There’s a new industry emerging in Saskatchewan centred on Big Data.
Mining of information is growing increasingly valuable in a world where information and knowledge are growing exponentially. A leader in that game is Regina-based ISM.
Housed at the Regina Research Park, it’s a division of IBM and has access to tools such as Watson, the computer that became famous on Jeopardy.
ISM’s inquiries cover a wide range of topics including things such as environmental events such as floods but it is is evolving a speciality in the area of social innovation, tapping into the mountains of information to help formulate public policy.
The latest development is a contract through the University of Regina which has been commissioned by the RCMP to look into the incidence of PTSD among its members. The company has developed a novel system incorporating data gathering through smart phones and watches as well as a special vest and questionnaires.
A small Regina firm pioneering reading of the vest information has also been brought into the project, adding a unique economic development component to the research angle.