R & D Project Name: Geospatial Open Platform Sensorweb (G-OPS)
Collaboration: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Atlantic Innovation Fund
Total Project Value: $3.6 Million
"Geospatial Open Platform Sensorweb (G-OPS)", was an expansion to Compusult's flagship product Web Enterprise Suite (WES), which combines location-based information such as maps and satellite imagery from various and disparate sources into a single user interface. The expansion added a feature which allowed access to sensors deployed anywhere in the world.
Sensors monitor and provide real-time information on such things as meteorological and oceanographic conditions, and marine traffic and activity. The information provided by these sensors can be accessed, but mostly on an individual basis. This geoportal provided rapid, Web-enabled access to any combination of these sensors simultaneously leading to more effective decision making in areas such as health and safety, climate change and disaster management.
The system gave users a wide range of functionality, including the ability to observe and use various information, to sometimes control the sensors themselves (called tasking), and to receive alerts via telephone, email, or text message when the sensors detect a reading outside a specified range. This addition to the Web Enterprise Suite made WES very highly sought-after by various industries. The initial market was the U.S. military, but the product also had applications for environmental monitoring, weather reporting, disaster relief and infrastructure monitoring.
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