The defence and security branch of Thales Canada garnered a nearly $11 million contract from the federal government to create a new command, control and communications system for defence applications.
The system has a heavy focus on Arctic surveillance and will include data, messages and map overlays that include nearly real-time information on ship and shore movements.
The Interdepartmental Maritime Integrated Command, Control and Communications (IMIC3) project includes participation from the Canadian Coast Guard and the Department of National Defence.
"We will deliver a robust national command and control network to both Coast Guard and naval units at sea as well as command centers ashore, that will considerably augment their operational capabilities," stated Paul Kahn, Thales' president and chief executive.
The contract value was not disclosed by the company. However, federal records show it to be worth $10.89 million.
Thales Canada is headquartered in Montreal but has around 140 employees in Ottawa, according to Ottawa Technology magazine.
The worldwide parent firm, Thales Group, had revenues of around $18 billion (€13.1 billion) in 2010 and has about 68,000 employees in 50 countries.
Major clients of the France-based entity include the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Space Agency.