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Funded Projects

Contribution Projects Funded by GeoConnections

GeoConnections is an ongoing program with the mandate and responsibility to lead the evolution the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) with standards-based technologies and operational policies for data sharing and integration to address key economic, social and environmental priorities. Through regular Calls for Proposals, GeoConnections is co-funding the development of innovative adoption and further development of the CGDI by eligible recipients.

2018-2019 Contributions


Agreement Title: Utilizing Optical Earth observation Data to Support Maritime Domain Awareness in Canada through Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure Based Web Framework

Recipient Legal Name: 4DM Inc.

City: Toronto

Recipient Province or Territory: Ontario

Agreement Value in CAD: $65,316

Project Objective and Expected Results:

The main objective of the Project is to apply satellite imagery in near real-time to support maritime surveillance for vessel monitoring in Canadian waters and disseminate the geospatial data using Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) web services.

The Recipient will develop a web framework for Object Motion Mapping (OMM) based on Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure adopted standard technologies and operational policies to support interoperable dissemination of geospatial data developed in the project through the web/internet. OMM is a precommercialized, patent pending desktop software that has the capabilities of providing ship information with respect to detection, characterization, motion, position, and tracking depending on the data source used.

The key output of the Project will be:

  • A web framework for OMM based on CGDI. The web framework will include Web Map Services, Web Coverage Services, and Web Feature Services (WMS, WCS, WFS) for access to the data using a secure connection.

The Recipient will build components that will web enable OMM content into a Cloud/Server environment to provide Software as a Service (SaaS). The project will focus on monitoring of ships for situational awareness. The Recipient will utilize Sentinel-2 data to create a process to automate the retrieval, processing and extracting of ship locations and characteristics using components of OMM. Sentinel-2 data provides a coverage area of 100km x 100km for each tile at 10m spatial resolution and on average is made available approximately 5 hours after sensing through the Open Access Hub Application Programming Interface (API) provided by the European Space Agency. Image sample will also be available to the collaborative partners using web services. The type of information includes identifying naval, cargo, fishing ships, and small crafts both in open ocean and near-shore. Compiled vessel traffic data for the tile area will also be made available by the Recipient through the web services.


Agreement Title: Adoption of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure for Real-Time Air Quality Monitoring in Canada’s Urban Environments

Recipient Legal Name: A.U.G. Signals LTD.

City: Toronto

Recipient Province or Territory: Ontario

Agreement Value in CAD: $80,000

Project Objective and Expected Results:

The main objective of the Project is to develop and evaluate sensor-based methods for utilizing geospatial air quality data, in preparation for Canada’s future smart cities. By generating and providing online standards-based high-density air quality data, compliant with global standards, the Project will integrate geospatial data in near-real time on the Internet.

Sensor-equipped smart cities are expected to emerge over the upcoming decade and relevant infrastructure is being planned and installed; a case in point is the smart lighting systems that many cities investing in. This project will give the opportunity for the cities to accelerate their effort in transitioning to the smart city for a smarter, more environmental friendly city.

The Recipient will demonstrate the feasibility of using sensor technologies to collect and communicate geospatial air quality and demonstrate the integration of sensor and spatial data infrastructure data to create maps of air quality in urban centres. The Recipient will translate the knowledge derived from the Project to government clients and stakeholders to promote the use of a spatial data infrastructure for environmental monitoring, health studies and urban planning.

This key outputs of the Project will be:

  • An interactive website that demonstrates the feasibility of creating sensor-based geospatial information that may be integrated into Canada’s future smart cities.
  • Maps of air quality that integrate data from conventional monitoring and innovative sensor technologies with other CGDI-based data.
  • A final report that will be shared with relevant stakeholders in federal, provincial, regional and municipal government agencies.
  • Conference presentations and journal publications that will help promote Canada’s international profile as being at the leading edge of using novel geospatial information over the Internet.


Agreement Title: Polar Code Application – Decision Support and Compliance

Recipient Legal Name: C-CORE

City: St John’s

Recipient Province or Territory: Newfoundland and Labrador

Agreement Value in CAD: $145,882

Project Objective and Expected Results:

The main objective of the Project is to build a Polar Code Application software to integrate Synthetic Aperture Radar data of Arctic sea ice with vector based eastern Arctic sea ice products from Canadian Ice Services. It will provide access to historical as well as near real-time data sets over the Internet in a bandwidth challenged environment that is intermittently offline. This Project will address a gap in availability of an “offline” function for various satellite imagery types that require frequent updates. The Polar Code Application will be used as a decision support tool for ships navigating in polar regions with the highest level of safety for human life and protection of polar environments in compliance with the Polar Code. The Recipient will promote the Polar Code Application online as well as through specific demonstrations to shipping ice pilots.

