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Latitude Technologies gains recognition

October 6, 2010  By Carey Fredericks

Oct. 6, 2010, Victoria, B.C. - Latitude Technologies along with Northern Ontario Air Operator, Hicks & Lawrence Limited, were recognized for their support to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) during the 2009 to 2010 fire season.

The MNR team led by Aerial Officer, Colin McFayden, was able to create
and send detailed fire reports during aerial scouting missions using the
Latitude Messenger and SkyNode® satcom system, thereby bypassing any
ground based radio congestion. Fire reports were received and integrated
into the Provincial GIS database, so that within minutes, Fire Managers
had all support information necessary to decide on the type of
resources to dispatch including helicopters, water bombers, etc.

As result of the efforts to implement and coordinate this project the
MNR team was presented the Diamond Merit Award by Showcases Ontario
September 20th, 2010 in Toronto. The Merit Award honors the MNR team
efforts to improve service delivery through field driven innovations and

“I wanted to pass on my thanks to the staff at Latitude Technologies for
all the assistance and continued support.” says Tom Ball, Aerial Fire
Operations Coordinator for Ontario. For its part, Latitude is proud to
have been able to assist MNR’s efforts to innovate a new communication
method to help firefighters.



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