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Echosec Recognized as Finalist in 2016 VIATEC Technology Awards

Echosec is the next generation of search that connects you with billions of online pictures and posts made by millions of people, which never normally make it to common search engines.

Victoria, BC, Canada, May 25, 2016 — Echosec Systems Ltd., is pleased to announce they have been selected as finalists in 2 categories for the annual VIATEC awards. The awards celebrate achievements of technology companies and individuals responsible for making Greater Victoria one of the fastest-growing technology regions in Canada. Award recipients will be announced at a gala event on June 24, 2016 in Victoria, B.C.Echosec Recognized as Finalist in 2016 VIATEC Technology Awards

VIATEC has recognized 58 finalists for awards in 13 categories and according to the committee, 2016 saw a record number of finalists pulled from a total of 189 nominations!http://canadiangis.com/geomatics-acronyms-and-abbreviations.php

This year, Echosec has been recognized as a finalist in the following categories:

  • Emerging Technology Company of the Year
  • Innovative Excellence – Software or Service

About the VIATEC Awards

VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989 with a mission to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector. The awards celebrate the achievements of technology companies responsible for making Greater Victoria the fastest growing technology region in BC, as well as the leaders, creators and innovators that have driven the local tech sector to over $3 billion in annual sales and Victoria’s largest private industry. See more at https://www.viatec.ca/events/viatec-technology-awards

About Echosec

Echosec (www.echosec.net) is the next generation of search that connects you with billions of pictures and posts made by millions of people, which never normally make it to common search engines. Echosec is the first search engine of its kind to realize that ‘where’ matters as much as ‘what’. The unique way of collecting and displaying dynamic and user-generated content from sites like Twitter, Foursquare and Instagram, gives Echosec a completely unfiltered and real-time view of the world. Echosec has become an indispensable resource for journalists, government, and law-enforcement agencies looking for information on global events. Defence and security applications for Echosec’s technology are extensive, as are the use cases in journalism and media.

Take Echosec for a test drive at free.echosec.net and connect with them via Twitter @Echosec_search.

Note: A 10 Day, trial of Echosec Pro can be requested at https://pro.echosec.net/signup


Geospatial Technology – Mapping the Future

Geospatial Technology – Mapping the Future

Geopositioning Promotional Video from Topcon in Europe [source: Vimeo]

Geospatial technology refers to equipment used in visualization, measurement, and analysis of earth’s features, typically involving such systems as GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing).

DMTI Spatial & Intact Financial Awarded Technology of the Year Award

DMTI Spatial & Intact Financial Awarded Technology of the Year Award

This week, DMTI Spatial and Intact Financial were awarded the Technology of the Year award, Insurer category, at the 6th annual Insurance Canada Technology Conference (ICTC) for their work in implementing real-time location analytics technology at Canada’s largest insurance company.

DMTI Spatial and Intact FinancialThe risks presented by flood zones, elevation, or environmental factors can affect infrastructure development and insurance underwriting. To better understand these risks during the underwriting process, Intact Financial engaged DMTI Spatial to work on a solution that could easily integrate into their existing systems and processes.

Through DMTI’s location analytics tool, Intact’s 1,200 underwriters can now differentiate various risks based on the location and determine the most appropriate premiums. New quotes and active policies can, for the first time, be grouped to highlight concentration risks in a table form. Underwriters can also select a specific radius around a property to analyze. This function allows underwriters to view all properties within that radius (either active policies or new quotes being considered) in a table format.


TORONTO, March 13, 2015 – At the 6th annual Insurance Canada Technology Conference (ICTC), DMTI and Intact Financial Corporation were awarded the Technology Implementation of the Year award for their work in implementing real-time location analytics technology at Canada’s largest insurance company, resulting in a 15 per cent reduction in processing time. Judging for the ICTA is based on the positive impact that a specific technology or application of technology has had on business.

In 2014, Intact Financial tasked DMTI with building a real-time application that would integrate into the legacy underwriting systems and processes while allowing their team of underwriters to better understand the risks presented by existing and new policies during the underwriting process.

“We are honoured to be recognized as the ICTA Technology Implementation of the Year,” said Philip Kaszuba, President, DMTI Spatial. “As a leader in the insurance industry, Intact came to the project with a clear vision and a desire to leverage location to empower their underwriters with innovative analytical tools to better price and assess risks more efficiently. We’re excited by the results and strongly believe that this solution will help to meet evolving customer demands in the insurance industry.”

Leveraging DMTI’s Location Hub®, Intact implemented a mapping tool that provides a visual user interface within Intact’s underwriting systems, allowing underwriters to quickly identify risks and accelerate decision making. With this tool, underwriters can see properties on a map, street map data, existing risk layers, flood zones, elevation and proximity to water data and more.

“The entire underwriting community at Intact highly values the features associated with this new application,” said Alain Lessard, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lines, Intact Insurance. “The tool has a great visual component that makes it easier to see exactly where a risk is located and how it relates to other risks that Intact writes. We appreciate the efficiency it brings to the underwriting process, but more importantly, it helps us deliver on our promise to provide outstanding customer service and support by accelerating our decision making.”

