RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
We utilize the latest technology and software to explore and develop innovative solutions for the Royal Canadian Air Force
Check out some of the exciting projects we've worked on.
Pulse was an attempt to modernize the Canadian Beacon Registry Verification (CBRV) system by moving it to the cloud and automating tedious processes. Pulse receives and parses a SIT message, extracts and decodes the beacon hexcode, and searches for the beacon’s owner in the Canadian Beacon Registry (CBR) and the Transport Canada (TC) databases. If an owner is found, they can be notified by email that their test has been received.
HUD is a cloud-based link sharing platform for links to teams’ digital tools, frequently visited websites and anything else on the internet that might be easily lost in email chains, slack messages etc. The idea for HUD came from the assumption that due to an increasing need to use online tools for team productivity while working from home, teams would be overwhelmed and need a way to organize these tools. HUD allows users to invite members to their HUD, where they are then able to add, edit and delete links for the entire team.
Passports is an application that allows clerks to manage all things passports through a single app which streamlines the workflow for creating tasking packages, handling visa applications, and managing expiring passports. Previously, creating a tasking package (a collection of passports) required a significant amount of manual data entry and back-and-forth communication to obtain all necessary information. The passports application condenses all of the information, having all relevant information readily available in a single location.
FinTrax is a native iOS app that was developed to minimize the administrative burden connected to completing financial documents on a per flight basis. Basecamps revealed that the old model of completing these forms was highly inefficient and was reducing employee satisfaction and thus retention rates. Fintrax solved this problem and more, by providing a simple, digitized, and more intuitive process for completing and tracking financial information.
Dispatch is a cloud-based mission-planning platform for air mobility. This app helps to plan operations such as aircraft handling, fueling, customs, itineraries, and crew lists. Previously, this was all done on an Access database that was buggy, unmaintained, and had a long learning time. Now with Dispatch, the process is streamlined and digitized to reduce duplicate effort, save resources, and increase employee satisfaction.
Rise is a cloud-based RCAF-wide innovation platform. The vision of Rise is to create a space for Air Force members to be able to build connections, conversation, and collaborate to foster innovation. We want to empower the core stakeholders to have discussions independent of rank. This platform was designed to be mobile first to encourage users to be constantly engaged and showcased The Flight Deck's ability to deploy a software solution within three weeks.
CURRENT PROJECT: COVID CTRL
The current project the Flight Deck is working on is an application called COVID CTRL. This application acts as a decision making tool to be used while planning missions by assessing the risk of acquiring COVID-19 in any location. This tool provides users with the point prevalence relative to the chosen location, also known as the proportion of individuals in the chosen location’s population infected with COVID-19, and subsequent quarantine and testing recommendations based on the mission acceptable risk, the size of your group, and the point prevalence. In collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Canada, this user-friendly tool serves as a one-stop shop for COVID-19 location or point prevalence-related risk assessment.