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Predictive analytics for environmental monitoring

LOOKNorth, NorStar Space Data Inc. partner to research predictive analytics to monitor environmental impacts from resource development

LOOKNorth, a Canadian Centre of Excellence for Commercialization & Research hosted by C-CORE of St. John’s, NL, and NorStar Space Data Inc. (NSDI) of Montréal, QC, have signed an agreement to cooperate on the development and commercialization of new technologies and systems to support environmentally responsible, cost-effective development of Canada’s natural resources.

The NorthStar project is a commercial venture owned and operated by NSDI.  It comprises a large-scale Low Earth Orbit satellite constellation hosting a variety of sensor packages to provide the primary data resource, augmented by additional airborne and terrestrial sources.  NSDI is working with LOOKNorth to develop and demonstrate algorithms for specific applications related to land remediation, water quality and oil & gas development systems.  Using change detection as a starting point, NSDI is developing kPOOL, a proprietary set of advanced database logic algorithms.  kPOOL will be used to explore raw, unstructured information, identify new ideas and coordinate information from unrelated sources.

“The opportunity to apply kPOOL’s advanced algorithms to applications related to responsible development of our natural resources elevates the NorthStar project to a much higher level of relevance for everyone,” said Stewart Bain, President and CEO of NSDI.  “NSDI recognizes the opportunity to cooperate with the LOOKNorth Centre of Excellence and appreciates the funding support coming from LOOKNorth’s Technology Validation Program.”

LOOKNorth has provided $200,000 to co-fund a field trial of NSDI’s advanced Image Catalogue data analysis and delivery system, which uses the kPOOL data analytics capability.

“We are pleased to be working with NSDI to build on Image Catalogue and create a new generation of data 

collection and analysis tools for remote sensing applications,” says LOOKNorth Executive Director Bill Jefferies.  “Users are gaining access to ever-expanding datasets through the ‘Internet of Things’. We aim to develop the automated analytics tools needed to capture relevant data: our ultimate goal is to provide tools that will give users the insight they need to safely and sustainably develop northern resources.”