|10||research groups and chairs|
|800||jobs, with 130 in research alone|
|$80||CDN million in sales figures|
Data compiled for the Québec City metropolitan region
*The region’s geospatial companies and research facilities are all concentrated within a 15-km radius.
The geospatial technology market is booming. In addition to playing an active role in this dramatic growth, companies in the Quebec City region are developing new technologies and approaches that are revolutionizing various spheres of activity.
Thanks to collaboration between regional companies specializing in geospatial solutions, software, databases and telecommunications, as well as with contractors, Quebec City has become a unique point of convergence for these technologies. High-level research facilities are fuelling the momentum that sets the region apart from other similar industrial clusters around the world.
The technologies developed by companies in the Quebec City region have been embraced by many fields. They are used to measure, visualize and analyze geographical land areas for the purposes of undersea mapping, forest management, emergency measures, land management, defence, security and much more.
The evolution of geospatial technologies has transformed traditional maps into powerful digital databases. Aerial photography, combined with 3D mobile map imaging and digital data, can provide a wealth of information for analyzing various phenomena; it is also used for land management, infrastructure management and transportation applications. In addition, this information serves to optimize the transportation of people and goods and is indispensable for civil defence and emergency preparedness.
The explosion of mobile platforms providing Internet access has paved the way for new marketing tools. For instance, georeferenced data can help companies evaluate potential markets. Applications that make use of geolocation data also enhance the process of mobile Internet navigation. Thanks to mobile applications, users can receive special offers and personalized information based on their physical location.
In the defence sector, the production of operational maps is facilitated by transforming complex data into straightforward information. This form of tactical intelligence supports critical functions such as border control, coastal surveillance and collaborative planning systems.