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ING Robotic Aviation

December 08, 2014 07:00 ET

ING Robotic Aviation Awarded Built in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) Contract to Provide Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Services for Wildlife and Habitat Surveys for Environment Canada

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - December 08, 2014) - ING Robotic Aviation, Canada's leader in robotic aircraft, is pleased to announce that is has been awarded a $170K Built in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) contract to provide services with its Responder unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to a Government of Canada department. The BCIP program was initially created by the Government of Canada to help kick-start businesses to get their innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace. For ING Robotic Aviation, this is exactly what the program is providing. 

The Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada is using these Responder services to conduct a series of wildlife and habitat surveys across Canada.

"We are very pleased to be awarded a contract through the Built in Canada Innovation Program," said Ian Glenn, CEO of ING Robotic Aviation. "And we are particularly happy to be working with Environment Canada on wildlife issues. It's a long way from our military roots, and really shows how Canadians can turn military knowledge into useful activities that support our natural world."

ING Robotic Aviation has already began to perform these contracted services with Environment Canada. Completed projects include:

  • Endangered Sage Grouse Habitat Mapping - Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan
  • Woody Feature Mapping in Agricultural Landscapes - Ottawa, Ontario
  • Invasive Dog-Strangling Vine Mapping - Prince Edward Point, Ontario
  • Polar Bear Surveys - Churchill, Manitoba (see attached image)

The next projects will be:

  • Offshore Waterbird Surveys - Kitimat, BC
  • Golden-Winged Warbler Habitat Mapping - Huntingdon, Quebec

"We are very pleased to be working with ING Robotic Aviation and their skilled teams on this project," states Charles Francis, Manager in the Canadian Wildlife Service department at Environment Canada. "The Responder performed remarkably well under a range of challenging conditions."

ING Robotic Aviation delivers robust, flexible, turn key aerial remote sensing solutions as comprehensive products & end-to-end services. We put the right information in our customers hands at the right time. It's all about the data. We developed our skills through extensive operational unmanned aircraft system (UAS) surveillance work with the Canadian military. From these beginnings with military systems, we are now providing commercial services with robotic aircraft including mapping, inspections and monitoring in North America and internationally. We are at the forefront of a disruptive technological and operational change, focused on reinventing aviation. For more information, please visit:

Built in Canada Innovation Program is a permanent, competitive first purchase program offered by the Canadian government. Canadian companies can submit a proposal for their innovative, pre-commercial products or services that have the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the government. For more information, please visit:

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