‘A Start-up with style’ BBC profiles Canaria CEO Alex Moss

‘Meet the model changing the future of space medicine’

Canaria has been getting global recognition for our flagship product’s iconic design. The BBC has profiled Canaria CEO & Head Designer Alex Moss, tracking the artistic and scientific influences that inspired the company.

Placed next to an article profiling seminal fashion legend Yves Saint Laurent, the article has been seen by 1.2 million readers on BBC Culture’s facebook page, and 40k on BBC Culture’s twitter.


Read the full article here.

Advance Queensland Interview with Canaria

Following a successful pitch to an audience of directors of the Queensland Government, Advance Queensland asked to sit down with us to find out more about how we got started, and what the future holds for Canaria.

Advance Queensland is the Queensland Government’s Science and Technology wing dedicated to supporting emerging technologies and the companies who make them.

Read the full article here.

Courier Mail Champions Canaria

Courier Mail article

More publicity for the Unearthed Accelerator Programme and us in Brisbane’s daily The Courier Mail!

Read the full article here: http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/canarias-personal-safety-device-aims-to-prevent-workrelated-accidents/news-story/c365ac5c11c956e9bde6c56674abdb4e

The support of Unearthed, River City Labs and the whole Advance Queensland community is tremendous, helping us with the specialisation of our technology for averting catastrophic fatigue-related incidents. Here’s the story in our Product Development Director, Dr Rob Finean’s own words:

Canaria Featured in Australian Mining

Canaria’s hit the ground running in the Unearthed Accelerator Programme in Brisbane with a mention in Australian Mining, one of the mining industry’s biggest publications!

Read the full article here: https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/unearthed-accelerator-program-kicks-off/

We’re very excited to be working with Unearthed to continue the specialisation of our technology for use in the mining industry to prevent catastrophic fatigue-related accidents.

Canaria Joins the Unearthed Solutions Accelerator Programme

We’re pleased to announce Canaria’s acceptance onto the illustrious Unearthed Solutions Accelerator Programme in Brisbane, Australia.

Unearthed is the world’s best accelerator programme for the mining industry. The 6 month programme offers unique access to the Australian mining industry and has been running for 4 years. Supported by both the mining industry and the Australian government, the accelerator boasts directors including Paul Lucey (CEO or Mine Vision Systems, the fastest growing mining tech company in the world) and mentors with senior positions in BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Gold Fields, Fortescue Metals Group and Santos.

All of the mining industry graduates have completed the programme with contracts from major mining companies. Unearthed will allow Canaria unprecedented access into the mining industry, with a route to market within 2017.

Canaria & The Mining Sector

We are developing the first iterations of Canaria’s technology for use in the mining industry to solve three of the biggest causes of accidents: hostile gases, tunnel collapses, and fatigue-related machinery accidents. The problems in the mining industry are a mirror of the problems faced by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, which is what Canaria was originally designed for.

So how do we solve these problems?

Hostile Gas:
Canaria’s Mission Patch can detect almost any surrounding hostile gases, as well as provide the earpiece with wireless power. For the mining industry, this means accurate detection of nearby Methane, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide and Hydrogen Sulfide.

Tunnel Collapses:
Currently the mining industry uses radio communication to report serious tunnel collapses. This means that if someone is knocked unconscious, they cannot communicate that they are in danger. As a result of this, emergency response units are usually dispatched over a day after the accident has occurred. By switching this accident report system to Canaria’s method of a live feed of bio-metrics, we can alert safety managers when our wearer has suffered an accident immediately without relying on them to communicate their status via a walkie talkie or phone.

Fatigue-related Machinery Accidents:
Miners work in extreme conditions which require high levels of vigilance to prevent accidents when using heavy machinery. Unfortunately, falling asleep whilst operating is a common event. Canaria is able not just to report when this is happening, but to give a warning before a worker reaches a critical point of exhaustion. Canaria’s AI Bio-Predictor system utilises the bio-metric data gathered by the earpiece to train machine learning algorithms that predict medical events. In the case of mining, this means establishing the metrics for a wearer reaching a critical level of fatigue. Using a simple traffic light system, Canaria puts out an alert to both supervisor and wearer when an accident is highly likely to occur, thereby allowing the wearer stop working before they cause a devastating accident.


Team Canaria is grabbing our sunscreen and heading out to Unearthed this July – Dec. Our development team will still be based at our Innovation Centre in Guildford, meaning that we’ll be working as a 24hr/day company during this period.

If you would like to find out more about Canaria, grab a beer with us in Brisbane, or are interested in investing, please email our CEO Alex: alex@canaria.co.uk

Find more information about Unearthed Solutions here.

Canaria: A Moment of Wonder

On Saturday the University of Surrey held its Festival of Wonder to celebrate the University’s 50th Anniversary.

Over 50 years the University has grown substantially from its roots as Battersea Polytechnic and activities started by University staff and students have impacted the world in meaningful ways. For its anniversary Surrey identified 50 iconic “moments of wonder” from its history. These selected “moments” include Sir Martin Sweeting, who led a revolution in satellite design; Sir Alec Issigonis, who created Britain’s most iconic car—the Mini; Professor Johnjoe McFadden, who helped revolutionise testing for Meningitis; and Canaria.

To be listed alongside such iconic names is a privilege and an indication of the potential that Canaria has to change lives for the better.

Canaria were invited to take part in the Festival and had the opportunity to showcase our technology to the over 9000 festival attendees through our stand in the Enterprise Zone. Throughout the day we had the opportunity to hear your excitement about Canaria and its potential. It was fantastic to hear so many anecdotes of ways that you thought Canaria could change your lives and to hear so many positive reviews of the comfort of our solution when you tried it on for yourself.

We were pretty excited to meet you on Saturday

We want to make sure that Canaria makes the biggest difference it can when we finally release it into the world and that means that there’s still a bit of a way to go until we reach market. (Sorry to everyone on Saturday who wanted to buy one on the spot!) However we’re definitely keen to keep you updated on our journey, so follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or signup to our Newsletter below to become part of Team Canaria and join us on our mission to make everyone healthier 🙂



Canaria Seed Funding Round 2017 Open

We are pleased to announce the official beginning of Canaria’s Seed Funding Round this month.

The Funding round will last from May-July and raise £470k ($609k) for 3 key hires and to complete our full-sized prototype.


So what does the immediate future hold for Canaria?

We are completing the development for our vital signs monitoring system. It has 3 core elements:

-the earpiece which can now measure respiratory rate, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, temperature, and head position

-the mission patch which detects ambient hazardous gases and supplies wireless power to the earpiece

-our AI bio-predictor system which utilizes data points gathered from the earpiece to ascertain trends in the wearer’s vigilance levels



We are going to market in the mining industry in 2018, which is the most direct application of our use case in space.

Every year mining companies lose hundreds of millions of dollars from closures caused by vigilance-related accidents. On top of this, reports of deaths cause large mining companies share value to plummet. This means that large mining companies suffer the most when accidents occur. With the Canaria, these accidents become completely preventable thanks to our unique traffic light system which works upon live feeds of individual bio markers of the miner. Not only can we alert health and safety managers when an accident such as a tunnel cave in or gas leak occurs, we can predict when a worker is about to reach a critical level of vigilance when fatigue related accidents are most likely to happen.




If you are interested in investing, or would like to find out more about what we’re doing here at Canaria, please drop our CEO Alex a line to request our investor deck: