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CaSA, une entreprise qui fait les choses différemment

Martin Fassier (à droite), en compagnie de ses associés Patrick Pépin, Catherine Chicoine et Mario Sergi

Crédit photo : Denis Germain – L’Information d’affaires d’ici

En créant leur entreprise en 2014, le chef de la direction et cofondateur de CaSA Martin Fassier et son acolyte Patrick Pépin ont allié l’Internet des objets et l’intelligence artificielle afin de proposer une nouvelle solution de contrôle des charges électriques. L’entreprise, qui fabrique tous ses produits à son usine de Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, «a changé la manière dont l’électricité est générée, distribuée et consommée».

CaSA is using artificial intelligence to service electrical grids

Photo : Mr. Martin Fassier of CaSA and Mr. Louis-Philippe Proulx of the Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY research centre in Varennes.

For four years, Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY research centre in Varennes has been using Quebec-based company CaSA’s products and services to develop, test and demonstrate clean energy solutions in real-world conditions. As part of this project, CaSA will now integrate a new artificial intelligence agent, currently under development by the CanmetENERGY team, into its control system infrastructure.

“By integrating an artificial intelligence agent into our systems, we will be able to collect and centralize the data needed to generate proven electricity demand management strategies. These strategies will then be passed on to electrical grid operators who will be able to precisely modulate the demand for electricity, according to its availability,” says Martin Fassier, founder and CEO of CaSA.

Recognized as a leader in revolutionizing the way electricity is distributed and consumed in North America, CaSA sees this new initiative as a logical continuation of the research initiatives undertaken since its founding in 2014. Through the years, the company has also collaborated with various universities, research laboratories and industry experts to find the “perfect” balance between user comfort and grid performance.

The Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY research centre in Varennes has more than 100 employees working on the design and deployment of clean energy solutions that will produce and use energy in the most effective and efficient manner. The purpose of the development of artificial intelligence is to validate and improve the accuracy of decisions based on various data collected on demand and power delivery. With this information, the research team intends to help direct actions that will have to be taken to modulate the use of electricity across the country in order to reduce greenhouse gases.

About CaSA

Founded in 2014, CaSA designs and manufactures its own residential energy control equipment at its Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil plant. Supported by many experts and collaborators in the energy management industry, the company is experiencing rapid growth in Canada and the United States.

StarTech Video: CaSA

This StarTech video features CaSA, a Québec company that aims to revolutionize the way electricity is generated, distributed and consumed in Nort Amercica and Europe. They design and produce residential energy control equipment to allow connected homes to become smart.

Watching this interesting interview on energy management and the vision at CaSA, with its founder and CEO, Martin Fassier.

Web Developer

Because web development is a job that’s never really done, we’re looking to expand the team. Do you like creating from scratch and taking part in all the steps that bring an idea from the whiteboard to the browser ? Are you one to work on the inside first, but won’t shy away from collaborative work and outside input ? At CaSA, everything still needs to be done and no two projects are alike. If you’re a builder, we’re interested !

Profile :

  • Degree/training in programming or relevant experience
  • Knowledge of SQL databases (PostgreSQL and MySQL)
  • Initiative, multitasking and time management skills
  • Literacy in one or more of these programming languages :
    • Python / Django
    • JavaScript
    • Java
    • Swift
    • ObjectiveC
    • C, C++, C#
    • Ruby
    • Ajax

 

Knowledge or experience in one or more of the following environments :

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Windows
  • Linux

 

Additional requirements :

  • Knowledge of public-key based cryptographic infrastructure (PKI) SSL/TLS and blockchain technology
  • Knowledge in embedded systems and/or IoT architectures
  • Knowledge in energy management systems
  • Love for airplanes ! (we are, after all, located on an airport)

 

Additional requirements :

CaSA works in both French and English, proficiency in both languages is mandatory.

 

Tasks :

  • Analyze and develop features for CaSA’s connected architecture and products
  • Organize and dispatch specific tasks according to their technical requirements
  • Evaluate and schedule the workload associated with the company’s development objectives
  • Respect and enforce established QC standards
  • Contribute to all relevant updates pertaining to technical or end-user documentation
  • Any other tasks that allows the Agile team to fulfil it’s objectives

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Hardware Developer

Our engineering & product development team is looking to grow at our Beloeil location on Montreal’s south shore. Tinkerer and thinker, we need someone who has imagination and can act on it as CaSA continues to break ground in communicating equipment and energy management. You need to be motivated by R & D, a fast pace environment and a rapidly growing company.

