Thursday, May 24, 2012

PCI Geomatics and Discovery Air to jointly offer Fire Mapping Services in Ontario, Canada

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada—May 24, 2012: PCI Geomatics, a world-leading developer of geoimaging software and systems, announced today that it will be jointly offering fire mapping services in Northern Ontario with Discovery Air Fire Services Inc. (DAFS) during the upcoming 2012 forest fire season.

DAFS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, has been active for over 60 years, supplying airborne fire management services to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and other authorities responsible for firefighting in Canada. With the increasing complexity and frequency of forest fires in recent years, DAFS has added a new High Level Infrared (HLIR) sensor to its fixed wing fleet, to provide intelligence to wildfire Incident Commanders, Fire Managers, and Fire Duty Officers on a daily basis. The HLIR system consists of a Firemapper camera and operations console, which is used by DAFS to collect thermal and visual imagery during response operations.

One of the key challenges with the imagery collected by the DAFS Firemapper system is rapid and accurate processing of imagery that is collected, in order to prepare mission-critical maps in near real-time. This is especially helpful to understand the effectiveness of firefighting efforts and adjust plans on a daily basis. DAFS, together with PCI Geomatics, will implement an operational system to derive accurate, up-to-date maps based on imagery collected using the Firemapper system. Leveraging PCI’s rigorous technology to process the individual images collected by the camera, DAFS will prepare GIS-ready maps for operational briefings, providing the most up-to-date, accurate fire status information.

The enhanced end-to-end workflow will greatly enhance the situational awareness capability of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, through the provision of accurate, map-based fire information that will be collected and delivered within hours of capture. The services will be offered through DAFS’ Northern Ontario operations, which is capable of responding to emergencies across Ontario’s forest fire danger areas.

About PCI Geomatics
PCI Geomatics is a world-leading developer of software and systems to process aerial and satellite imagery. The company provides integrated Esri imagery workflows, standalone image processing capability, and large volume processing throughput, giving customers the ability to produce high-quality image products and derived information for any project. Find out more at

About Discovery Air Fire Services Inc. (DAFS)
DAFS is a Northern Ontario-based Aerial Operations Company which has been active in the Canadian Aviation industry for over 60 years. DAFS is a premier provider of special-mission aircraft.  DAFS has established Aircraft and Flight Operations bases with Airframe, Line, and Component maintenance bases at Dryden, Kenora, and Sudbury Ontario. Additionally, the company supports Satellite Flight Operations base at Geraldton and Chapleau. With over 140 aircraft, it is one of the largest air operators in Canada, employing more than 850 flight crew, maintainers, and support staff to deliver a variety of air transport, maintenance, and logistics solutions to its government, airline and business customers.

About Discovery Air Inc.
Discovery Air Inc. is a Canadian specialty aviation company, operating over 150 aircraft with approximately 850 team members. Its subsidiaries provide airborne training to the Canadian military; air ambulance services; airborne fire services; helicopter operations; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.
Discovery Air Inc.’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).

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