Accipiter Radar Technologies Inc. (Accipiter) in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has been awarded $200,000 to lead a study to examine the feasibility of using radar networks for surveillance on the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes. The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, announced the funding today in Ottawa.
The research project is funded under the Public Security Technical Program (PSTP) managed by Defence Research and Development Canada, an agency of the Department of National Defence. Through PSTP, the Government of Canada is investing $2 million for 10 new research projects to advance Canada’s capability to prevent and prepare for safety and security threats, whether caused by terrorist or criminal activity, accident, or natural disaster.
“These projects will provide DND’s partners in the public security community with the necessary tools to fight threats to the safety of Canadians,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay. “This funding will also act as a catalyst for innovations in cutting edge technology.”
“We are both pleased and honoured to be able to expand our existing partnerships with RCMP and DRDC to bring Accipiter’s surveillance resources and expertise to bear on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River regions to improve the safety and security of Canadians,” said Dr. Tim J. Nohara, President & CEO of Accipiter. “I applaud DRDC for its recognition of the importance of such partnerships in ensuring that technology is accurately targeted at real-world problems.”