Canada’s Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness (OCIPEP) has purchased 8,800 square kilometers of one-meter IKONOS satellite imagery to be used for routine disaster risk assessment and emergency preparedness along the Canada-United States border. The contract, which was negotiated by Space Imaging reseller PhotoSat Information Ltd., (Vancouver, B.C.) will provide imagery and data for eight border areas and towns including the Yukon-Alaska border, the Quebec-Vermont border, Sault Ste. Marie, Sarnia, Windsor and Niagara Falls. The mapping initiative is part of an overall border security effort spearheaded by the Canada/United States Critical Infrastructure Protection Steering Committee, formed after the signing of the 2001 Smart Border Agreement by Canada and the United States. OCIPEP is a member of the committee’s mapping subgroup. The value of the contract was not disclosed.
PhotoSat is a team of geophysicists and associated geoscientists specializing in the computer processing of satellite image data for the identification, evaluation, monitoring and regulation of natural resources and the mapping of related infrastructure. Their goal is to provide satellite imagery and derived information sets that enable decision makers in the resource industries to make better decisions in less time. Their principal clients are mining, oil and gas, forestry and environmental companies and government agencies.
PhotoSat distributes Landsat 7 images and imagery products under sublicense from Natural Resources Canada, the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS). Landsat 7 data acquired by CCRS covers all of Canada, Eastern Alaska and most of the continental U.S.A. PhotoSat recently changed its name from Resource GIS and Imaging to reflect the company’s increased focus on providing satellite imagery and derived data products. PhotoSat was Space Imaging’s largest-volume North American distributor in Q1 2003.