28 Dec Defense agencies and uniformed services require IT
Solutions for drones, an innovative system for forecasting migratory movements, and the conquest of space – we talk to Zdzisław Wiater, Deputy Director of the Public Administration Division in Asseco Poland.
Among a host of other segments, Asseco Poland also provides services for defense agencies and uniformed services. What are your plans regarding this sector in the upcoming year?
We keep developing our competences in four key areas within the local market – those are cybersecurity, unmanned systems, image analysis, and satellite systems. In 2016, we cooperated with the Ministry of Digital Affairs on the Cyber Security Strategy for Poland. We are the only Polish company with a team of experts working in the security sector for the past 15 years, creating software not only for Polish agencies, but also for NATO and EU agencies, such as ESA and FRONTEX. Regarding the latter, we are actually their major provider of services and solutions. We plan to further develop our collaboration in 2017.
You are also a service provider for the European Space Agency for the past 2 years. Is it a cooperation you are looking to extend?
Yes, we will concentrate on areas related to the so-called ground segment. It is comprised of all the elements related to the preparation of a space mission, equipment testing, software, simulations, management of orbiting satellites, and the collection and processing of data. We view this as an essential area, because this knowledge could potentially be used in Poland – for example during a possible launch of a Polish satellite for optoelectronic Earth observation.
Returning to more ‘down-to-earth’ issues, modern technologies are reportedly to be deployed to help solve the problem of the incoming wave of immigrants.
In 2017 we will take part in a tender for an innovative system for forecasting migratory movements to Europe. Using satellite technologies and large data sets (Big Data) we are working to develop a method for predicting the movements of large groups of people. We also aim to simultaneously develop our competences in using satellite data to meet the requirements of domestic and foreign agencies.
A few months ago Asseco informed about its work within the unmanned platforms segment, i.e. drones – what are you working on?
We’re working on a research project for the European Defence Agency. It is desgined to test takeoff and landing procedures, as well as handling emergency situations facing unmanned platforms. It will enter a crucial implementation phase.
What is the purpose of this project?
Introducing such platforms in civilian air traffic. Wider use of unmanned aerial vehicles is one of the major trends for the coming years that Asseco Poland will focus on. We strive to ensure that our solutions are compatible with as many platforms as possible, but at the same time we will also develop competences in the antidrone area.
What kind of solutions do you have in mind?
First and foremost, systems and solutions to protect critical infrastructure from the threat posed by unmanned aerial vehicles.
And what are your NATO projects?
In 2016 Asseco Poland checked and improved the code used in NATO systems. Again, this is an area where we are the only Polish company performing this type of work. In the upcoming year we plan to participate in tenders for the implementation of IT systems which are produced by the NCIA and are catering to the requirements of the entire NATO alliance.