And now for a a different kind of data-mining ...
A Canadian firm that develops computerized healthcare information and training technology has purchased a data-mining company based in the United Kingdom, but the buyer isn’t getting what a healthcare IT aficionado might think.
CAE of Montreal makes robotic simulators for surgical training in healthcare, as well as flight simulators for pilot training and simulation technology to help national security authorities assess and respond to various threats.
In announcing it had acquired the Datamine Group, CAE said in a news statement the new acquisition fits into its long-term strategy to leverage the company’s modeling, simulation and training capabilities in new industries: healthcare, energy and mining. Yes, that’s right, mining—as in digging ore from the ground, not finding nuggets of meaning in databases stuffed with electronic medical records.
Datamine’s software, in fact, keeps geological data in an orderly fash-- ion and helps companies design and run hard rock mines.
Nick Leontidis, CAE’s executive vice president of strategy and business development, said it plans to introduce simulators to mine planning, scheduling and training.
“As with our healthcare and energy initiatives,” he said, “these are early days, but we are convinced that we can develop a meaningful position in these areas over the long term.”
We never knew data-mining required hard hats.