The Canadian government commits $8 million to Ecopia AI to create a high-precision 3D map of Canada to support Net-Zero initiatives

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This funding partnership will enable the creation of a 3D vector map of cities across Canada – providing next-generation digital mapping data to support a variety of sustainability and Net-Zero initiatives

TORONTO — Today, Ecopia AI (“Ecopia”) announced a funding partnership with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (“SDTC”), which will support the creation of high-accuracy 3D vector maps in Canada’s top 100 cities. This next-generation digital mapping data will support sustainability-related initiatives as part of the Canadian government’s plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Digital maps serve as the basis for many applications that help facilitate economic growth, community development and climate resilience. However, Canada has historically operated without a uniform, high-accuracy digital representation of its cities – the creation of such a map offers the opportunity to increase the efficiency and accuracy of decision-making in cities and across the world. countries – with apps spanning government, insurance, telecommunications, transportation, and public safety.

By creating a digital representation of Canada’s Top 100 Cities, this initiative will help municipal stakeholders better understand and manage their cities – including accelerating Net-Zero initiatives such as rooftop solar installations, tree canopy coverage and improved flooding. cartography. These standardized maps will also allow provincial and federal stakeholders to better understand and compare progress toward Net-Zero 2050 targets, providing valuable insight for policy and funding programs.

Ecopia will leverage its AI-based mapping systems to leverage high-resolution multi-view aerial imagery, producing the high-precision 3D vector map of the top 100 cities. The resulting map will offer a highly accurate digital representation of every building, road, bridge, railroad, driveway, sidewalk, parking lot, pool, sports field, body of water, forest, grassland, bare land, and paved area in every city. The cities of Thunder Bay and Windsor are consortium partners on the project and will be at the forefront of deploying these maps for sustainability-related applications. Additionally, Ecopia will offer each of Canada’s Top 100 municipalities a 2-year data license to help support immediate action toward climate resilience initiatives.

“Canadians across the country are part of the solution in the fight against the climate crisis and Ecopia is seizing the opportunity and doing its part. Our government knows that when investments in science, technology and innovation are matched with ambitious and talented Canadian entrepreneurs, it leads to the breakthroughs we need to power a more resilient and sustainable future for all. – The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“Big data plays a vital role in achieving and maintaining optimal environmental sustainability. With this funding, SDTC is proud to help Ecopia optimize its data solution, paving the way for greater market opportunities and greater sustainability. – Leah Lawrence, President and CEO of SDTC

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“We are thrilled and honored to lead the creation of this high-accuracy 3D map of Canadian cities. This initiative will create the foundation of a digital twin for cities across the country, providing data that will help support smart, safe and sustainable communities. – Jon Lipinski, president and co-founder of Ecopia AI.

About Sustainable Development Technology Canada

At SDTC, we support companies trying to do extraordinary things. From seed funding to educational support and peer learning to market integration, we’re invested in helping our small and medium-sized businesses grow into successful businesses that employ Canadians coast-to-coast. . We relentlessly strive to help our businesses grow and evolve in an increasingly competitive marketplace. The innovations we fund help solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges: climate change, regeneration through the circular economy, and the well-being of humans in the communities they live in and the natural environment with which they live. they interact. For more information, visit https://www.sdtc.ca.

About Ecopia AI

Ecopia is on a mission to create a digital twin of the Earth. We use artificial intelligence to convert high-resolution images into high-definition (HD) vector maps. These maps form a digital representation of reality and are integrated into business intelligence applications, providing unique insight at scale. Ecopia’s HD vector maps are used for hundreds of commercial and government applications in over 100 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.ecopia.ai.

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