Everyone at MASA would like to thank all the visitors to our booth at I/ITSEC. We were delighted to have the opportunity to present and demonstrate our products to such a knowledgeable and appreciative audience!
See you all with new product features and news at ITEC in May 2016!
MASA Group’s attendance at this year’s International, Inter-service Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Florida, from 30 November – 3 December 2015, is noticeable by a series of contract successes over the past 12 months and the release of the latest version of its world-beating SWORD wargame with automated forces.
Paris, France: First deployed in 2006, MASA’s SWORD is now in service in 16 countries across the globe either directly by the armed forces or through defense industry partners and government emergency response bodies. Along with MASA SYNERGY, a high-level decision system dedicated to emergency preparedness and crisis management training and planning, and LIFE, an Artificial Intelligence-based middleware designed to enable the creation of autonomous behaviors for simulations, MASA’s flagship products will be demonstrated at booth #2224 during the I/ITSEC show.
On Novembre 26th occured the 4th Innovation Forum from the French procurement agency (DGA) at the Ecole Polytechnique.
Laurent Collet-Billion, Head of the DGA, following a demonstration of TACTIC
MASA was invited to attend, in order to present its research program TACTIC, a project that simplifies C2 (Command and Control) tactical systems by making them more accessible and by allowing for multimodal ergonomics, an easy-to-read interface, interoperability with C2 systems, and standardized exchanges.
SWORD presented on a computer as well as on tablets, thanks to TACTIC
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.
On September 29th and 30th, the HCFDC (the French High Committee for Civil Defense) organized a training exercise simulating a major flood in Paris using MASA SWORD. Over 15 organizations and companies participated, each in their own crisis unit, in order to test their emergency response to a once-in-a-century flood in Paris.
Two weeks of almost unprecedented flooding were simulated over 22 hours. All participants were connected to a shared bulletin board that displayed their actions in response to the crisis in real time. They also benefited from a 3D-view of Paris, using a connection between SWORD and Google Earth
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. »
The exercise allowed to strengthen the operational capacities of the local authorities in case of an earthquake or a tsunami – Improved cooperation between the public and the private sectors for the distribution of humanitarian help and food relief to the local populations
MASA Group (“MASA”), a leading developer of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based Modeling & Simulation (M&S) software for the defense, emergency preparedness, serious games and game development markets, is participating as a representative company from the Private sector to the Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. This event is coordinated by UNISDR (The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction) and is taking place from May 19th to 23th in Geneva, Switzerland.