DigitalGlobe Partners with Ecopia Tech Corporation to Generate Building Footprints by Leveraging Machine Learning in the Cloud

WESTMINSTER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR), today announced a partnership with Ecopia Tech Corporation (“Ecopia”) to know precisely where buildings are by utilizing proprietary artificial intelligence algorithms and innovative cloud computing to create building footprints. By using Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe, customers will have the most current and accurate information on structures in their areas of interest, enabling them to make business decisions with unprecedented speed and efficiency.

“Combining our algorithms with DigitalGlobe’s technology allows Ecopia to extract and update building footprints at a scale and speed never before thought possible.”

Tweet this

Ecopia, a developer in DigitalGlobe’s Geospatial Big Data platform (GBDX) ecosystem, established a process to create building footprints quickly and at scale by leveraging advanced machine learning in combination with DigitalGlobe’s cloud-based 100 petabyte imagery library. This innovative approach offers a welcome alternative to outdated footprint sources and the corresponding time-consuming and expensive creation methods. Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe provides actionable insights for observing, analyzing, and monitoring business processes like supply chain management, urban planning, and asset monitoring for industries such as energy, insurance, real estate, telecom, and location-based services. Starting with the United States, the two companies will extract highly accurate 2D building footprints across the Earth, then refresh the datasets to find and track change over time, which is valuable information to businesses. Several national service providers are already using the building footprints in their industry-leading applications.

“Ecopia is harnessing the cloud-based computational power of GBDX to gain immediate, on-demand access to DigitalGlobe’s 18-year library of high-resolution satellite imagery,” said Bill Singleton, Ecopia Tech Corporation Vice President. “Combining our algorithms with DigitalGlobe’s technology allows Ecopia to extract and update building footprints at a scale and speed never before thought possible.”

“Now, customers in a multitude of verticals can quickly answer business-critical questions instead of spending time creating the data and information to answer those questions,” said Dr. Shay Har-Noy, DigitalGlobe Vice President of Unified Platform. “Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe will become a foundational data layer for all businesses with an interest in how our world is built and how it is changing over time.”

DigitalGlobe and Ecopia will extract every building footprint in the United States by mid-year 2018, and many major international locations by the beginning of 2019. Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe will be available off the shelf or on-demand, with or without the source high-resolution imagery, and will include the option to subscribe to regular updates.

About DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is the global leader in commercial high-resolution satellite imagery used by decision makers to better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world’s leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers’ most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight. DigitalGlobe is a Maxar Technologies company (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR). For more information visit www.DigitalGlobe.com.

About Maxar Technologies

Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates) is a leading global provider of advanced space technology solutions for commercial and government markets including satellites, Earth imagery, robotics, geospatial data and analytics. As a trusted partner, Maxar Technologies provides unmatched integrated capabilities, solutions and expertise to help customers anticipate and address their most complex mission-critical challenges with confidence. With more than 6,500 employees in over 31 locations, the Maxar Technologies portfolio of commercial space brands includes MDA, SSL, DigitalGlobe and Radiant Solutions. Every day, billions of people rely on Maxar Technologies to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that Build a Better World. Maxar trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as MAXR. For more information, visit www.maxar.com.

About Ecopia Tech Corporation

Ecopia Tech Corporation (“Ecopia”) is an international supplier of high definition (HD) mapping products that enable high-fidelity global scale insights. Ecopia uses proprietary intelligent systems that leverage groundbreaking advancements in machine learning to convert high-resolution imagery of our earth into HD maps. The technology can utilize multiple sources of imagery ensuring accurate, up-to-date and reliable specifications that you can trust. For information visit www.ecopiatech.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements and information, which reflect the current view of Maxar Technologies Ltd. (the “Company” or “Maxar”) with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements relate to future events or future financial performance. Any such forward-looking statements are based on Maxar’s current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions made in light of its experience and perception of historical trends and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results or performance to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Maxar’s actual results of operations could differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Some of the risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to: the loss or reduction in scope of any of our primary contracts, or decisions by customers not to exercise renewal options; the loss or damage to any of our satellites; delays in the construction and launch of any of our satellites or our ability to achieve and maintain full operational capacity of all our satellites; loss or damage to the content contained in our ImageLibrary; interruption or failure of our ground systems and other infrastructure; decrease in demand for our imagery products and services; increased competition that may reduce our market share or cause us to lower our prices; changes in political or economic conditions, including fluctuations in the value of foreign currencies, interest rates, energy and commodity prices, trade laws and the effects of governmental initiatives to manage economic conditions; failure to obtain or maintain required regulatory approvals and licenses; and, changes in Canadian, U.S. or other law or regulation that may limit our ability to distribute our imagery products and services.

