HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Intergraph, as part of a team led by SELEX Sistemi Integrati (SSI), the systems integrator for the Finmeccanica Group, played a vital role in successfully ensuring the safety and security of world leaders, guests and infrastructure at the G8 Summit, held in L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy, from July 8–10, 2009.
Intergraph’s integrated security solutions provided a common operating picture that aided Civil Protection Department personnel in their efforts to secure vulnerable areas, detect and assess threats and quickly respond to incidents. The integrated security system also enabled the exchange of intelligence between the Central Management Station and several remote command and control centers.
"As volatility around the world continues to increase, security forces face ever more demanding challenges for protecting people and property during critical events," said Jeff Vining, Gartner vice president and research analyst for government, homeland security and law enforcement. "To ensure safety and security at strategic and large-scale events, it is essential that security personnel deploy a comprehensive and collaborative approach that leverages the latest technologies to ensure they are equipped to detect and assess a broad range of threats, and respond as effectively and efficiently as possible."
"Upon the closure of the summit, the National Civil Protection Department chief and the chief of the G8 Organizational Mission appreciated the exceptional capabilities of the system delivered, and the support for the protection of the G8 Summit attendees. Furthermore the system successfully met the complex requirements outlined for the security initiative," said Lorenzo Mariani, SELEX Sistemi Integrati Large Systems Division chief. "We are pleased that our close collaboration with the Civil Protection Department and Intergraph directly contributed to the safety and security for all who were involved with the summit."
"As a global leader in public safety and security incident management and reporting solutions, Intergraph is honored to have partnered with SSI to support the security forces in their successful efforts to protect the G-8 heads of state and guests who attended the summit," said Halsey Wise, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Intergraph. "Once again, Intergraph has proven itself together with its partners in providing integrated security solutions capable of protecting high value strategic assets for the world’s most important meetings and large-scale events."
In addition to the development of the integrated security system, Rossi of Brescia, an Intergraph digital photogrammetry customer, provided aerial photos captured by Intergraph’s digital mapping camera (DMC), a large-format frame digital aerial camera. The photos were incorporated into the high resolution maps used by Civil Protection Department personnel and to advance situational awareness of those monitoring the G8 site and surrounding areas.
Intergraph’s large-scale event expertise also includes having provided security and public safety solutions for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the 2006 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2004 and 2009 United States presidential inaugurations.
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About SELEX Sistemi Integrati
SELEX Sistemi Integrati, a Finmeccanica company, designs and develops Large Systems for Homeland Protection, systems and radar for air defense, battlefield management, naval warfare, air traffic control, coastal and maritime surveillance. The Company with about 4,200 employees has fifty years of experience in system integration and a customer base in no less than 150 countries. More information: www.selex-si.com/SelexSI/EN/index.sdo
Finmeccanica is the main Italian industrial group operating globally in the aerospace, defense and security sectors, and is one of the world's leading groups in the fields of helicopters and defense electronics. It is also the European leader for satellite and space services as well as having considerable know-how and production capacity in the energy and transport fields. More information: www.finmeccanica.it/Holding/EN//index.sdo
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations and actionable intelligence. Intergraph’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.
Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially-powered solutions to the defense and intelligence, public safety and security, government, transportation, photogrammetry, utilities, and communications industries. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
Intergraph Security Solutions Successfully Protect Delegates, Guests and Infrastructure at G8 Summit
September 24, 2009