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Cassidian’s Homeland Security Expertise and Solutions at MILIPOL 2011

Source : Cassidian. Paris, 19 October 2011.

At the “MILIPOL 2011” security exhibition in Paris, Cassidian presented on its stand an entire range of integrated defence and security solutions for internal State security. In an increasingly open and therefore more vulnerable global environment, Cassidian is today developing tomorrow’s solutions to secure and protect international territories and their citizens.

In a variety of display zones at its stand, Cassidian is presenting its know-how and innovative solutions for integrated homeland security: intelligence and surveillance, command-and-control systems, secure communications, simulation and system integration, border security and cyber security.

To illustrate its technological progress and display its solutions interactively, Cassidian is presenting 3D crisis management and emergency intervention, large event security and advanced cyber security scenarios in its TouchLab.

  • Crisis management and emergency intervention

Today, governments and homeland security authorities face the challenge of protecting their territory and their citizens against increasingly dangerous and severe threats. As a world leader in global security systems and solutions, Cassidian is their partner of confidence in combating all types of aggression that could endanger their territory and the civilian population.

Cassidian experts have been working for decades on solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s threats: terrorist attacks, biological and chemical threats, piracy, etc.

Cassidian in Élancourt -- Cassidian Photo.

Cassidian in Élancourt

In a sustainable, scalable initiative, Cassidian helped to set up the PPSL (Pôle Pilote de Sécurité Locale – Pilot Centre for Urban Security) in partnership with the Élancourt (78) city council and the metropolitan area of Saint-Quentin en Yvelines. The PPSL is a test centre for innovative urban security technology dedicated to the multi-stage assessment of new urban security technologies in real- life conditions: the police-public relationship with the support of new information and communication technologies, the protection of the population, the video protection of towns and the deployment of mobile command resources.

As a systems integrator, Cassidian is working for the PPSL to develop public security solutions based on the requirements expressed by its customers. Among the new solutions on its stand at MILIPOL, Cassidian is presenting a test vehicle which is a real integration platform for new communication and surveillance equipment in an urban environment. In a later phase, this vehicle will enable the new equipment to be tested with the support of the public security forces. With integrated observation sensors including a camera for identifying registration plates, this vehicle has two workstations that can be configured for command-and-control or analysis requirements.

As a major player in the UAS market thanks to its background of key technologies acquired over several decades of designing manned aerial systems, Cassidian also supports surveillance missions in the public security domain. Another exhibit at the Cassidian stand is the short-range unmanned aerial system DRAC (Drone de Renseignement Au Contact), from which the miniature UAV TRACKER – among the most efficient available on the market – is derived.

60 DRAC systems have been delivered to the DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) since 2009, and more than 250 air vehicles will eventually be delivered to the Army. DRAC has been deployed in the Afghan theatre of operations since October 2010, and has earned recognition beyond the borders of France for its performance in the battlefield. Today, other systems have been sold on export markets or demonstrations are in progress.

In a different class of unmanned aerial systems, Cassidian is also offering the prototype of a new generation of VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) UAVs. This project was born of a Research & Development study conducted by Cassidian and EADS Innovation Works, and made its first flight in December 2010. Since then, 25 further flights have been performed with success in the skies over France and Sweden. This highly versatile system can be adapted equally well for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions as for civil applications.

In January 2011, this VTOL carried out a full system demonstration with an HD data link, providing HD images in real time. Having designed the system in close cooperation with potential customers in order to best meet their needs, the engineers from Cassidian and Innovation Works continued their efforts and succeeded in performing the first system dieselisation test when the first air vehicle fitted with a diesel engine made its maiden flight in June 2011. This makes it the very first UAS to be powered by a diesel engine, which supplements its excellent operational ground and all-terrain landing capabilities by making it a ‘must-have’ for army, navy and civil units.

