CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA). The contract sits under ESA’s ARTES Core Competitiveness programme, led by the Telecommunications and Integrated Applications Directorate, with the support of the UK Space Agency. CGI will develop a dynamic predictive routing (DPR) tool, improving routing protocols for complex network topologies such as those found within low Earth orbit or hybrid low Earth orbit/medium Earth orbit/geostationary Earth orbit (LEO/MEO/GEO) satellite constellations, enabling operators to be more efficient whilst improving service to customers.
DPR supports the increased need to equip satellite networks with software defined networking (SDN) to deliver simplified management, better end-to-end network automation support and the streamlined delivery of network services. It will improve SDN solutions to help network operators successfully adopt IP services in meshed networks in the space and ground segments. DPR will support satellite network operators in planning network efficiency, reducing latency and increasing network throughput.
CGI is partnering with TESAT-Spacecom, a market leader in the field of telecommunication payloads and laser communications, to develop this project. The DPR project builds on CGI’s end-to-end artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator platform, called CGI AccelerateAI360, along with a series of solutions for the global satellite communications marketplace which form the CGI Autonomous Satcom Solutions (AUTSS) programme.
Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications Directorate at the European Space Agency, said: "It's a pleasure to work with our long-standing partner CGI on another innovative project within the ARTES Core Competitiveness programme, with the support of the UK Space Agency. This project is another example of how Europe is staying at the forefront of technological development, providing for our ESA Member States and their citizens."
Jaime Reed, Vice President for CGI’s UK and Australia Space Data Platforms and Applications, said: “Dynamic predictive routing will enable satellite network operators to make use of machine learning (ML) and AI to enhance their complex route planning. We are combining our AI and ML expertise, with our heritage in satellite planning for mega constellations, to deliver a platform that enables satcom providers to identify innovative ways to be more efficient and effective.”
For more than 40 years, CGI has delivered complex, mission-critical space software systems for clients across Europe, Australia, Asia and North America, from supporting satellite navigation, communications and operations, to space-enabled applications.
Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent IT and business consulting services firms in the world. With 88,500 consultants and professionals across the globe, CGI delivers an end-to-end portfolio of capabilities, from strategic IT and business consulting to systems integration, managed IT and business process services and intellectual property solutions. CGI works with clients through a local relationship model complemented by a global delivery network that helps clients digitally transform their organizations and accelerate results. CGI Fiscal 2021 reported revenue is $12.13 billion and CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Learn more at cgi.com.
About ESA’s ARTES Core Competitiveness programme
ESA’s ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems) programme is unique in Europe and aims to support the competitiveness of European and Canadian industry on the world market. Core Competitiveness is dedicated to the development, qualification and demonstration of products (“Competitiveness and Growth”), or long-term technology development (“Advanced Technology”). Products in this context can be equipment for the platform or payload of a satellite, a user terminal, or a full telecom system integrating a network with its space segment.
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