Ottawa buys exactEarth data services for $19.2M

All Canadian government departments will have full access to exactAIS data service.

October 1, 2014   by PLANT STAFF

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — exactEarth has been awarded a $19.2 million contract by the Government of Canada to provide advanced satellite AIS data services.

This contract covers 18 months and supersedes and significantly augments the existing AIS data services contract that had been in place since 2012 with the Canadian Space Agency and Department of National Defence.

Under the new contract the full exactAIS data service is made available to all Canadian government departments and will be used for a wide range of applications including wide-area maritime surveillance and security, customs and border protection, Arctic vessel traffic monitoring, fisheries and environment monitoring as well as Search and Rescue.

exactEarth, based in Cambridge, Ont., is a data services company providing the most advanced information on global maritime traffic. It’s jointly owned by Com Dev International Ltd., a manufacturer of satellite systems, and HISDESAT Servicios Estratégicos, S.A., a supplier of space systems services in Madrid.

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