The United Nations’ agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), which became effective in January 2017. The Polar Code requires vessels to have “up to date” nautical information such as ice charts, and the ice extent available for safe navigation. The application has an immediate identified need and will be tested in 2019-2020.

The Recipient will develop the Polar Code Application, which will provide an easy to use interface to act as a conduit for a broader audience access to radar based satellite imagery as well as vector-based ice chart products.

The Recipient will implement the Project and accomplish the task of transferring large raster data as well as relevant vector products using open standards. The Project will use industry best practices and emerging geospatial data standards in a bandwidth challenged environment that is intermittently offline, allowing users the option to download data when connectivity is available. The Project scope includes a desktop and mobile application version of the solution. The Recipient has developed a business plan for the commercialization of the Polar Code service.

The service will be expandable to incorporate more of Canada’s geospatial information, including the upcoming RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM).


Agreement Title: Delivering scalable Open Geospatial Consortium data services in the Cloud

Recipient Legal Name: CUBEWERX INC.

City: Gatineau

Recipient Province or Territory: Quebec

Agreement Value in CAD: $268,273

Project Objective and Expected Results:

The primary objective of this Project is to reduce the time required to access, process, and publish satellite and geospatial content to a broad audience on the Internet, and considerably reduce the process flow from collections to decision-making.

As part of this Project, the Recipient will deliver new web mapping service products that can automatically aggregate imagery content from other Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) compliant map servers and scale up and down to serve maps to more than hundreds of thousands of concurrent users. The Recipient will achieve this by releasing a new pre-commercial product that is compliant to OGC standards and respond to the needs of integrating various sources of satellite and geospatial data by developing a Web Integration Service (WIS) that can aggregate geospatial content from remote OGC compliant Web Mapping Services and Web Map Tile Services.

The key project outputs will be:

  • The ability to keep a web mapping service current through on-going image uploading activities.
  • The ability to automatically integrate web-mapping data services by aggregating other compliant map services.


Agreement Title: Development of a Prototype Multi-Temporal Climate Change Analysis System for Earth observation and Supporting Geospatial Data for Environment and Climate Change Canada


City: Gatineau

Recipient Province or Territory: Quebec

Agreement Value in CAD: $143,782

Project Objective and Expected Results:

The primary objective of this Project is to integrate disparate sources of Earth observation data over multiple decades for the Pollutant, Inventories and Reporting Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada, to make them accessible over the web for analysis by decision makers and other interested stakeholders in near real time.

As part of this Project, the Recipient will develop a porotype web-based system that dramatically improves access to pre-processed satellite imagery to support evidence-based methods to guide decision making through a process known as multi-temporal analysis.

The key project outputs will be:

  • advancement on how multi-sensor satellite imagery is integrated to support decision making for Canadian policy stakeholders
  • improved access to information derived from satellite imagery through the systematic processing and organization into spatio-temporal data cubes
  • a demonstration web interface that can be used to assist with the Recipient’s commercialization efforts in positioning it as a provider of innovative solutions to leverage big Earth observation data stacks
  • a public awareness and marketing campaign within the Recipient’s marketing reach to showcase Canadian technology and know-how with respect to geospatial data and infrastructure as demonstrated via this project


Agreement Title: Standards-based System for Near Real-Time 3D Online Mapping of the Globe by Integrating

Various Sources of Satellite Data and Geospatial Data

Recipient Legal Name: University of New Brunswick

City: Fredericton

Recipient Province or Territory: New Brunswick

Agreement Value in CAD: $166,349

Project Objective and Expected Results:

The main objective of the Project is to improve the speed of a global 3D online mapping technology to effectively access and integrate various sources of satellite data and geospatial data. The Project will focus on the development of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) supported and standards-based system for near real-time 3D online mapping of the globe.

The Recipient will enhance the processing speed and efficiency of their 3D online mapping system by adding standards-based solutions to achieve near-real-time 3D online mapping of the area of interest in the globe, using various sources of satellite data and geospatial data.

The key outputs of the Project will be:

  • A functional prototype of a modern online 3D mapping system.
  • Modern analytic tools that can do Line-of-Sight 3D analytics.
  • Software apps that can use 2D and 3D computers, Virtual Reality, glasses-free 3D smartphones/laptops to see in 3D.

The Recipient will explore the development of 3D content and 3D technology specifically in 3D online mapping. The Recipient will integrated existing 2D mapping and 2D geospatial data standards into the generation of 3D mapping contents and the application of newly emerging 3D tools. The Recipient will enhance its 3D online mapping system to effectively use geospatial data for a wide range of applications nationally and internationally. The Recipient describes its 3D mapping technology as being groundbreaking and disruptive in the geospatial industry of 3D generation and online mapping. The Recipient’s solution will effectively utilize the existing Earth observation images and geospatial data to create 3D mapping information, distribute the 3D information through the internet, and visualize and analyze the information using modern 3D devices.

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