Among other solutions for crisis situations and emergency intervention, Cassidian is presenting products based on the three digital radio communication standards TETRAPOL, TETRA and P25 at MILIPOL. These enable professional security organisations to communicate efficiently with one another and to exchange data with complete reliability and confidentiality in their everyday missions during the course of large events or after major disasters.[1] The only manufacturer in the world to develop radio communication networks based on these three standards, Cassidian is the uncontested leader in secure radio communication networks with190 networks deployed in 67 countries.

Given that the protection of civilians is becoming more and more difficult in view of CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive) attacks, which are among the greatest threats to the Western world today, Cassidian has developed ULIS (Unattended Luggage Inspection System), a new technology that is able to detect and identify chemical products, nuclear and biological threats, explosives and illicit substances.

This easy-to-use system comes in the shape of a compact, portable suitcase and makes it possible to detect threats and illicit materials that could be hidden in luggage or any other type of mobile container. Because it takes up so little space, it is able to operate in high-risk public places such as airports, trains or underground railway systems. The unattended luggage inspection system ULIS thus helps put an end to false security alarms.

When in operation, the ULIS suitcase is placed beside the suspect object (abandoned luggage, for instance) and activated from a safe distance of 10 to 30 metres. Thanks to its neutron interrogation solution, ULIS reliably detects and identifies explosives, chemical products, nuclear and radioactive substances – all without an intrusive inspection.

At its MILIPOL stand, Cassidian is presenting the DETECBIO solution for which it was chosen by the DGA to be prime contractor in the major French CBRNE programme.

Based on the Biodesys solution, DETECBIO is a system for detecting and identifying biological agents in the air in order to protect deployed forces and critical sites. The system consists of a network of environmental monitoring sensors, means of identifying biological agents, and an information and supervision system that can protect people and increase operational capacity on the deployment site in the event of a biological attack.

Besides its development and solution integration expertise, Cassidian offers its customers training, advice and support through CASSIDIAN Aviation Training Services (CATS) for the duration of their long-term operations. Cassidian is also the first operator of outsourced training facilities for military pilots in France, providing aerial systems for flight instruction and ground training of the Armed Forces. Cassidian thus hosts hundreds of trainee pilots at its technical training sessions, and provides the French Air Force with new-generation aircraft and flight simulators which have clocked up 100,000 flight hours and 25,000 simulator hours respectively.

At its System Design Centre, Cassidian has a team of highly qualified defence and security experts who specialise in defining customer requirements and in evolving concepts and operational scenarios. These experts are integrated right from the project inception phase. This team of international experts give support in all strategic activities through a dedicated unit known as OCS (Operational Consulting & Services).

  • Large event security

On the basis of its expertise in numerous domains such as sensors, radars and unmanned aerial systems, Cassidian offers solutions to ensure the security of large events and protect the millions of civilians who attend these events. Thanks to the interaction of all its global and interconnectable solutions, Cassidian was thus able to secure the G8 summit in Deauville, one of the most sensitive world events, in May this year.

One such solution to be presented at MILIPOL is SAMSARA® (Système Aérien Multi senseur de Surveillance d’Analyse et de Reconnaissance Autonome – autonomous multi-sensor aerial surveillance, analysis and reconnaissance system). This is a complete command-and-control mission management system designed to provide light aircraft or mission helicopters with real-time information about the zone under observation. In emergency situations or at large conventions, its collection of information permits perfect coordination of the security services’ operational activities.

SAMSARA® features latest-generation sensors for comprehensive surveillance missions and can thus provide the customs, police, fire-fighters and coastguard with the information they need to combat illegal activities or to ward off imminent disasters, for example. SAMSARA® can be adapted to any type of aircraft. It is already mounted in F406 and Beechcraft 350 aircraft, and will soon be in service on EC 135 and AS 355 helicopters.

The French Customs authorities have chosen SAMSARA® to give their fleet a leading-edge maritime surveillance system.

