Dublin cloud firm Decisions wins contract with Canadian provincial government

14 Jun 2013

Dublin company Decisions (D4H) has secured a five-year contract with the Government of Alberta, Canada, to provide its software for emergency services to 40 search-and-rescue teams in the province.

Details of the contract were announced earlier this week during an Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Western Canada, which was organised with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Embassy of Ireland to Canada.

D4H (Decisions for Heroes) was one of 15 Irish companies that took part in this week’s trade mission, which was led by Ireland’s Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello, TD.

Founded by Robin Blandford in 2008, D4H has pioneered software for emergency services to help them capture the information surrounding their rescue operations and training exercises in order to save more lives.

In Alberta, D4H’s software will be used by to 40 search-and-rescue (SAR) teams.

These SAR teams serve a population of almost 4m people across a landmass more than seven times the size of Ireland.

The software will be used by the SAR teams to manage their incidents, personnel and equipment and to submit reports to Alberta’s provincial government in order to create shared statistics.

“We are excited to begin the implementation of the software across all the Canadian search-and-rescue teams in Alberta,” said Blandford, who is now CEO at D4H. “We feel the software will greatly enhance the critical work they are doing.”

D4H has already expanded into 11 countries around the globe, with its technology being used by emergency services in industries such as mining, maritime, petrochemical and public safety.

In Ireland, the company’s clients include the Irish Coast Guard and Irish Water Safety.

Ross O’Colmain, who heads up Enterprise Ireland’s office in Toronto, said the agreement between D4H and the Government of Alberta demonstrates the opportunities that exist for innovative Irish companies around the world.

Emergency response image via Dave Weaver/Shutterstock

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic