The local government body responsible for the French port city Le Havre – the Communauté De l’Agglomération Havraise (CODAH) – has been awarded the “Trophée de la Collectivité Locale” of “Social Resilience” by the French Committee for Civil Defense (HCFDC).
The prize recognizes exceptional crisis management planning and preparation work at local government level and is presented by French officials from across the public and private sectors. This nationwide competition is held every two years to reward societal resilience initiatives in the fields of security, crisis management, public safety and continuity of service within the context of major risks and threats.
As part of an ongoing training process, the local government authorities in Le Havre use MASA Group’s Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based simulation system, SWORD, within its civil security/crisis preparedness platform. SWORD has been in service in Le Havre since 2009 and is deployed during three two-day exercises which are held each year. Each course is typically attended by up to 15 representatives responsible for crisis management from industry, government, the emergency services and the harbor authority.
The principal French authority responsible for civil defense has used MASA’s market-leading crisis management simulation software to conduct a critical training exercise in order to enhance the capital city’s potential response to persistent and violent flooding.
Paris, France: An estimated 500 representatives from 15 French companies took part in a two-day training exercise based on the occurrence of two weeks’ of major flooding in the streets of Paris. Organized by the French High Committee for Civil Defense (HCFDC), the hypothetical event was recreated using SWORD, MASA’s automated simulation solution for emergency preparedness and planning.
Staged on 29-30 September, the exercise was based on the catastrophic 1910 Great Flood of Paris, during which the Seine rose eight meters above its usual seasonal level. It precisely simulated the flow of water and the impact of rising flood levels on the city’s infrastructure, while testing the participants’ reactions and response. The group included representatives from leading energy and water providers, television networks, telecommunication companies and public transport operatives. They were joined by envoys of Paris City Hall and the “Secrétariat Général de la Zone de Défense et de Sécurité de Paris” (General Secretariat for the Defense and Security of Paris), which is responsible for the city’s crisis management.
MASA Group’s long-term military customer, the French Army has acquired a global license for the company’s SWORD constructive training system. Initially selecting SWORD in 2002, this recent agreement follows many years of collaboration between MASA, the French procurement agency (DGA) and the French Land Forces. SWORD provides training for SOULT (the simulation program for Combined Forces and Ground Logistics Units’ Operations), for the operational training of Combined Forces at divisional, brigade, and battle group command post levels. Download the related PDF
French Army refreshes command training with SWORD:
The French Army has acquired a global licence for MASA Group’s SWORD command and staff training software to replace or upgrade its existing simulation systems in a contract worth more than EUR6 million (USD6.7 million).
Following 12 years of successful collaboration, the French Armed Forces have expanded their use of MASA’s flagship constructive simulation software, SWORD, through the acquisition of a global license
Paris, France – MASA Group’s long-term military customer, the French Army, is leading the way in the preparation for operational engagement through simulation with the acquisition of a global license for MASA’s internationally renowned SWORD automated war-game. Having originally identified SWORD’s underlying technology as a pioneering tool for cost-effective, time-efficient training in 2002, this recent, significant agreement follows many years of solid collaboration between MASA, the French procurement agency (DGA) and the French Land Forces. SWORD provides an immediate solution to SOULT (the simulation program for Combined Forces and Ground Logistics Units’ Operations), for the operational preparation of Combined Forces at division, brigade, and battle group command posts.
Training & Simulation Forum published an in-depth interview from Juan-Pablo Torres, MASA Group’s CEO & President.
« One of the great pleasures of working in the training and simulation community is the opportunity to meet and talk with innovative, motivated and successful people – and the companies they work in or manage. Having met Juan-Pablo Torres several times over the last five years, we recently had an in-depth interview with him, trying to determine what makes MASA Group different and successful. »
Caroline Chopinaud and Yann Prudent from MASA have been interviewed on the implementation of Artificial Intelligence in the latest publication of Cap Digital (a French business cluster for digital content and services). Dedicated to Artificial Intelligence, you can read the complete Lettre de veille prospective #30here (only available in French).
The latest version of MASA Group’s automated wargame solution for training or decision-support, MASA SWORD, will be unveiled at ITEC 2015. The company’s reputation for providing cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based technology is further boosted by new customers in both the defense and the civil security sector.
With customers in 15 countries around the world, SWORD is rightly recognized as the world’s leading wargame with automated forces. The company has recently taken this capability a step further with the release of SWORD version 6.0. The range of new features included in this latest version is the result of a strong internal Research and Development effort that has been driven by a particularly close relationship with MASA’s growing customer base. SWORD v6 will be showcased for the first time at the ITEC exhibition and conference in Prague from 28-30 April 2015.