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Your Canadian Geospatial Briefing for September 3rd: Is The GIS Market Vertically Challenged?; StatsCan using satellite data to estimate crop/yield production; Director of Data and Digital for the Government of Canada leaves to join AI Global; MDA Selected to Build Robotic Interfaces for the Canadarm3 on NASA-led Gateway; Teledyne Optech and LiDAR USA partner in dynamic new mobile UAV sensor integration; Drone test flight successfully delivers prescription drugs in Canada for the 1st time

Is The GIS Market Vertically Challenged?

Will Cadell attended GoGeomatics GeoIgnite event last spring in Ottawa, ON. During his time at this event, he did a presentation suggesting that “geospatial is a horizontal market hidden inside a vertical.”

Will Cadell does a great job on elaborating on everything GIS is and can be used for, and how there are too many people still learning about ‘What is GIS’ instead of thinking of how GIS or geospatial products can be used. He argues that although it may “break an unwritten rule… it might also open markets that desperate for better data product…”.

Is The GIS Market Vertically Challenged?

StatsCan using satellite data to estimate crop/yield production

2019 will be a low production year for canola in Canada, this year’s production is expected to go down 9.3 percent.

StatsCan will typically request farmers to complete surveys every July to collect production data. This year in Manitoba, StatsCan decided to instead use satellite data.  In the past, StatsCan had used remote sensing data but utilised the farmer surveys to ensure the data was reliable. They have learnt that it is just as dependable as the surveys. In addition, satellite imagery has been a reliable tool in the forecasting of crop yield.

StatsCan using satellite data to estimate crop/yield production

Director of Data and Digital for the Government of Canada leaves to join AI Global

Ashley Casovan, was the director of data and digital for the Government of Canada, and she has recently accepted a new position as the executive director of AI Global, a non-profit.

She will be working closely with the board of AI Global and their global advisors. Here is Casovan’s statement on her new position; “I am excited to join AI Global at such an important time in history,we are all becoming increasingly aware of the potential benefits and harms of AI, but we don’t always know how to best harness the full power of these systems. I look forward to supporting AI Global’s members and those building and using AI. We are aiming to make it easier to balance innovation and protection of the public.”

Director of Data and Digital for the Government of Canada leaves to join AI Global

MDA Selected to Build Robotic Interfaces for the Canadarm3 on NASA-led Gateway

Photo by NASA

MDA, a Maxar company, has been contracted by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to work on first phase of the Gateway External Robotic Interfaces Project. MDA will be working with CSA on developing the proper interfaces and systems necessary to provide “the Gateway module and element developers with information to support the integration of the external robotics and its interfaces”.

Also Read this announcement from the Government of Canada announcing its commitment to the Gateway.

To learn more about this project, click here.

MDA Selected to Build Robotic Interfaces for the Canadarm3 on NASA-led Gateway

Teledyne Optech and LiDAR USA partner in dynamic new mobile UAV sensor integration

Teledyne Optech announced that CL-90, a new compact lidar sensor, will be available for purchase through LiDAR USA.

LiDAR USA sells products individuals and companies can use for surveying, highway and land development, agricultureal work and topo work.

If you would like to learn about about Teledyne’s Optech’s CL-90, check out Teledyne Optech’s website.

Teledyne Optech and LiDAR USA partner in dynamic new mobile UAV sensor integration

Drone test flight successfully delivers prescription drugs in Canada for the 1st time

This high-powered drone was loaded with prescription drugs and flown to Salt Spring Island on Aug. 19.(London Drugs)

The future is officially here, Canada Post and London Drugs have partnered and tested drones as a new means of delivering prescription drugs.

During this test, an emergency EpiPen and Narcan Spray was flown from Duncan, BC to Salt Spring BC. This delivery took a total of 11min. This delivery occurred 101 years after the first letter was delivered by air in Canada.

Is this something you would try?

Drone test flight successfully delivers prescription drugs in Canada for the 1sttime

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