“Sagem Défense Sécurité and Atos Origin complete French Air Force’s SICOPS deployment for DGA”
Paris, 19 December 2006
Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) and Atos Origin have delivered the last of the 27 SICOPSs (Information and Communication System for air base Operations) for French Air Force bases, marking the program's completion.
Awarded in January 2001 by France's defense procurement agency (DGA) to the Sagem Défense Sécurité – Atos Origin joint venture, the SICOPS program provides for equipping 24 fixed bases and 3 mobile units for overseas operations.
Since the receipt in December 2004 of the first SICOPS at the Mont-de-Marsan air base, the program has continued on schedule at the rate of one SICOPS deployed at one base per month. The installation of SICOPS at the Saint-Dizier air base was carried out at the same time the French Air Force's first squadron of Rafale fighter planes arrived at the base.
SICOPS manages and transmits all the data used in operating an air base: planning and managing missions and resources (aircraft, personnel and cargo), following up on the operational status of aircraft, drawing up summary reports and occupying aerial zones.
As the first step in deploying the Air Force's secure Intranet, SICOPS contains open and secure architecture. The system's scalability The program involved training 800 members of the military, installing 1500 workstations and 24 telecommunications networks, which contain 250km of fiber optics, 1500 access points and 750 Ethernet switches.
The DGA, Sagem Défense Sécurité, Atos Origin and the French Air Force put together an integrated team to ensure optimal program management. With SICOPS, Sagem Défense Sécurité's and Atos Origin have demonstrated their know-how in running defense information-system programs.
About Sagem Défense Sécurité
Sagem Défense Securité is a high-technology company in the SAFRAN Group. As a leading European defense and security electronics company in Europe, its business covers three main fields: navigation and aeronautics systems, where it is the world leader in helicopter flight control; optronics and air-land systems, where it is the European leader in surveillance and fire-control optronics; and the field of security, where it is the world leader in fingerprint-based biometrics.
Its equipment and integrated systems are used worldwide, helping to ensure air transport safety, secure data transmission, personal security and governmental defense capabilities at the highest level. Through the SAFRAN Group, Sagem Défense Sécurité is present on all continents.
For further information: www.sagem-ds.com
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5.5 billion and it employs over 47,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors.
Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.