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Atos, French Ministry of Defence Extends Support to Operation Sentinelle with Auxylium

Auxylium – the armed forces’ information, control and communication system for homeland operations

Atos extends its contract for 18 months to support Auxylium, the information, control and communication solution used by the French Armed Forces for domestic operations, co-developed by Atos and the French Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Atos logoSelected by the Armed Forces to be used as part of Operation Sentinelle, Auxylium aims to offset the risk of civilian and military mobile telephone networks becoming overloaded in operational emergencies.

This encrypted and reliable communication solution also ensures the smooth running of operational command. This project is part of a major digital transformation for the French Ministry of Defence.

This renewed contract reflects the relationship of trust between Atos and the MoD, established in 2013. The Auxylium solution is the result of a unique co-innovation process and a successful industrialisation phase, completed in record time for the opening of the Euro 2016. Since then, Auxylium has equipped and supported the Operation Sentinelle forces on the ground.

Auxylium – technology and innovation tailored for ground operations:

  • A tactical and ultra-secure smartphone: based on the technological blocks developed by the experts in the Atos Hoox team, with a tailored version of Android, the smartphone is optimised ergonomically, has a lighter weight and a reduced energy consumption;

o   Complete redesign of the Android operating system for native security (security add-on module developed by Atos)

o   Full safe-start (Boot)

o   Protected device and Secure access to IT

  • Applications tailored for threats and use on the ground, such as the “digital wall” which has tactical orders and geolocalized imaging of events on maps or satellite photos, the “Push-To-Talk multicast”, a unique service for encoded dynamic conferencing or even voice synthesis to reduce the need to look at the screen;
  • Constant availability with the remote “Helium” radio module which balances the network: communication automatically and securely switches to the highest available bandwidth, whether it is on the military or civilian 4G network.

o   An electronic card developed by Atos is at the core of the Helium module system

o   Energy and radio links are also managed by Atos’ technologies

Drone management planned in the next version

The next version, scheduled for the end of the year, is planned to include new innovations such as geomatic stations allowing maximum geographical data to be integrated, and even the management of connected devices such as drones.

Commenting on the collaboration between Atos and the MoD, Captain Jean-Baptiste Colas, Officer of the Homeland Programme, said, “This project with Atos has been an amazing human adventure and it illustrates the extraordinary ability of the French industry to innovate in order to respond to today’s challenges.”

“Atos is proud to have contributed to this exceptional project, devoted to innovation and operational excellence. All of our teams are ready and working together to respond to this difficult and nationally-significant challenge, serving our citizens,” added Jean-Marie Simon, Chief Executive of Atos in France.

Its mobile resilience and high-speed capabilities, combined with a high level of security enables Auxylium to be positioned already as a key solution for homeland security, local civilian security and the protection of at-risk industrial businesses as identified by the States (Opérateurs d’Importance Vitale).

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