Early Technology Trials

Portable Modem

NBDC conducted a number of research trials into both hardware and software solutions to meet specific needs prioritized by NBDC board members. From investigations into low-cost workstations to advanced multi-point videoconferencing solutions on a satellite network, this two year period of trials provided both NBDC and SSi Micro with valuable knowledge for future development. Many of the trials were early efforts that were never implemented by NBDC or the original developers, but were eventually introduced in other forms.

NBDC worked with contractors to investigate possible solutions for various applications that would be particularly useful to people in Nunavut, including:

  • Voice Over IP via satellite,
  • Multi-point videoconferencing, (IP based)
  • Publicly accessible geoscience information layered into Google Earth;
  • Low cost workstation;
  • Visitor access hotspots (to assist local companies to generate revenue and provide access in public places);
  • Portable On-the-land camp units (for use in camps located within a community tower’s range for on-the-land access)
  • Security monitoring devices to assist local companies to install and manage remote security devices.

Prototypes were developed for the workstation, visitor access hotspots, portable camp units, and security monitoring devices.

Software developed for the VOIP application continues to inform experiments in the ever-changing technology landscape, as SSi continues to work on voice applications over the network.

Data was collected and developed in Inuktitut and layered into Google Earth and demonstrated to 17 geo-scientists in Iqaluit in 2006.

The “Click to Meet” multi-point video-conferencing application was a huge learning experience for both NBDC and SSi Micro in the quest for IP video conferencing options.

Many people were involved including various technology vendors, Google Earth developers, Click to Meet developers, SSi Micro, NBDC staff, and CSP testers of various hardware and applications.

Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Government of Canada provided funding.