A group of European defense integrators and photonics clusters has today launched the second
Business Round Table for Photonics Sensors covering Defense Environment and Security, to take
place in Tallinn, Estonia (www.photonics-sensors.eu)
A group of European defense integrators and photonics clusters has today launched the second Business Round Table for Photonics Sensors covering Defense Environment and Security, to take place in Tallinn, Estonia (
www.photonics-sensors.eu) The mission of this Round Table is to create business relationships between photonics SMEs who are leaders in sensor innovations and technology integrators who are seeking specific capabilities and performance for defense and security systems. The Round Table will accelerate the presence in the market of key competitive technologies in defense and security applications. Interested defense systems manufacturers and photonics clusters are invited to join this initiative.
Jean-François Coutris, Vice-President of SAGEM Defense and Security who has contributed to the organization of this initiative said, “SMEs are strong in technology innovation. They are both agile and inventive and can work on developments that larger industries could not afford to invest in. We must facilitate the development of these SMEs that are crucial to our competitive position”.
Thomas Pearsall, Secretary General of the European Photonics Industry Consortium, (EPIC) also a partner in the organization of the Business Round Table added, “The defense majors, like MBDA and SAGEM are strong in technology integration. They have the resources and the know-how for integrating new technology into reliable and performant systems coupled with a good view of market opportunities.”
The second Business Roundtable will meet in Tallinn, Estonia on 8 September 2011, hosted by the Baltic Photonics Cluster. SMEs will be invited to present innovations in sensor technology, and defense integrators will discuss needs for sensing systems. Participants from both sides will be able to discuss details in networking sessions during the meeting. W. Knorr, head of the laser division of the binational French-German research institute of Saint Louis, appreciates the launch of the Photonics Sensors Business Roundtable: “This is an important positive step in accelerating the exploitation of new photonics sensor applications in Europe.”
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