CarteNav Solutions Inc. Awarded Atlantic Innovation Funding (AIF)

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CarteNav Solutions Inc. is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded $2.09 million in research and development funding by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) toward a $2.94 million project.

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CarteNav will invest in the R&D of imagery processing and analysis technologies designed to improve the HD image transfer capabilities of future C2 systems.

ACOA’s Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) is an initiative through which the Government of Canada is making strategic investments aimed at increasing Atlantic Canada’s innovation capacity.

This program is highly-competitive with all proposals subject to rigorous external review, as well as stiff competition from other proposed projects.

CarteNav Solutions Inc. intends to invest in the research and development of imagery analysis technology to create an improved geospatial operating picture for land, sea, and air-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. The project outcome will be software products that utilize the applied research undertaken.

Recent advances in high definition electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) still and full-motion imagery technologies create the potential for immense operational benefit provided this type of information can be made readily available to, and shared between, participating agencies via a broader network of Common Operating Pictures (COP).

“The key deficiency that ISR operators involved in surveillance operations face is the inability of existing surveillance systems to fully exploit the large volumes of high definition imagery intelligence now available to tactical commanders,” says Rick McDonald, CarteNav’s CTO.

“Imaging systems not only need to autonomously detect, recognize, and exploit objects of interest within High Definition Video, they also need to be able to process, classify, and disseminate the imagery in a way that allows immediate access to that information, wherever and whenever it might be needed. The advanced software products that can now be produced, as a result of the investment by ACOA, will certainly meet these requirements,” he says.

CarteNav’s challenge is to develop the technology that enables surveillance operators to rapidly transform raw imagery into meaningful information, without having to wait for image data to pass through often cumbersome secondary and even tertiary levels of post-mission analysis.

To provide best value the new products must be compatible within a collaborative multinational command and control environment, often involving legacy communications and data links, as well as potentially many hundreds of nodes or users.

This funding further strengthens Nova Scotia’s competitive position in what is one of the world’s fastest growing high technology production centres.

All research and associated development will be coordinated at CarteNav’s offices in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is anticipated that work on the project will commence in the Fall of 2012.

Total Project Cost—$2,941,189

AIF Contribution—$2,091,189

For a complete list of AIF-funded projects, visit the ACOA Website.

About CarteNav Solutions Inc.

CarteNav Solutions Inc. is an international leader in situational awareness solutions for the maritime, land, and air environments. Founded in 2002, CarteNav offers operationally proven data integration and display technologies that dramatically improve performance of both sensor operators and tactical decision makers. The company has established a reputation for creating robust software solutions within a timeframe and cost structure that delivers unparalleled responsiveness and value to its customers.

CarteNav's global client base includes agencies from the defence, security, and public safety sectors.

The company's success relies on the innovative skills of its people and its continued pursuit of products that reach out to encompass the furthest edges of technology and the operational art. An ISO-9001:2008 registered company, CarteNav’s technical expertise in sensor management, graphical user interfaces, map technology and systems integration is underscored by an unwavering commitment to customer service and quality.

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