About Us

Blackline is a technology design and build firm operating in both the commercial and government secure systems market. All of Blackline’s turn-key solutions are manufactured on-site – from initial concept and specification to design and production. Our hardware systems run the gamut from hand-held devices to large-scale robot control systems, and run on everything from cell-phones to back-end servers. These systems are built around a core of solid communications expertise, and our in-house expertise in digital signal processing.


Blackline has an extensive portfolio of successful hardware designs and products employing:

  • Design for low EMF, thermal emissions, low magnetic signature and low detectability
  • High-density, high layer-count, space-constrained mixed-signal design (15+layers, blind/buried vias, flexible, stacked)
  • High-speed, multi-processor (RISC, DSP, etc.) motherboard design
  • High-speed design & layout: clock synthesis, PCIe, SATA, Gigabit Ethernet, etc.
  • Communication interfaces: Ethernet, T1, E1, POTS, DOCSIS, xDSL, etc.
  • High-quality, low-noise power, audio, video and RF design (0 to 7 GHz).
  • Battery-operated devices (Pb acid, Lion, LiFo, LiP)

We maintain a dedicated group of systems software developers skilled in a wide variety of operating systems and software development tools. This group undertakes software-only projects as well as bonded system/embedded projects, like robotic controls and consoles, secure web-based network/system delivery, and management tools. Blackline also maintains an inventory of tested DSP infrastructure and algorithms available for projects, including audio codecs, video codecs, filters, modems, and signal activity detectors.

Products

project 1

Lithium

Locator

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project 2

Magnesium

Message Gateway

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project 3

Potassium

Knock

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project 4

Gallium

Gateway Admin

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project 5

Strontium

Small Robot

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project 6

Palladium

Power Line Carrier

Palladium study and design considerations to explore performance and usability of existing power line carrier standards with focus on susceptibility to noise, in residence coverage, interference with existing technology and the ability to reach beyond the panel/meter base.

Field deployable systems:

  • Assessment of numerous COTS options for power line carrier standards and systems
  • Focus on residential egress

Study Space:

  • Study included installation and characterization of systems in several houses in an abandoned neighborhood, as well as in motel and hotel contexts
  • Assessment of throughput, interference, detectability of technology
project 7

Cadmium

Cross Domain

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project 8

Iodine

FAE/Win7 PC Hybrid

Enhanced security networked PC platform for hosting law enforcement Information Identification and Collection analytics. A part of the Blackline System Corporation’s secure data backhaul architecture, the Iodine system allows for centralized GUI-based network configuration and key management functions, while putting necessary ident technology out in detachments and other remote offices to both assist local crime fighting efforts and to serve as a distributed network of IICS collection nodes

  • Windows Software
  • vxWorks Software
project 9

Caesium

Alternative Storage

Cesium is a set of alternative storage mechanisms designed for use with laptops Mechanisms explored included:

  • Alternative USB Storage (Cs-USB)
  • Bad Sector Masquerading (Cs-BSM)
  • Partition Modification (Cs-PM)
  • Purpose Built Steganographics (Cs-SG)
  • Freespace Hiding (Cs-FH)

Exploration included assessment of detectability for method falling into categories for casual examination, detailed examination, and hard defeat attempts.

Designs

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project 10

Platinum

Photo Scan

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project 11

Polonium

Pole Mount

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project 12

Einsteinium

Emissions Scanner - RF Product Design Group

Einsteinium is an IP-enabled full spectrum characterization and signals scanning system that provides a quiet and ongoing RF monitoring service. Installed in a boardroom, office, or access-way, system automatically sweeps its sensors across the radio spectrum looking for anomalies that signal unwanted surveillance activity.

Compares scanned RF energy against normal background levels, with unknown signals raising alerts to networked threat monitoring system.

Design

  • Scans across 30 MHz to 6 GHz frequency range
  • Wideband scan of 600 x 9.95 MHz channels in 600 millisec
  • Narrowband scan of 600 x 23.3 kHz channels in 600 millisec
  • Central scanner plus expandability for peripheral scanners for triangulation (still in design)
  • Ethernet access for central notification of signal detection alerts
  • Java applet for either stand-alone console or web-based solution has full spectrum display, zoom, calendaring, waterfall
  • Access provision for back-end database lookup of known spectrum signature of bugs
project 13

Dubnium

Data Backhaul

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project 10

Rutherfordium

RF Initiator

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Careers at Blackline

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Here at Blackline, we strive to provide a welcoming, innovative, and rewarding workplace. With driven, knowledgeable leadership and a collaborative approach to projects, there are plenty of opportunities for personal and professional development. We also offer competitive salaries and benefits packages, as well as flexible hours and time-off policies.

Our primary focus is the design and build of hardware and software for elegant (and sometimes quirky) systems that are uniquely tailored to our customer’s needs. Most of our systems involve some sort of communications component like mobile, Wi-Fi, or more traditional high-speed networks. They also involve software from the board level all the way up to WAMP-based GUIs and dedicated multiplatform mobile or desktop apps. It's exciting work, but it can be very demanding.

We are always looking for people who are confident in their abilities, and with good team-working skills. As some of our work involves supplying tools to keep Canada safe, we require all of our candidates to be able to successfully obtain security clearance – this in mandatory.

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