THALES Research & Technology
Thales is a world leader for mission critical information systems, serving Defence, Security, Space, Aerospace and Ground transportation. With a worldwide operation in over 56 countries, it employs 68000 people with 13 Billion of euros in sales and 14,3 Billon euros order intake (2014). Thales dedicates 20 % of its revenue to research and development.
Thales develops its strategic capabilities in component, software and system engineering and architectures through its R&T organization. Thales is confirmed as one of the world's most innovative companies for the second consecutive year, in Thomson Reuters 2013 Top 100 Global Innovators. Its ‘Open research and Open Innovation policy’ relies on a Thales international network of research centres as well as on a long lasting cooperation in research and technology with major and first class worldwide RTOs, academic and governmental institutes. A most recent example of such cooperation with MIT, is the launch of the innovation platform xPlor whose purpose has some similarities with our ambition in this project – by creating 'new streams of value' through the support and bonding of new and especially disruptive technologies from SMEs, academia and industry.
Thales SA is involved in the Platform4CPS project through its corporate research centre, the Thales Research & Technology centre from Palaiseau (France) near Paris, located since 2006 on the campus of the Ecole Polytechnique engineering school, close to CEA. It employs 220 full-time staff, and some 40 doctoral students and 50 outside researchers are present on site. Strong involvement in this project will come from the 'Critical and Embedded Systems' Laboratory, managed by Philippe Bonnot, who works on advanced architectures and development tools for processing solutions in the different application domains of the THALES Group.
Contribution to Platforms4CPS
As the Coordinator of the Platforms4CPS project, THALES will additionally be leading work to enhance the view of the CPS and Industrial IoT landscape, and work to support platform building.
Thales will be drawing on experience from recent workshop discussions and research agenda development (such as Challenges and New Approaches for Dependable and Cyber-Physical System Engineering, ARTEMIS Strategic Research agenda, ARTEMIS-ITEA Common High-level Vision 2030). Guidance will also come from participation in many relevant European projects including: MERgE (ITEA - Multi-Concerns Interactions System Engineering); EuroCPS (European funded project gathering several design centres in order to boost and initiate synergies between innovative companies, major CPS-platforms and CPS-competency providers; CLARITY (responds to a call for Embedded Software and Connected Objects for digital services and investing in the future); ACROSS (ARTEMIS - investigating cross domain platforms for critical systems)
Due to the diversity of CPS application domains addressed by Thales, the definition of transverse platforms is a corporate priority. The tool environment developed under Eclipse, in collaboration with the French SME Obeo, is a typical example of such a platform that will be showcased in the project. This is the result of significant investment over the last 10 years, and cooperation in national and European projects (FP7, ITEA as well as Artemis). Thales is a core member of the 'Smart, Safe and Secure Platform' industrial alliance, aiming at building a consistent European software execution platform for embedded systems.