Light on an eVouala project: Simon’s Expedition to Tuktoyaktuk.

In the last few weeks, our colleague Simon had the opportunity to fly to the North, to Tuktoyaktuk, in order to provide a refresher training on the use of our product as part of the EMSA project. During his stay, he was able to interact with the local community and learn more about their way of life.
The use of the eVouala platform in the context of the EMSA project and the Ocean Protection Plan is essential to the daily lives of the communities. It is with the help of our platform that they document and monitor maritime traffic in real time to ensure the protection of ancestral territories and the conservation of wildlife. It is also with the eVouala mobile app that community members collect offline data on erosion, snow and ice thickness, permafrost layer, and water temperature. All of this is done in order to better guide the research work of scientists around the world and hope for the preservation of their territory, which is fragile due to climate change. The real-time GPS tracking features of the platform, combined with state-of-the-art communication equipment, allow for better access to the territory, geographical information, and increased safety.

Since the community is responsible for the territory and it is their responsibility to maintain it, the collection of this data is essential to the preservation of their living environment.

Simon’s participation during the training week allowed to make a reminder of best practices for the use of our intelligent mapping platform, in addition to better understanding the needs of communities regarding eVouala. Simon also took the opportunity to accompany them in their data collection activities. There’s nothing like going directly to the field to understand the extent of it!

Fun fact: Simon visited several pingos (ice volcanoes) during his visit, some of which can reach up to 16 stories. There are over 1,300 pingos in Tuktoyaktuk.

To learn more about this project, visit Transport Canada’s website

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