Geocart set up in Montreal using a new remote observation technology

How can you ensure that utilities, roads, bridges and other major infrastructure located in remote areas remain safe for public use? This has been the question at the heart of Geocart’s mission since its inception in the early 1990s. The company has developed a unique system to provide remote structural analysis and soil analysis of remote areas.

In the field, its data collection method relies on a wide range of technologies, including laser scanners, hyperspectral sensors, thermal cameras, aerial photogrammetry and satellite data. Geocart processes the information using artificial intelligence (AI) software to automatically calculate key data and determine priorities. This technology helps protect the environment and further ensure safety through constant and rapid assessment of infrastructure such as power lines, railways, roads, bridges and more.

The new Montreal office is Geocart’s first entry into North America. The company is investing nearly $ 5 million to launch its operations in Canada and plans to build a team of programmers, geographic data analysts and other specialists over the next three years.

North America presents many business opportunities with a growing need for tracking. It is one of the largest territories on the planet, almost half of which is characterized by strong geomorphological, climatic and complex environments that make it difficult to accurately and continuously control and monitor areas. Montreal’s strong ecosystems in the fields of AI and aerospace technology, as well as Canada’s vast landscape and territory, provide the perfect framework for our mission. », Sabi Davide Colangelo, General Manager of Analytics at Geocart SpA. ” We will be able to continue to invest in our software and produce innovative solutions for monitoring land, plants and the stability of key infrastructure. This aspect of our mission is important at a time when climate change and extreme weather events require detailed analysis to protect citizens, the planet, and make public services more efficient. »

AI is both an accelerator and a facilitator for improving these activities. The AI ​​-powered software platform will provide vital data on the state of plants near the monitored infrastructure. The use of AI will enable automated environmental and infrastructure monitoring and control operations. Machine learning and automatic data recognition as well as images will make it easier and faster for operators to see geometries, network elements (such as cables and supports) and critical ones, to establish accurate maintenance plans and emergency services and to perform prompt interventions.

Among its customers, Geocart counts many companies and civil society organizations, such as ENEL, TERNA, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) of the United Nations (UN), Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, Autostade per l ‘Italy, TOTAL, and other world -renowned organizations.

Geocart technology is an example of a concrete AI application to facilitate complex operations that are important for the environment and our daily lives. It is with this in mind that Montréal International supported Davide and his team on this project from the beginning. Thanks to its leadership and strong group of talents in AI and aerospace technologies, our metropolis is once again attracting an innovative company while serving as a bridge between Europe and the United States. “, he said Stéphane Paquet, President and CEO of Montreal International.

“By choosing Montreal to begin its expansion into North America, GEOCART is strengthening the important positioning of our innovation ecosystem,” underlines Hubert Bolduc, President of Investissement Québec International. “Supported by our experts based in Quebec and Europe, the arrival of this new team dedicated to research and development will help enrich our expertise, particularly in artificial intelligence and machine learning, here in Quebec. »


About Geocart

Geocart is an engineering company, established in various countries, working in the sectors of Earth observation, infrastructure, energy, environment and territory, civil engineering, agriculture and forestry, and information and communication technologies. (ICT), developing innovative services that meet everyone. market demand. Our mission is to observe, explore and anticipate changes in the world, by listening primarily to the customer. To do this, we use innovative techniques and technologies, design personalized solutions and develop the right skills. Professionalism, creativity and speed are our watchdogs. We are working tirelessly to develop new detection tools and new survey techniques that allow us to identify territory and monitor the environment, because we are convinced that the future of our planet is being built today. Our solutions rely on alternative sources to produce clean energy and realize our vision of a better world through sustainable development. Proud followers of planning and exploiting the potential of new technologies, we use our skills in the engineering and ICT sector to turn ideas into solutions to projects and needs.