Seeking technology for geospatial information needs
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a political and military alliance. Its primary goals are the collective defense of its members and the maintenance of democratic peace in the North Atlantic area. NATO brings together 28 member countries from Europe and North America, consulting and cooperating in the fields of security and defense. NATO’s Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) is involved in designing and building cost-effective communication and information systems for the political and military functions of the alliance.
What NATO needed
In its missions, NATO needs to be able to access current and reliable geospatial information. Plus the alliance has to be able to link other data to this information (for example logistics). In addition, the NATO partners want to execute joint missions based on a common operational picture.
To be able to do all these things, NATO commissioned Siemens Enterprise Networks and Esri to develop and implement a new geo information system (GIS).
Core Geographic Services system - fighting - These services are a key building block in support of NATO’s service-oriented architecture. As a result of the Core Geographic Services contract, all staff across NATO would have access to geospatial information at all times. Commanders, analysts and other NATO network users would combine geospatial content from Core Geographic Services with other forms of information for command and control applications.
Implementing Core GIS – a valuable third opinion–CGI, was awarded a contract as NATO´s consulting partner for Core GIS that met all the requirements most satisfactorily, from 2007 to 2012.
Why CGI was selected
CGI has been delivering defense systems for over 37 years. Our secure managed services support operations around the world. 23 NATO headquarters in 14 countries use systems exclusively developed by us for their business, every day, so we have the experience and expertise. Governments, the Ministry of Defence and other defense agencies across Europe have consulted us in their plans to make IT a core part of their organization. We have given solid advice as well by combining our leading security capability with knowledge of complex technical systems implementation.
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