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Dartmouth companies develop advanced ocean monitoring technologies -

Three Dartmouth companies are preparing to launch their advanced satellite, seismic and acoustic data collection technologies. This next step will create jobs and strengthen Nova Scotia’s position as a leader in ocean sensor surveillance, artificial intelligence and monitoring technologies.

Today, Darren Fisher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced a total of $1,313,742 in repayable contributions to help three companies pursue development and commercialization projects:

      • Global Spatial Technology Solutions Inc. is developing new satellite surveillance features with maritime management applications, including tracking COVID-19 through maritime points of entry into Canada.

These innovative technologies will help protect our oceans as well as the health, safety and security of Canadians and others around the globe.

“We almost didn’t do it. When the pandemic hit in early 2020, we wondered if we were doing the right thing by moving a Texas-based business to Nova Scotia. We are really glad we did. We have already hired seven additional people and plan to hire more this year. Reftek is a world renowned Seismic equipment company that designs and manufactures Seismic systems to monitor the effects of earthquakes. Reftek products are used the world over in structural monitoring and hazard mitigation. By moving to Nova Scotia, we gave Reftek access to the highly skilled technical staff and positive business environment that exists here.”

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