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Helyx wins UK MoD contract to define Future Deployable Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) (FDG)

11th October 2010 - 13:46 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The UK's leading expert advisor in Geospatial Information Exploitation strategies for the defence and security sectors, Helyx SIS Ltd, has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence to help define requirements for, and support delivery of, the Future Deployable Geospatial Intelligence (FDG) capability.

As a result of the success achieved through application of currently deployed geospatial capabilities and of recent and rapid technical advancements in the application of GEOINT, both of which have increased its operational significance, many of the existing hardware and software components are reaching the end of their service life. The Ministry of Defence Capability staffs have therefore determined that now is an optimal time to review, refresh and enhance the GEOINT capability. The Future Deployable Geospatial Intelligence Capability will provide an underpinning component of Network Enabled Capacity, supporting shared situational awareness and the decision support process.

Helyx will support the Imagery and Geospatial Systems (IMaGE) Delivery Team as an integral part of the Project Team for the duration of the Project Assessment Phase. The aim of the Project is to rationalise and upgrade the current GEOINT capability to meet the projected range of military activities and intelligence requirements, including its closer integration into the wider defence ISTAR infrastructure. The Project will provide enhanced GEOINT capability to support operations in the land, air and maritime domains. The initial work, supported by Helyx, is focussed on supporting the submission of a Main Gate Business Case in early 2011.

Under the initial six month project, Helyx will deliver the Project Roadmap and Requirements, assess new and available technologies, undertake MoD Architecture Framework Modelling, and support tender preparation. Helyx will be supported by a number of specialist advisors; Hereford Infosec, providing specialist Security and Information Assurance advice, Atkins Ltd, in the fields of and on risk management, safety and Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) and J2CO Consulting who will support requirements and strategy derivation.

"This is an important contract for Helyx and confirms the company's position as the UK's leading independent adviser on the exploitation of geospatial intelligence and particularly on its application for use in all theatres of operation", said Howard Wilding, Managing Director, Helyx. "It coincides with an exciting period of growth for the company, which has recently re-located to larger new premises near Tewkesbury, Gloucester".

Helyx has extensive knowledge of the operational application of GEOINT combined with an understanding of UK MoD procurement processes and a proven track record in supporting the Joint Aeronautical Geospatial Organisation (JAGO), the MoD's principal provider of GEOINT on operations Helyx is also one of the specialist consultancy advisers in Team SPARTA which is undertaking the UK MOD's Common Geospatial Tool Set (CGTS) project. In addition, on the international stage, Helyx has recently delivered a geospatial vision and strategy to underpin the future delivery of Network Enabled Capability in Malaysia.

Source: Helyx

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