FACTS™

FACTS™ Background

The Company Behind FACTS™

Electric Edge Systems Group Inc. is the company behind FACTS™. We have over a decade of fisheries management system experience working for the Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada. Since 2005 we've been an integral part of all systems that support the BC Groundfish fisheries. The BC Groundfish fisheries are an excellent example of sophisticated monitoring programs used in support of an individual transferable quota (ITQ) management plan. Electric Edge’s experience with the DFO includes design, development and maintenance of the major software applications that support the British Columbia groundfish fisheries.

For more information about our work with the DFO, may we suggest you have a look at the two project profile documents available on our documents page.

Why We Built FACTS™

In short - to support sustainable fisheries through better data.

Our experience with the DFO showed a clear need for better data collection and management systems. We were utilized by the DFO to create and upgrade data management systems, but most of the data was still being collected on paper and then manually data entered. Time and time again we saw issues that cropped up due to the data collection side of the equation and this was mainly because there was no validation possible on a paper form - followed closely by time lags from data collection to data entry, and finally to the ability to report that data to all stakeholders (as opposed to just the government). Clearly time delays and the need to back track to correct data recorded on paper was a potential waste of time and resources; making in-season stock assessment decisions quite difficult.

We also saw many fisheries building their own systems to attempt to rectify the above issues. Those systems were taking years to build and implement and cost hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to complete.

It was clear to us there was both a far better and cost effective way to meet the needs of fisheries across the globe. A system that validated data as it was collected and reported it as soon as it was submitted - all with an audit trail of revisions made to any data set that was part of the trip. This system would provide a complete electronic version of fishing trips, help with scheduling of service provider functions in the fishery, all while being flexible and scalable.

So in 2008 we decided that as professional programmers with a great deal of fisheries expertise we were in the unique position to solve these problems. In April of 2010 we launched the predeccesor to FACTS™ named EasyHails™ in some of the BC groundfish fisheries. That launch was closely followed in May 2010 with EasyHails™ being launched in several sectors in the Northeast US Multispecies Groundfish fishery (where it started being enhanced to include landed catch and quota management modules).