For additional information with respect to certain of these risks or factors, plus additional risks or factors, reference should be made to the Company’s continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time with Canadian and U.S. securities regulatory authorities, which are available online under the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com, under the Company’s EDGAR profile at www.sec.gov, or on the Company’s website at www.maxar.com.

Contacts

Maxar
Investor Relations Contact:
Marissa Poratto, 604-331-2044
Maxar Investor Relations
marissa.poratto@maxar.com
or
Media Contact:
Edelman for DigitalGlobe
Ashley Chauvin, 212-277-3818
DigitalGlobe@edelman.com
or
Ecopia Tech Corporation
Media Contact
Emily Jackson, 647-271-4284
emily@ecopiatech.com

Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region Leverages the Accelerator Program to Invest in Innovation

Far too often, we associate innovation and industry disruption with startups – entrepreneurs with bootstrapped funds and big ideas. But the truth is that the innovation community is just that – a community. Startups need larger companies to access data, test their ideas, and invest into their solutions just as much as those corporations need startups and a startup mentality to help them innovate.

Our partners, Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region Ltd., Brokerage, are an excellent example of the value that larger companies can bring to the ecosystem by embracing innovation internally. Cushman Wakefield is one of the largest commercial real estate brokers in Waterloo Region, providing a breadth of expertise in commercial real estate sales and leasing, investment and portfolio sales, development sites a project marketing, and operating business sales.

In 2017, they decided to leverage the Accelerator Program to test and validate the market for a new drone-based service offering.  Since then, Cushman & Wakefield’s integrated UAV/Drone service has both literally and figuratively taken off as a leading local drone service platform providing a turn-key toolkit solution to acquire, process, and deliver aerial property information for land and commercial real estate marketing to enterprise customers.

Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region Ltd. is the first commercial real estate brokerage to launch an integrated UAV/Drone service platform in Canada by acquiring the appropriate certifications from Transport Canada. By offering clients a cutting edge commercial real estate service with the most advanced UAV/Drone hardware and software technology solutions, they are able to apply leading marketing technique that showcase commercial real estate listings in a unique and powerful way.

Using emerging software and the newest drone hardware technology, we capture Ultra HD images and video and convert imagery into realistic 3D models that allow clients to observe property and surroundings from a detailed aerial perspective. Multiple vantage points provide an extremely precise look to perform aerial building inspections giving our clients the confidence that their infrastructure project is being completed as scheduled with digital records of construction.

Additional services include capturing visual factors such as proximity to major roadways, traffic flows, amenities, and key infrastructure, as well as more complex applications including construction project management, earthworks cut & fill analysis, and property elevation analysis.

Cushman Wakefield completed Phase 1 of the AC program to explore various use cases, business models and market segments for the offering and was able to quickly identify the best way to spin out the new idea and enter the market with the new service.

“When Cushman Wakefield approached us about wanting to leverage AC programming to validate the market for their new drone service, we knew our Phase 1 of the Accelerator Program was ideal and we were excited to help them,” says Accelerator CEO, Paul Salvini.

“Some of the most successful companies that have gone through the AC program grew from ideas that entrepreneurs have had while working in full-time positions in large corporations or were inspired by seeing the struggles of friends and family member in their own careers. It is great to see large companies embracing those ideas internally and turning them into new services or new ventures.”

“In many respects, commercial real estate is a commoditized transactional process. Where I feel our office and professionals exceed, is by constantly looking at new ways of innovation to provide a new standard of excellence by introducing new technologies for our clients to benefit from”, said Michael Polzl, President & Broker of Record for Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region.

“What the Accelerator Centre allowed us to do was create a path to help us identify our strengths as an organization within the commercial real estate sector, and focus in on introducing our UAV/drone platform to our core clients”, said Adam Stewart, Cushman & Wakefield’s Marketing Manager and UAV Practice Leader. “We could have attempted to service many different industries beyond our core business, but the Accelerator Centre mentor team really did a good job of helping to pinpoint where our best efforts should be focused.”

