Hexagon develops solution for monitoring chemical, biological and nuclear threats for Canada’s Department of National Defence

8 February 2022

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 8 February 2022

Hexagon’s Safety, Infrastructure & Geospatial division today announced the successful delivery of a visualization and analysis solution for Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) to assist in the monitoring, detection, early warning and prediction of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats. The solution was funded through DND’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program.

Built on Hexagon’s M.App Enterprise and Luciad software, the solution brings together real-time and historical data from multiple sources, such as maps, wearables and environmental and weather sensors, into one common operating picture for interactive 3D visualization and analysis. Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) capabilities from Larus Technologies help to determine the optimal locations for static and mobile sensor placement, enabling the department to plan for specific scenarios and operations. Integrated predictive plume cloud modelling analytics from Lakes Environmental utilize the multiple data streams to produce release simulations for understanding overall risk and developing management and mitigation strategies.

IDEaS has been seeking innovative solutions and technologies for the persistent surveillance of CBRN threats that allows rapid detection, early warning and effective monitoring of Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) releases. The new Hexagon solution would enable the Canadian Armed Forces to understand risks, visualize threats, predict outcomes and make more informed decisions that could save lives.

“Hexagon is on a mission to create safer cities and nations around the world,” said David Armstrong, vice president and general manager, Hexagon’s Safety, Infrastructure & Geospatial division. “This initial solution for Canada’s Department of Defence allows for the integration and display of sophisticated CBRN analytics in 3D, providing much needed insights for decision-makers. In addition, the underlying technology platform can integrate an unlimited number of CBRN analytics engines, allowing for even broader threat assessment and better protection of Canadian soldiers and citizens.”

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About Hexagon

Hexagon is a global leader in digital reality solutions, combining sensor, software and autonomous technologies. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, quality and safety across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, public sector, and mobility applications. Our technologies are shaping production and people-related ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous – ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.

Hexagon’s Safety, Infrastructure & Geospatial division improves the resilience and sustainability of the world’s critical services and infrastructure. Our solutions turn complex data about people, places and assets into meaningful information and capabilities for better, faster decision-making in public safety, utilities, defense, transportation and government.

Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 24,500 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 5.4bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB.

About IDEaS

IDEaS is a defence innovation program announced in Canada’s defence policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged. It commits the Canadian government to $1.6 billion of investment in innovations for defence and security over the next 20 years. The program is looking for solutions to support the development of defence and security capabilities. IDEaS fosters open innovation by providing creative thinkers with the structure and support to encourage solutions, which will assist in solving some of Canada’s toughest defence and security challenges. IDEaS supports the development of solutions from their conceptual stage, through prototype testing and capability development. The program promotes collaboration between innovators and provides developmental resources and opportunities to interact with DND’s science and military members.

To learn more, please visit the IDEaS webpage www.canada.ca/Defence-IDEaS

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