Thales and Atos create the European champion of big data and artificial intelligence for defense and security

Paris, May 27, 2021 – Atos and Thales announce the creation of Athea, a joint venture that will develop a sovereign big data and artificial intelligence platform for public and private sector actors in the defense, intelligence and internal security communities of the State. Athea will rely on the experience acquired by the two companies during the demonstration phase of the ARTEMIS program, the big data platform of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces. The contract for the optimization and preparation of the large-scale deployment of the ARTEMIS platform was also awarded jointly to the two managers by the French Defense Procurement Agency on April 30, 2021. The new joint venture will initially be used the French market before approaching the European markets. requirements at a later date.

With the exponential increase in the number of information sources and the increased pressure to respond more quickly to potential problems, state agencies must manage ever greater volumes of heterogeneous data and accelerate the development of new AI applications where security and sovereignty are essential. Athea will create a solution to securely manage sensitive data nationwide and support the implementation of this solution in government programs. The new entity will also provide expertise, consulting, training and other services.

The joint venture will pool investments, expertise and business experience to respond quickly and effectively to the demand for innovation. Athea will work with an ecosystem of large companies, SMEs, start-ups and research institutes specializing in big data and artificial intelligence. In collaboration with the recently created Digital Defense Agency, the joint entity will also provide secure solutions and open and modular technological bricks, which encourage collaboration and stimulate the industrial and sovereign ecosystem, in order to support the development of applications. of confidence.

This joint venture between Thales and Atos illustrates the commitment of our two companies to supporting the digital transformation of our customers by offering a secure and innovative solution based on French technology to process huge volumes of heterogeneous data. Together, we will capitalize on our respective areas of expertise to provide the best big data and artificial intelligence solutions. ” mentionned Marc Darmon, Executive Vice President, Communications and Secure Information Systems, Thales.

Sensitive data capacities have become a matter of sovereignty for state agencies. By combining the expertise of two major players in defense and digital technologies with the flexibility of a dedicated entity, Athea will generate enormous potential for innovation, and stimulate the industrial and defense ecosystem, including start-ups. up innovative, to meet the needs of government agencies. and other industry players. This new joint venture between Atos and Thales is an opportunity to combine a global understanding of the defense and security challenges facing European states with access to the latest innovations in big data and artificial intelligence.” mentionned Pierre Barnabé, Senior Executive Vice President, Big Data and Cybersecurity, Atos.


About Atos

Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 105,000 employees and annual revenue of over 11 billion euros. European leader in cybersecurity, cloud and high performance computing, the Group offers tailor-made end-to-end solutions for all industries in 71 countries. A pioneer in decarbonization services and products, Atos is committed to secure and carbon-free digital for its customers. Atos operates under the Atos and Atos brands | Syntel. Atos is an SE (Societas Europaea), listed on the CAC40 Paris stock market index.

the Atos goal is to help shape the future of the information space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, education and research in a multicultural approach and contribute to the development of scientific and technological excellence. All over the world, the Group enables its customers and employees, as well as members of companies in the broad sense, to live, work and develop sustainably, in a safe and secure information space.

Atos press contact

Lucie Duchateau | [email protected] | +33 (0) 7 62 85 35 10

About Thales

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a world leader in high technology investing in digital and deep tech innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum technology – to build a future in which we can all do trust, which is vital for the development of our societies. The company offers solutions, services and products that help its customers – businesses, organizations and states – in the defense, aeronautics, space, transportation and digital identity and security to fulfill their critical missions, by placing people at the heart of the decision-making process. manufacturing process.
Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2020, Thales achieved a turnover of 17 billion euros.

Thales press contact

Constance Arnoux | [email protected] | +33 (0) 6 89 41 64 05


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