Also on display at MILIPOL is SPEXER™ 1000, a security radar for surveillance of critical infrastructures such as oil fields, power plants, harbors, airports or military camps With an instrumented range from 0.1 to 18 km and an extremely high update rate it is able to detect suspicious movements in all weather conditions at a very early stage. Thus, SPEXER™ 1000 gives police or security forces additional reaction time in order to deal with illegal intruders.

Harfang, a MALE (medium-altitude, long-endurance) unmanned aerial vehicle developed for the Air Force, is a further Cassidian exhibit at MILIPOL. Tried-and-tested through battlefield deployments outside French territory, particularly Operation Pamir in Afghanistan since 2009 and Operation Harmattan in Libya since August 2011, Harfang has also won recognition for homeland operations. In May, Harfang was deployed over Deauville to ensure the security of the 37th G8 summit in France.

Harfang thus contributed to the global security of the event, helping to protect the 7,300 invited guests, who included politicians and journalists, as well as the local residents.

As a major player in defence and security systems, Cassidian uses its expertise on integrated systems to protect armed forces in operation, critical sites, natural resources, large events and entire populations against CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive) attacks.

  • Advanced cyber security

Since 2009, Cassidian has been at the leading edge of IT developments and new solutions to counter threats from the Internet. As part of its major restructuring measures in August 2011, Cassidian set up a new unit devoted entirely to cyber security, Cassidian Cyber Security. With more than 300 IT security experts based primarily in France, Germany and the UK, Cassidian Cyber Security develops the dynamic solutions needed to counter today’s threats and anticipate tomorrow’s.

At MILIPOL, using a simulated scenario of a cyber attack on an oil rig, Cassidian presents its innovative cyber security solutions for protecting the site and warding off the threat. A new demonstration of the CYMERIUS® system for monitoring and controlling cyber attacks will also be presented at MILIPOL.

Highly adaptable to structures of any kind, CYMERIUS® is an innovative system for monitoring and controlling cyber attacks, collecting information at a central location and alerting each player involved so that they can respond to any invasion at extremely short notice. This decision-based approach to security and its categorisation of incidents provides unique proactive support for decision-makers.

Based on sophisticated encryption technology, ECTOCRYP® IP is the only solution to allow real-time transmission of large data quantities in a totally secure environment to meet the needs of civil, military and government forces.

It is already in service with the law and order forces in the UK, and in September Cassidian signed a contract with EMIRAJE Systems L.L.C. for the provision of ECTOCRYP® IP encryption devices to the Middle East. The ECTOCRYP® IP solution was chosen from among a large number of products primarily because it enables remote updating of devices via its software interfaces, which are controlled by cryptography experts in the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates.

Cyber threat visualisation during the inauguration of the Cyber Operations Centre of Excellence at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi -- Cassidian Photo.

Cyber threat visualisation during the inauguration of the Cyber Operations Centre of Excellence at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi

The SECCOM® Secure Exchange Gateway, a flexible solution for the exchange of secure data between different information spaces with specific security requirements, was specially developed by Cassidian for high-security domains. With the help of filters, this solution verifies and validates the transfer of information from one security domain to another. It thus implements and controls a predefined security policy for the exchange of data between separate domains.

In November 2010, SECCOM® Secure Exchange Gateway was the first product in the world to gain distinction as a “NCOIC (Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium) certified Building Block”, the objective of which is to guarantee the integrity of data transfer between networks with different security levels.

Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2010, Cassidian – with around 28,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.9 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 121,000.

[1] Cassidian, an EADS company, quickly responded to multiple requests for increased mission critical communications capacity in the aftermath of a 6.3 earthquake that hit the country of New Zealand on February 22, 2011. The powerful earthquake struck near Christchurch – the country's second largest city with a population of 386,000 – taking out buildings and power lines, and interrupting both landline and cellular networks.


  • Nelly Tartivel : Nelly.Tartivel@cassidian.com -- Tel.: +33 (0) 1 61 38 70 60    
  • Alain Dupiech : Alain.Dupiech@cassidian.com -- Tel.: +33 (0) 1 61 38 68 77

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).