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Canadian Navigation Technology makes waves on a global level

Success Story Info

  • Organization: 

    OSI Maritime

  • Region:  British Columbia
  • Impact: 

    Supporting over 110 employees, the company now exports to over 20 NATO-allied navies.

  • Project: 

    OSI Maritime

  • Category:  Digital technology, Trade
  • Story Date:  2019-02-05
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Over 600 naval vessels across the globe rely on tactical navigation software from British Columbia's OSI Maritime Inc.

In 1979, OSI's small team of engineers and computer scientists began creating navigation software for commercial ships.

Now, OSI has over 110 employees. It is transforming how navigation works at sea. OSI is the only Canadian firm that makes complex software integral to a ship's navigation.

Based in Burnaby, British Columbia, OSI makes integrated "application systems" software for:

  • warships
  • submarines
  • maritime security

The firm is using WD funding to upgrade its Electronic Chart Precise Integrated Navigation System (ECPINS) to meet North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) standards.

OSI is also using the funds to bring the ECPINS to market. It has offices on 4 continents, and supplies technology to 20 NATO-allied navies around the world.

The firm's Integrated Navigation & Tactical System (INTS) has an innovative design that can adapt to the most demanding military environments. Based on ECPINS, INTS is fully scalable and fits both old and new warships. This helps the ships function well in tough situations.

OSI's most recent contract is with Damen Shipyards and the South African Navy. It will supply 3 Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels MMIPVs) with:

  • INTS
  • Tactical Asset Control (T-ACT) System
  • Integrated Mission Management System (IMMS)

Through sensors and data links, these OSI systems will give the South African Navy a tactical advantage. They will help Damen Shipyards' vessels curb illegal trafficking and fishing.

Innovative projects like these not only make our seas more secure, they help BC SMEs succeed on the world stage. By supporting home-grown talent and innovation such as OSI, WD helps Canadians participate and thrive in the economy.

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