Profile :

  • Degree completed, under completion or equivalent experience & expertise in one of the following fields :
    • Electrical engineering
    • HVAC/automation engineering
    • Embedded systems
    • Computer sciences
  • Knowledge of related design and analysis tools :
    • Altium
    • MathLab
    • Keil
    • Diptrace
    • etc…
  • Autonomy and Initiative: multitasking and time management skills are a must.
  • Literacy in one or more of these programming languages :
    • Python / Django
    • C, C++, C#
  • Knowledge or experience in HVAC, systems automation, internet communication, energy management or electrical management are all bonus points, as well as knowledge of public-key based cryptographic infrastructure (PKI) SSL/TLS and blockchain technology.

Additional requirements :

CaSA works in both French and English, proficiency in both languages is mandatory.

Apply!

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Back-End Developer

Sometimes, you stumble upon something that’s just never been done before… Did you study in computer sciences or any kind of data analysis environment ? We’re looking for someone who’s going to break new ground while working with our scientific partners. Simulation, analytics, data manipulations, projections and models, you’ll get state of the art tools to do state of the art stuff. This posting is a bit special and because there’s regulations involved, only Canadian nationals will be considered. But don’t fret, we may end up needing more than one person on this project, so do send us your application nevertheless.

Profile :

  • Degree/training in computer sciences or relevant experience
  • Solid knowledge of simulation and analysis tools such as MatLab, Xcos, Simulink and the likes
  • Initiative, multitasking and time management skills
  • Literacy in one or more of these programming languages :
    • PostgreSQL, MySQL
    • Python / Django
    • C, C++, C#
  • Knowledge, studies or experience in one or more of the following topics :
    • Distributed Energy Ressources (DER)
    • Demand-Response Management Systems (DRSM)
    • Instant Load Managers (ILM)
    • Embedded systems
    • IoT architectures
    • Consumer electronics
    • Energy management systems
    • HVAC systems
    • Electric generation/transport/distribution

Additional requirements :

CaSA works in both French and English, proficiency in both languages is mandatory.

Tasks :

To be discussed with shortlisted candidates

Apply!

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Client Services Agent

You like engaging with people, being the provider of solutions and leaving those you interact in a better place than when you started talking to them ? If you’re solution-oriented and happy to jump from email, to phone, to Facebook, to  chat, to smoke signals, you’re ripe for the Client Services team  !

Profile :

  • Full proficiency in English and French, spoken and written
  • Outgoing and client-oriented
  • Patient and communicative

 

Tasks :

  • Support CaSA clients, through email, phone or online tools for any question that arises regarding sales, shipping, service, use or configuration of hardware and software sold by CaSA
  • Answer phone enquiries from vendors, collaborators and team members
  • Support the executive team with administrative work
  • Participate in daily operations in various roles
  • Be part of CaSA’s future !

 

Bonus points:

  • Experience in consumer electronics support (mobiles, computers, retail electronic, etc)
  • Knowledgeable in basic Internet connectivity (LAN, WiFi, mobile, etc)
  • Knowledge of networks and relationships between household/consumer equipments
  • General interest in IoT, green energy, smart home or technology in general
  • Love airplanes ! (we are, after all, located on an airport)

Apply!

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MNUBO to provide CaSA with on-demand analytics in new partnership

CaSA, a company reinventing the concept of responsible energy management has partnered with mnubo, the leading Internet of Things (IoT) Data Analytics company, to deliver real-time actionable insights to thousands of smart home customers and service providers.

Through this partnership, mnubo’s IoT analytics platform integrates with CaSA’s connected appliances and smart applications, providing actionable intelligence for optimized energy consumption. There is a tremendous amount of energy stored in residential appliances, which CaSA recognizes, can be used to offset peak demand on the electric grid. In fact, Natural Resources Canada has shown that the size of Province of Quebec’s winter peak demand for two hours, estimated at 39 GW/85 GWh, is the equivalent to the space and water heating in all of Canada. Putting this partnership in practice, residential customers can reduce their electricity bill, without compromising comfort and safety, while utility providers can better anticipate costly energy demand bursts during peak-period use. “mnubo’s IoT analytics is an out-of-the-box solution that can be deployed rapidly, enabling our team to focus on the most strategic aspects of CaSA’s solutions,” explains Martin Fassier, Product Director at CaSA. “Not only are we getting the peace of mind of a platform that can scale to millions of appliances, but it also gives us access to advanced data science and machine learning capabilities”. “We are extremely excited to be working with CaSA’s team in enabling efficient Energy Demand Response systems. CaSA’s Caleo thermostats and water heater controllers are unique products that generate an impressive amount of data. It’s a privilege to bring our expertise to such a key sector” stated Frederic Bastien, CEO of mnubo

