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Surveillance technologies have been advancing in leaps and bounds, finding applications in everything from search and rescue operations to surveillance missions and providing invaluable service both here and abroad. Military groups, coastguard services, police forces and antiterrorism groups, be they Japanese, Spanish or American, all need to be able to rely on rugged, high-performance, dependable devices in carrying out their operations.

Beyond all obstacles

Technologies Obzerv inc.'s « technology is the only one with these kind of capabilities; thus becoming of great utility for the rapid identification of a target. »

Incubated by the Quebec National Optics Institute, Technologies Obzerv Inc. was founded in 2002 by Deni Bonnier and Louis Demers, a pair with the flair for marketing breakthrough active imaging technology arising from R&D started in the 1990s at Defence Research and Development Canada (RDDC) in Valcartier. Using this technology, they have been able to design and manufacture an innovative surveillance system that nothing can hinder—neither darkness, rain nor snow.

The ARGC-2400: a breakthrough technologyThe world’s leading manufacturer of far-range night vision laser surveillance cameras, Obzerv today is basking in success. “ We offer a niche product. Our clients all work in security, a ‘top secret’ world with its own set of rules, codes and language,” explained Deni Bonnier, taking great pride in the fact that his company’s technology “is the only one with these kind of capabilities”. Thanks to its unparalleled magnification process, the equipment designed and developed by Obzerv is of great utility for the rapid identification of a target. For example, a maritime officer can spot a ship 4.8 kilometres away in the crosshairs of this device and quickly identify its origin.

Proven superiority

The company reached the point where it needed to harness further opportunities in order to exploit the full market potential of its products in the defence and security sectors, which demand the very highest standards of performance.

Obzerv turned to Canada Economic Development for support in carrying out its commercialization project. This assistance enabled the company to break into Asian and European markets, fill up its order book and increase its sales. This innovative technology firm, which employs 15 people, helps shine the spotlight on the exceptional expertise and know-how developed right here, in the laboratories of Quebec.

The existence and success of Technologies Obzerv Inc. illustrate the key position the National Capital region plays in the world’s highly-competitive optics-photonics sector.