Contour Innovations was founded in early 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a focus to become the number one inland lake fishing data resource.
Contour's offerings are based on a patent pending technology that provides a unique sonar recorder Platform with a wide range of applications for recreational fishermen, research groups, fishing guides, and other geospatial technologies.
After 2 years of development, we’ve created a dynamic web Platform that bridges the gap between the power of on-board marine electronics and the power of the web. The catalyst for this Platform is the CI Device that connects between any existing depth finder and its transducer to "sniff" and record raw sonar files that are matched with their corresponding GPS locations. This data is uploaded to our servers where it is processed and rendered in various online interactive media and coupled with weather data and other conditions. The processed lake data is accessible by the user’s account and displayed in lake shape files. Private information is accessible by the user where he/she can develop trend analysis over the course of the summer, create detailed lake maps, convert collected data into file formats that are compatible with various on-board electronics (create own lake chips), or access data from smart phones through use of a mobile platform.
The CI Platform enables us to launch endless Systems that cater to various interest groups in the recreational fishing industry. The centralized nature of basic lake information gives the community ultimate flexibility in how and when information is accessed and used.
The first System to be launched on top of the CI Platform is the CI Guide System. The CI Guide System allows professional fishing guides to uniformly and securely sell virtual guide services by collecting data using the CI Platform and CI Device. Through the Guide System, we're changed the way fishing guides sell information and add revenue to their business.