But Cushman Wakefield’s commitment to industry transformation doesn’t stop within their own walls. They are committed to continuing to supporting entrepreneurs that can innovate in the real estate or adjacent markets by acting as first customers, providing advice and consultation, and investing directly in high potential initiatives.

As a global organization, Cushman & Wakefield is fully invested in building innovation through partnerships including with MetaProp NYC, the world’s premier real estate technology nexus, to provide the global real estate services leader with exclusive worldwide strategic advice and corporate development across business lines and support services.

The Cushman & Wakefield-MetaProp tech partnership is one example where qualified startups are given a single point of entry to the global Cushman & Wakefield ecosystem; Fast tracked technology and business diligence; Matching with appropriate Cushman & Wakefield client and business champions; and equally exciting partnerships, investments, and acquisition opportunities.

Ace Age Launches Karie: Say Good-Bye to Your Old Pill Box

Spencer Waugh, CEO and Founder of Ace Age was moved to create a healthcare solution after watching a family member struggle with taking their medications. Waugh’s family member, like many with various medical prescriptions was using the plastic pill boxes (with each day of the week labelled on it) as a tangible reminder to organize and take them each day. But Waugh observed that having a container to organize pills wasn’t enough. His family member struggled to first organize and then take the pills everyday as needed, which ultimately resulted in multiple emergency visits to the hospital over the course of one year. Waugh knew there had to be a better way to assist those who needed to take multiple prescriptions everyday to live a healthy and happy life. That is when the development of Karie began.

Ace Age has created a medication delivery system that provides automatic medication organization, scheduling, monitoring and dispensing. After 3 years of development, they are preparing to launch their home health appliance, Karie.

Karie is a medical device created to make it easy for people and their loved ones to take the right medication at the right time. Karie uses common high-dose pouch packaging where pharmacists pre-organize the medications for you. After placing a preloaded cartridge inside the device, Karie then reads the information on the packaging and automatically creates a medication schedule. Karie takes the prep work and the guesswork out of knowing when to take your next scheduled dose of medications. Should a Karie user be leaving home for more than one day, they can tell Karie the number of doses they will need while away and Karie will dispense those prescriptions as needed. Karie offers peace of mind to its users and and empowers greater independence through its usage, a meaningful mission fulfilled for Waugh.

 

Karie was under development for approximately 3 years, so the team was thrilled when they secured a large finance round in the summer of 2017, which allowed them to accelerate the progress of building their hardware and software product,

“It took time to get the product right. Five iterations to be exact, including testing with patients, research with the healthcare system, usability studies with U of T and putting it out into the public for further testing and much more. What I wasn’t expecting though, was the results from our test cases. There was a 300% increase in the accuracy and satisfaction of taking medications properly.”

With approximately 5 million Canadians taking three prescriptions or more, the Ace Age team is determined to scale Karie to help more people in Canada and beyond.

Currently, Ace Age is a team of eleven full and part-time employees. When asked how it was working with the Accelerator Centre, Waugh says that it was a positive experience as a medical based company,

“It was appreciated getting the support on business building and even things like corporate culture and how to build that meaningfully as we grow, the mentors had such a wealth of knowledge and it helped us immensely.”

When looking forward to 2018 and the future for Ace Age and Karie, Waugh’s goals are to get traction in the market and begin forecasting into the future of healthcare.

“We want to see Karie become a fixture in people’s homes that can support patients and alleviate the pressure of taking medications everyday, so that people can worry less about that and spend more time enjoying their lives.”

To learn more about Karie, please visit: http://kariehealth.com/

New app helping empower people with cognitive special needs

Originally Published by CityNews

BY BRANDON ROWE

POSTED MAR 28, 2018 6:25 PM EDT

A new app that promotes inclusion and accessibility for people with cognitive special needs.

Inspired by her brother Troy who lives with autism and is non-verbal, Nadia Hamilton created MagnusCards, a free app that’s available in Canada and abroad.

The idea is that by focusing on the screen and reading or hearing the prompts, the user is distracted from the noise, people and lights, and can follow a step-by-step guide to complete particular tasks.

“I’m not always going to be there,” Hamilton said. “My parents aren’t always going to be there and this app is about building a bridge from the couch to the community.”

MagnusCards have partnered with a number organizations including Pearson Airport.

“It’s another step in our journey to be more accessible for creating a universal travel experience for all of our passengers,” Maria Ganogiannis from Greater Toronto Airports Authority told CityNews.

You can find more information on the app and how to download it at magnusmode.com.

Show
Hide