 

About mnubo

mnubo is an IoT analytics company. The SmartObjects Platform extracts business value from data by delivering out-of-the-box analytics, strategic insights and advanced data science. It offers a SaaS solution to IoT product manufacturers to ingest, enrich and analyze their object data.

 

About CasA

CaSA, a specialist in connected appliances reinventing the concept of electrical energy management, achieved prominence a year ago with the launch of the Caleo thermostat, the world’s only device able to control electric heating baseboards through a Wi-Fi network.

CaSA and Giant join forces on connected water heater development

CaSA, a Montreal-based connected appliances company and Giant Factories Inc., Canada’s largest water heater manufacturer, are pleased to announce a partnership for the development and marketing of a brand-new system for monitoring and controlling electric water heaters.

CaSA, following its successful launch last year of the Caleo connected thermostat, regards this partnership as an opportunity to engage in R&D with a first-class partner that has been in business for more than 70 years. “The first generation of water heater controllers will be external and will be simple to install on Giant equipment already in use, without even calling on a plumber,” explains Martin Fassier, Product Director at CaSA. “But the longer-term goal is to integrate controllers fully into new Giant products to make them fully connected water heaters.”

For his part, Giant Vice-President Jean-Claude Lesage says: “A Canadian government study has shown that water heating can account for up to 25% of a household’s energy bill, so it makes sense for Giant, as an industry leader, to make all the necessary tools available to help its customers understand and control the use of their electric water heater.” He adds: “The savings will become all the more significant in markets where electricity is priced according to time of use, as in Ontario, for example.”

Accordingly, both partners are studying the potential integration of the smart-grid system, which would enable electricity distributors to respond to peak-period demand by remotely placing a temporary limit on the load required by a large number of water heaters. In another significant technological advance, the prototype currently being developed is equipped with a detector that would notify a user immediately by e-mail or text message of a water leak or imminent freezing of a water heater.

The CaSA water heater management interface, similar to the Caleo interface and just as durable, will be available on the Web or through a mobile application.

 

About the partners

CaSA, a specialist in connected appliances that is reinventing the concept of electrical energy management, achieved prominence a year ago with the launch of the Caleo thermostat, the world’s only device able to control electric heating baseboards through a Wi-Fi network with no additional equipment or cabling. The company invests heavily in R&D, and other products are currently under development, in particular for the remote management of pools, spas and electric vehicles, among other objects.

Giant Factories Inc., a third-generation family firm in business since 1945, is a Canadian leader in the development and manufacturing of residential and commercial water heaters. With a focus on innovation and respect for the environment, the company has a distribution network (wholesale and retail) covering all of Canada.

CaSA announces it’s collaboration with CanmetENERGY

CaSA announces it’s collaboration with CanmetENERGY for the development of Waï, it’s connected water-heater solution.

CaSA is very proud to announce it’s partnership with the Varennes development team of CanmetENERGY, a Natural Resources Canada entity. This collaboration will leverage the science and knowledge of Canmet with CaSA’s connected equipment expertise and know how, in order to bring to market a revolutionary water-heater monitoring, analysis and control tool. Waï – literally “water” in Maori – will be the next huge step in residential and commercial energy management and aggregation.

Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY is the Canadian leader in clean energy research and technology development. With over 450 scientists, engineers and technicians and more than 100 years of experience, they are Canada’s knowledge centre for scientific expertise on clean energy technologies. CanmetENERGY supports Natural Resources Canada’s priorities to promote the sustainable and economic development of our natural resources, while improving the quality of life of Canadians.

CaSA’s mission is to provide it’s users with control and analysis of their electricity use by using quality equipment manufactured in Canada. Far beyond the simple gadget, CaSA offers simple, reliable and secure solutions to the residential and commercial markets.

For more information on CanmetENERGY :
http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/offices-labs/canmet/5715