The award-winning solution from DMTI Spatial has resulted in a 15 per cent reduction in processing time during the quoting process, making the payback period for this project six months. Contributing factors for this reduction included the ease of entering addresses as well as the reduction of errors when entering risk addresses. Further, the street map functionality quickly highlights concentration of risks in relation to environmental factors.

About Intact

Intact Financial Corporation (www.intactfc.com) is the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada. The company distributes insurance under the Intact Insurance brand through a wide network of brokers, including its wholly owned subsidiary, BrokerLink, and directly to consumers through belairdirect.

About DMTI Spatial

DMTI Spatial, a member of the Neopost group, is the Canadian market leader in location based information and data quality. For almost 20 years, DMTI Spatial has been providing industry leading location economics and Master Address Management (MAM) solutions to Global 2000 companies and government agencies. DMTI Spatial is the creator of market leading CanMap® mapping solutions, Location Hub® and maintains the gold standard for GIS location-based data in Canada. DMTI Spatial is headquartered in Markham, Ontario. Learn more at www.dmtispatial.com

80 years of Canadian Geographic Maps & Thompson’s 1826 Map of Northwestern North America

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I recently returned from giving a presentation at Carto2013; an annual Canadian cartographic themed conference that was held at the University of Alberta co-hosted by the Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA) & the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA). It was a relative small conference regards to size but well organized and very informative, covering a wide range of cartographic and GIS topics.

One of the key themes evident at the conference was related to history of cartography and history through maps”, a topic that many of the presentations were related to and several of these talks were about 1826 maps of Northwestern North America created by David Thompson. I myself have never really had much interest in history however these presentations provided me with a much different perspective and maybe I have found myself a new (or old??) to explore.

Yesterday while searching for some Canadian maps with my daughter I stumbled across yet some more historic themed cartography, so I thought perhaps we should start a new section on CanadianGIS.com related to Historic Cartography since it is pretty evident that this is becoming topic of interest to many in the Canadian Geomatics community.

logo Canadian GeographicThe Royal Canadian Geographical Society (one of the largest non profit organizations in Canada) has added a feature to their Canadian Geographic web site where they are featuring 80 years of Canadian Maps published in Canadian Geographic. One of the Society’s core mandates is to promote the country of Canada by providing a deeper knowledge and broader appreciation of Canada through it’s people, wildlife, geography and heritage as well as the environmental, social and economic challenges that Canadian’s face.

80 years of Canadian GeographicThe Canadian Geographic magazine has always done a great job of promoting Canadian people, culture together with geography through informative articles, stunning color images and elegant thematic maps. This online feature will help provide a younger generation of potential cartographic enthusiasts with a great opportunity to discover a legacy of Canadian mapping history together all in one location (and a chance for others to potentially rediscover).

“Through the 80 years that Canadian Geographic has been in publication, cartography has held a prominent place on its pages, offering Canadians a greater understanding of their country and the world. Whether our maps have illustrated a part of the country or a part of our brains, they’ve made a lasting impact. We’ve searched through eight decades of the magazine to bring you nearly 50 maps organized by the following themes: Exploration, Conflict and Borders, People, Wildlife, The Changing Environment and The North.” [source: canadiangeographic.ca]

80 years of Canadian Geographic

From detailed hand drawn maps of early explorers (such as Henry Hudson) whom created and documented some of the earliest spatial representations of Canada to digital generated maps that focus on the environment (such as negative effects of urbanization and capitalizing on our natural resources) nature, the north, and our people. With an 80 year span, there is a wide range of cartographic images to browse through as well as a Cartography 101 section that provides some basic explanations of various mapping techniques and technologies used to create maps, including why “There is much more to a map than simply showing you where to go” (for those that do not know so much about maps, the technology and map terminology).

Check out some of the many Canadian Maps published in Canadian Geographic over the past 80 years by browsing through the map collections and various mapping related features available on their website (http://canadiangeographic.ca/vous_etes_ici-you_are_here).

full size replica of Thompson’s 1826 map of Northwestern North America titled - A Map of North America from 84 Degrees West to the Pacific Ocean

Andreas Korsos, one of the presenters at Carto2013, is a professional Cartographer who has a passion for historic cartography of western exploration and over his career has created numerous thematic maps related to many historic figures such as David Thompson. At Carto2013, he was one of three presenters in a session about reproducing a 200 Year old Manuscript Map of Northwestern North America (Rosemary Malaher & David Malaher also provided very informative talks in that session). They also presented a full size replica of Thompson’s 1826 map of Northwestern North America titled “A Map of North America from 84 Degrees West to the Pacific Ocean”.

The large 6 square meter replica map that was on display, encompassed a geographic region from 45 degrees to 60 degrees north latitude and 84 degrees to 126 degrees west longitude. It was created from 176 high resolution images, mosaicked, georeferenced and is the most pristine version in Canada. It is also the only copy that is available outside the United Kingdom witch until now was only accessible to key Canadian researchers that had to travel to the National Archives in Kew, England.

