Clearcable and Lambton College are in a Picture-Perfect Partnership

August 3, 2017

Press Release


HAMILTON, August 2, 2017 — Clearcable is partnering with Lambton College located in Sarnia (Ontario) for a one-year research project that will utilize artificial intelligence to  establish high- quality live television online streaming.

The collaboration will establish a measurement process and method for assessing the quality of live streamed video.  It will set parameters and guidelines for ensuring optimized high-quality streaming video and will reduce these data points to a software-based tool to automate measurement and reporting.

“The key to fulfilling the market demand will be verifiable quality of experience,” said Rob McCann, president and founder of Clearcable, a successful Hamilton-based telecommunications company founded on the principles of integrity, reliability, and innovation.  “We understand the challenge, and are pleased to be working with Lambton College, as the college has expertise for video measurement, data mining, processing, and artificial intelligence.”

Lambton College’s Applied Research and Innovation program has built a reputation around working collaboratively with small and medium-sized companies.  From 2016 to 2017 Lambton College worked with 153 partners for a total 111 projects. It is also the top college for number of projects funded by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).  Lambton College is #1 in Ontario and #3 in Canada in research funding according to Research Infosource Ranking in 2016.

“We are very excited about this project, especially the artificial intelligence area,” said Dr. Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, the Executive Dean of Applied Research and Innovation at Lambton College. “The area of artificial intelligence (A.I.) is very important to us, and many industries are approaching Lambton College for their projects using A.I. algorithms and methodologies.   Projects similar to the one with Clearcable helps us to build a new area of research, attract new faculty and more companies.  It’s an important step in our growth.”

The applied research project has been designed and developed in such a way that a close collaboration between the two research teams – Clearcable and Lambton College – on all aspects of the project is emphasized and “highly encouraged”.

Dr. Sheikhzadeh and McCann  developed this applied research collaboration on their way back from Taipei, Taiwan, where both men attended the 2017 “Internet of Cities Forum” in February.  Both McCann and Dr. Sheikhzadeh are board members of the Intelligent Community Forum Canada.

Clearcable was founded in 2004 in Hamilton, Ontario, on the principles of integrity, reliability and innovation.  The company is a specialized telecommunication technical consulting firm focused on the needs of broadband service providers and rural municipalities. Clearcable has invested heavily in helping clients adopt new technology quickly through research and development, building technical acumen, and employing an in-house team.  Clearcable companies operate network facilities in Hamilton and Toronto, and manage broadband facilities, networks, and services nationwide for more than 60 Canadian services, and 16 international service providers.

Lambton College’s Applied Research & Innovation department is committed to supporting small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) and community organization with their development, assessment and Applied Research and Development (ARD) project needs.  According to Research Infosource Inc., which releases an annual list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges, Lambton College currently ranks first in Ontario and third in Canada for Applied Research Activity.  The rankings also revealed that Lambton College ranked first in Canada for the number of paid research students (students involved in applied research projects that were paid for their work) at a medium-sized college.  All projects are led by College researchers with student involvement in close collaboration with industry partners.  For more information on Research & Innovation at Lambton College, go to

Clearcable contact: Dave Rashford, 905 906-3925

Lambton College contact: Jamie Kloet, 519 542-7751, ext.3337