Consortium of 9 Companies Wins French Government’s Technology Competition
Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Comments

In early 2019, the French Defense Innovation Agency (AID) launched the PRODEF challenge with the support of the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA), the French government defense procurement and technology agency. The challenge was launched in order to enable French subject matter experts (SMEs) to propose innovative technology solutions to the challenges faced by the Ministry of the Armed forces in their mission to protect and defend air bases.

The successful proposition was put forward by a consortium of nine French SMEs and is built around digital transformation, use of the latest innovative technology and agility of the global solution and organization.

The companies involved are 4G Technology, specializing in mobile autonomous intelligent protection devices; Etelm, specializing in 4G radio infrastructure; Halys, specializing in Long Term Evolution (LTE) evolved packet core (EPC) and subscriber identity module (SIM) cards; Diginext, specializing in hypervisor 2D/3D/4D; Drone Protect System, specializing in autonomous surveillance drones; Sorhea - Vitaprotech group, specializing in perimeter intrusion detection; CINES, specializing in cybersecurity; CERBAIR, specializing in drone detection; and MENTOR CONSULTANT, specializing in technical and industrial architecture.

The general concept of the solution is based on a secure radio communications network, covering a permanent or temporary airbase or an unexpected incident or crisis site. This is powered by a set of advanced autonomous sensors that can be deployed quickly. The radio communications network works in tandem with an advanced decision support application that filters, merges and enables intuitive visualization in 2D, 3D or 4D of the mass of information collected while providing advanced capabilities for conducting field operations.

The foundation of the technical solution is a private broadband multimedia radio network, based on standardized 4G LTE technology, corresponding to the future generation of professional mobile networks (PMR) used today by the security forces and relief organizations for their mission-critical communications, the critical national infrastructure (CNI) and the defense.

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