market access service in North America  by opening a new test laboratory in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Photos by Sara Jalali, Communitech Since 2015, Nemko has partnered with Kitchener/Waterloo based Swift Labs to offer TIC services to their Global clientele. Our newest ...[Read More]

How To Get Your Wireless Product To Market

How To Get Your Wireless Product To Market

So you created a innovative new wireless product and now you want to sell it. There are many different types of certifications that are needed before you can start. This article from Canadian Business provides a good overview of the work required to launch a wireless product. Many companies underestimate the time and effort required, especially if they have never been through the process before. C ...[Read More]

CES shows IOT companies face a common challenge.

CES shows IOT companies face a common challenge.

This year at CES 2018, we saw an impressive group of start-ups and growth stage companies in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. There was a wide variety of innovative hardware designs, addressing many different user needs. However, there was one thing in common to many of them: the need to move from clever prototype or proof of concept to a robust design that can be produced in volume with high q ...[Read More]

New Product Introduction; it’s more work than you think.

New Product Introduction; it’s more work than you think.

Many of our clients spend a lot of time and effort creating the ideal, world-beating product. However, designing a product is only part of the work. Figuring out how to produce it can take just as much effort, and companies should factor this into their product development planning. Choosing the right contract manufacturer is key to your success. Almost everyone will use a contract manufacturer an ...[Read More]

Why product managers are getting help navigating the regulatory compliance maze.

Why product managers are getting help navigating the regulatory compliance maze.

Obtaining government regulatory approvals and industry-specific certifications for your product is mandatory. And unless you do it regularly, it can be unpleasant and time-consuming. Depending on the nature of your product, and where you want to sell it, the requirements can vary tremendously. Unless you are an expert in managing regulatory approvals and compliance testing, it can take weeks just ...[Read More]

Get the right expertise when you need it.

Get the right expertise when you need it.

Minimize technical and schedule risk when launching hardware products. Developing a hardware product is difficult. There are many specific skills that are required in a hardware development environment. The need for electrical and mechanical design is obvious, but there are also other elements like firmware, power management, and increasingly wireless. Wireless presents its own set of unique chall ...[Read More]

Communitech: “BlackBerry and Beyond: Husband and wife team swift to launch two start-ups”

Anthony Middleton and Lara Swift have gone from management roles at BlackBerry to life as startup entrepreneurs. Middleton launched Swift Mobile Solutions and the couple co-founded Swift Labs Inc. (Communitech photo: Mirko Petricevic) As an executive at BlackBerry during the tech-giant’s restructuring, Anthony Middleton was involved with the planning that impacted many of his colleagues. Not surpr ...[Read More]