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phone: 416.953.1925
or: 905.668.2495

Senior Partner:
Rand Dixon, M.A.Sc., B.Sc.Eng., P.Eng.

Books by R. Dixon


About the Company:

Crystal Horizons has a long and unusual past. The company was founded in 1993. Back then it was strictly a commercial development shop. Our first product, Neural Net Tutor for Windows was highly successful. It marked a dramatic shift in the availability of advanced computer technologies.

Suddenly, artificial neural networks, which typically cost thousands of dollars to purchase, and a PhD to understand, were available for just a few hundred dollars and presented in a manner comprehensible by practically anyone who could operate a spreadsheet program. Neural Net Tutor was followed up with the TrendMiner, an industrial strength data classifier.

Data classification is the basis of marketing campaign management. By being able to assign potential customers to different categories based upon their interests and spending patterns, for instance, offers can be more appropriately sculpted.

This increases the probability of success and allows companies to focus on those customers most likely to buy. And although this is a popular use for data classifiers, this is by no means the only one. Any situation in which data needs to be quickly and automatically sorted into classes, not even understood beforehand, can benefit from a neural net-based (a.k.a. "artificial-intelligence-based") data classifier.

In 2006, Crystal Horizons moved its commercial software development operation to a new company called DarkStar Data Systems, leaving the company to focus on custom solution development based upon the company's sophisticated development methodology. This unique methodology places an interative development and testing approach within a guiding architecture framework and blends current industry best practices with lessons learned in both the public and private sectors.

Crystal Horizons leverages their skill in developing commercial software to architect, design and develop cutting-edge custom solutions. Our clients come from both the public and private sectors and include Rogers Communications and the Ontario Government. Our areas of expertise include n-tiered e-commerce and decision-support solutions.