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Thales to Incorporate Esri Geospatial Technology into Its C4I Solutions

Collaboration Will Provide Complete Geospatial Solutions for Integrated C4I Systems

October 19, 2011

Redlands, California—The latest geospatial technology from Esri will be embedded into Comm@nder, the Thales integrated C4I suite, Esri announced today.

Integrated in Thales' communications and information framework, Esri software will improve operational services for defense users and provide complete geospatial solutions for integrated command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) systems. The advanced battlespace display and analysis features will provide highly accurate, shared situational awareness and better decision support tools.

With Esri technology, defense users who have little or no experience working with geospatial software will be able to exploit geospatial information from maps, imagery, and sensors that commanders can then use for making decisions.

"This technical and operational partnership will truly leverage NATO and other military and commercial standards for interoperable C4I solutions for defense and security operations," said Jacques Rabain, vice president in charge of Protection Systems for Thales.

Comm@nder is the Thales family of integrated computerized C4I solutions. The suite's standardized and open architecture hosts tactical communications, network services, and operational information systems for a broad range of networkcentric defense and intelligence operations at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. Defense users in NATO and several countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East use Comm@nder for C4I applications.

Esri provides geospatial capabilities to defense and intelligence organizations worldwide, including those behind the NATO Core Geographic Services (NCGS) project and the US Department of Defense (DoD) Commercial Joint Mapping Toolkit (CJMTK).

"Esri is honored to work with Thales, a global leader in C4I systems," said Jack Dangermond, Esri president. "Thales provides critical technology for defense and intelligence operations. We are pleased that the company has selected our geospatial technology to enhance its highly regarded Comm@nder suite."

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About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace & Transport markets. In 2010, the company generated revenues of 13.1 billion with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop, and deploy equipment, systems, and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners. Visit www.thalesgroup.com

Press Information:
Carla Wheeler, Esri
Tel.: 909-793-2853, extension 1-2448
E-mail (press only): press@esri.com
General Information: info@esri.com

Press Information:
Aude Colas des Francs, Thales Communications & Security
Tel.: +33-0-685-14-66-16
E-mail: aude.colasdesfrancs@fr.thalesgroup.com

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