Toronto, November 21, 2023
The Canadian Department of National Defence’s (DND) Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program invited innovators to propose and develop solutions that provide integrated energy, water and waste management systems for the CAF’s Relocatable Temporary Camps (RTCs), which are installed during national and international operations.
Circular City consortium was created with the aim of developing, manufacturing and operating infrastructure systems that can be rapidly deployed and installed. The concept integrates electricity, water and waste management solutions in a sustainable and innovative way, thereby increasing the safety and comfort of users, while significantly reducing the costs, fuel and energy consumption required for the installation and operation of the camps. It therefore creates a closed, balanced, and self-sustaining ecosystem, to which the manufacturer and developer of foldable, quick-installation containers, Continest, contributed with an innovative infrastructure solution.
The essence of the Continest innovation is its foldability, hence five folded containers can be transported instead of a normal rigid-frame office container on a flatbed, thus reducing the logistics costs and environmental burdens associated with the deployment of mobile infrastructure by 80%. Continest’s innovative infrastructure solutions can be used in several segments, such as the defense and military industry, disaster response, humanitarian missions, healthcare, event industry, housing, education, construction, mining, and the oil & gas sector. “During our developments that integrate novel premium technologies, we pay special attention to the needs of end users, and it is important for us to cooperate with the best of the respective industries, so the Circular City project is particularly important to us. The Continest base product is always the container platform. During the years we developed several complex solutions, and by doing this, today we are known as container-based technology integrators.” – Vidor Kis-Márton, CEO of Continest Technologies Plc, stated about the cooperation.
“Where a quick, cost- and energy-efficient solution was needed, Continest units have already proven themselves in more than 20 countries. We are present with our infrastructure solutions in Ukraine (modular kindergarten and ambulance station), in Bosnia and Herzegovina where we recently delivered a complex solution in Camp Butmir for the Dutch military and in recent weeks we have supplied our foldable units to Maui in the Hawaiian Islands, which was hit by wildfires. A new housing project in Kahului, the ‘Ohana Hope Village’, is being built from Continest units to accommodate nearly 1,000 displaced people. We are ready to respond to any temporary housing needs” – said Stefánia Szabó, director of Continest Canada.
About Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)
Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) is a defence innovation program which invests in research and technology aimed at meeting the demands of today’s complex global defence and security environment. Since launching in April 2018, IDEaS has been working with Canadian innovators to develop the S&T landscape, and is helping turn innovative thinking into tangible solutions for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF), as well as Canadians. Visit the IDEaS site to get updates on the latest challenges issued by the program.
Director, Continest Canada Inc.