On-demand mapping centre at Natural Resources Canada

On-demand mapping centre at Natural Resources Canada


Ottawa, Canada, 17 October 2006 – PCI Geomatics and eSpatial have announced the official unveiling of their technology in use as part of the Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) National Mapping Centre. This advanced system continuously gathers and processes pan-Canadian geospatial satellite and other data to generate and disseminate maps on demand.

The Mapping Centre addresses the challenges of updating national map coverages, quickly disseminating critical information and meeting the demands of dozens of applications by reducing redundancy.

“The Mapping Centre automates many important map-creation tasks, thereby improving interoperability, data management and cost of ownership,” said Dr. Robert Moses, President and CEO of PCI Geomatics. “Together, integrated systems from PCI Geomatics, Oracle and eSpatial make it possible to deliver critical map information quickly, efficiently, and securely.”

The National Mapping Centre was developed in collaboration with NRCAN, and made possible through investment from Industry Canada and PCI Geomatics. The system automatically ingests and corrects the best available sources of satellite imagery over Canada at optimum levels of accuracy, stores them in an Oracle 10g database, and outputs digital maps and satellite image maps.

eSpatial’s iSMART web platform is leveraged by the system by providing a management and delivery platform for the processed map data. Through a strategic partnership agreement, PCI Geomatics and eSpatial will build and deliver similar integrated image management solutions to businesses and governments worldwide.

“eSpatial is excited to be involved in a project that delivers the latest satellite images and other mapping data over the Internet using web services or from a standard web browser,” said David Miller, COO of eSpatial. “The Mapping Centre project illustrates the way national – even global – systems can be developed to automatically deliver highly specific, secure and up-to-date information on demand.”

– About Innovation Acceleration Centre
The commercialization of knowledge and technology is the focus of the Innovation Acceleration Centre (IAC), an initiative by the Earth Sciences Sector (ESS) of Natural Resources Canada to develop a new business model between industry and government research.

The objective of the IAC is to provide a framework for co-operation in research and development between the Canadian geomatics / geoscience industry and the Canadian federal government. The IAC does not provide basic training, nor collaborates on the development of capacities that are already commercially available in Canada. Rather its purpose is to accelerate the development of innovative geoscience and geomatic products and services or enhance existing technologies.

– About PCI Geomatics
PCI Geomatics is a developer of geospatial software, specializing in remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, spatial analysis, cartographic production, and, more recently, automated production systems. For more information, visit www.pcigeomatics.com.

– About eSpatial
eSpatial, founded in Dublin, Ireland and with offices in the USA, deals in enterprise strength spatial information management technology. For more information, visit www.espatial.com.