Thompson’s 1826 map of Northwestern North America at Carto2013

“I am only one of two that I know of who are performing extensive research on the surviving maps of David Thompson (1770-1857). The 1826 version is the most detailed and immaculate version in existence and it does not deserve to be locked away in an archive in England, hidden from our view or the views of our citizens. “- Andreas Korsos

Those who were not fortunate enough to travel out to Carto2013 in Alberta and have an interest in historic cartography will most definitely want to explore Andreas’ website where you will find lots of information, photos and map replications of a number of early western explorers. As well as becoming familiar with the various maps, he has also researched the literature from the various explorers’ logs and traveled along some of the historic routes to experience the geography first hand. He had many interesting stories about Thompson and his cartographic journeys to share at the various networking opportunities at the conference.

Map 1826 Northwestern North America by Thompson

Finally remember to follow or check back to the new “Historic Cartography” section of CanadianGIS.com as we continue to explore other great sources of vintage mapping in Canada and related topics. And if you have a feature related to historic mapping in Canada then certainly let us know if you would like to share it with our online audience.

City of Terrace migrates to iVAULT MapGuide Open Source for web mapping

Challenge
The City of Terrace (British Columbia) hosted a public web mapping application that was developed on Autodesk MapGuide 6.5 technology. This site was used extensively by realtors, developers, the general public and internal staff to access maps, databases and reports related to geographic features.

Rocky Mountains British Columbia

In the earlier days of web GIS, the MapGuide 6.5 application was the best on the market for serving spatial data to the web due to its client side applet. However, over time, web technologies evolved and the client side architecture became a security risk and a development liability.  In 2008 Autodesk decommissioned the MapGuide 6.5 application. As a result the City wanted to enhance its online GIS services and provide increased functionality to internal staff using the latest server side MapGuide Open Source technology.

Solution
The City purchased iVAULT MapGuide with the Administration module to replace the existing MapGuide 6.5 application. iVAULT is a web based application that allows organizations, to quickly and easily publish GIS content to the web. You do not need a background in programming to use iVAULT. It allows organizations to easily benefit from linking their existing data to a location and visually see the asset you are managing adding value to your business processes.

The City benefitted from the service-oriented architecture of the iVAULT Administrator to provide a fast, scalable, and cross platform web GIS application to realtors, developers, the general public and internal staff.  iVAULT makes use of open source components to support rich access to spatial data in both vector and raster formats and provides a full suite of tools for map interaction, reporting, analysis, editing and printing. Using MapGuide Studio, the City was able to produce visually stunning cartographic maps and serve those maps to a wide audience. Pacific Alliance Technologies current hosts the new TerraMap site http://terrace.pat.ca and have written very elaborate FME (Feature Manipulation Engine) scripts. This keeps the data in the development environment within the City of Terrace current, along with the live hosted environment within the PAT collocation.

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The City now has a fully supported and integrated web based GIS system that facilitates quality decision making.  With iVAULT, the City benefits from improved strategic and financial planning.  It also provides reliable and meaningful access to the City’s spatial and attribute data. iVAULT’s “Self Service” approach to GIS, has introduced efficiencies in the City’s workflows and provides easy access and increased utilization of City’s existing the  resources. iVAULT provides a solution that facilitates the provision and maintenance of timely, accurate and complete data and is scalable for future integration with additional data sources.  The easy to use Administration module replaces custom development with point and click configurability- empowering Terrace staff to administer the site themselves.Pacific Alliance Technologies, a member of StarDyne Technologies, provides proven CAD and GIS solutions and services for local and regional governments. Easy, flexible and affordable, Pacific Alliance’s solutions enable government staff to manage, query and analyze spatial, attribute and Asset and Financial information. Delivered via a web browser, data is integrated from multiple sources to deliver a solution that streamlines Asset Management and facilitates self-service for the public. With a combined 120+ years of technical experience, Pacific Alliance is lauded in the industry as a GIS technology and service provider.

For more information about Pacific Alliance Technologies, visit http://ivault.pat.ca or www.pat.ca. call them at 1.877.691.9171, or email sales@pat.ca.

[Case study republished with permissiom from Pacific Alliance Technologies]

Esri Canada Dev Meet Up event in Toronto

Esri Canada

Event: Dev Meet Up event
Date: December 1, 2011 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Location: The Raq (739 Queen Street West, Toronto – Ontario)

Esri Canada Dev Meet Up event in Toronto

Details:  Join Esri Canada is launching its first Dev Meet Up event in Toronto on Thursday, Dec. 1.  Their aim is to bring together key people from the web development community to help exchange ideas and discuss importance of spatial accuracy in our rapidly evolving online GIS industry.

The Dev Meet Up is planned to be a technical and informal social event for developers with various demonstrations and presentations to help showcase how users have been leveraging geo-spatial technology for their clients and customers. More information on keynote speaker and lightning talks will be available as the event gets closer.

If you are a  web developer who uses the Esri platform or know of someone who would like to learn how they can leverage location-based services using Esri technology for Web development, then please feel free to spread the word.

Contact Info:  Alia Kotb (Marketing Events Lead at Esri Canada)

Note this is a free event but does require registration so go to http://www.meetup.com/EC-Developers-Meetup/

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