Image of a smartphone being used to collect data with the Coral Platform, in an environmental emergency.

Why is our Platform named Coral?

Discover how the name is related to data collection!

To help you understand why we named it the Coral Platform, you have to learn about its original environment. This story begins in 2009 when Guillaume Nepveu is working on different field data collection operations. Most of the operations he is called upon are environmental emergencies. This brought him on the field data management team, on a particular oil spill. The one which occurred due to the infamous Lac-Megantic train derailment, in 2013. During this specific environmental emergency, the need to modernize field data collection mechanisms became prominent.

The need for an efficient solution

Hence, in 2014, Guillaume founded Chaac Technologies, with the purpose to simplify field data collection. He assembled a small team in Montreal, to develop a new application. This application will cater to the need to modernize field data collection processes in environmental emergencies.

The small team had to find a name for their product before they could think of presenting their application prototype to anyone. That name has to meet a few criteria. For instance, it must:

  • Be easy to pronounce in both English and French
  • Have only two syllables
  • Refer to the environment, the organization’s original field of expertise

And so, the Coral name surfaced during a brainstorm, from the imagination of one of the developers exchanging with the founder. After checking online, Coral was not used by any other app in a similar spectrum. That’s how their application was called Coral!

The founder then notified a few stakeholders from the environmental sector. He announced that Chaac Technologies’ team was working on a solution that might interest them. Its purpose is to simplify field data collection.

Only a few days later, a contact from Environment and Climate Change Canada invites him to present the application’s prototype. Arriving at the meeting, he realized that his audience was bigger than he expected. In fact, a complete environmental emergency response team was there to listen to his presentation. The team agreed that this type of application could be useful in field data collection operations.

A first chance

Suddenly, one of the experts present at the meeting raised an opportunity to test the application. As a matter of fact, the spillage of contaminants emerging from a shipwreck was to be observed in the near future. The young entrepreneur immediately jumped on the occasion.  He was confident that his team could make the application prototype functional for their operation.

‘’So began our most intense development blitz! We needed to make the application functional in time, in order to respond to their needs!’’

– Guillaume Nepveu, Chaac Technologies founder and president.

3 months after creating the company, it’s product is being used by a team on a field data collection operation.  Environment and Climate Change Canada’s team was then able to collect and export their data. That’s how they became the application’s first users. To this day, the organization is still using it! In fact, data from their first collection operation was recently integrated to Coral App’s most recent version, upon their request.

Image illustrating that the Coral Platform can be used to collect data off-line with a smartphone or tablet, the data collected can be synced when connection is available, and users can visualise and export it on the dashboard-type web application.

Much more than a data collector

Today, Coral has become much more than a field data collection application. In 2017, Chaac Technologies’ team developed what is now the Coral Platform. The Coral Platform keeps evolving with the purpose to consolidate all technologies required in field operations. It now features:

  • A field data collection application offered on iOS and Android
  • A dashboard-type web application. Allowing users to:
    • Better prepare field operations
    • Visualize data following operations
    • Export data in various formats
  • A web application allowing users to store, visualize and share drone collected data

In conclusion, we can honestly say that the Coral Platform adapts to it’s user’s needs and the tools they use. The truth is it is still evolving, as a coral ecosystem expands. Also, in the very near future, the Coral Platform will have a new web application feature. One which will allow users to access virtual reality training modules. To better train their workforce, user will be able to:

  • Share specific VR training with selected team members
  • Follow their participant’s progress

We invite you to start using the Coral Platform for free today!

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