Helyx investigates future Aeronautical Information Capability for UK MoD — Press Release

Helyx investigates future Aeronautical Information Capability for UK MoD

helyx Specialist geospatial information exploitation consultancy, Helyx, has completed a strategic investigation for the UK Ministry of Defence into the future Aeronautical Information Capability (AIC), a critical enabler for all air operations and essential to flight safety. The investigation provided the MoD with an independent assessment of the capability against current and forecasted requirements and made a series of recommendations that would assist in developing UK capability.

The final report provides, through clearly presented arguments, a sound basis for MoD policy, air force and procurement stakeholders to decide how the next generation AIC should be developed. It will be used as the basis for planning and prioritising, as well as supporting any business case activity if MoD decides to pursue the strategy it sets out.

Helyx was responsible for analysing the current capability, identifying capability gaps and forecasting how military flight operations are likely to change. Amongst the main drivers identified by Helyx are new technology, for example UAVs and the paperless cockpit, and emerging flight safety legislation, which entails close interaction with organisations such as the CAA, NATS (National Air Traffic Services) and EuroControl. Helyx also conducted an in-depth analysis of the implications of the future capability against the Defence Lines of Development (DLODs).

Helyx was selected as offering the best independent specialist system engineering knowledge and the best value for money. Its key subcontractor, uVe Ltd, provided specific expertise of RAF operations. The investigation was initiated through DEC ISTAR on behalf of the Intelligence Collection Group (ICG), which provides the capability through No1 AIDU (Aeronautical Information Documents Unit) and DGC (Defence Geographic Centre).

The investigation was conducted within very tight timescales. An initial assessment of the capability to identify urgent capability gaps was delivered in November 2008 within seven weeks of the project outset. The investigation concluded in March 2009 with presentation of the findings and recommendations to senior MoD stakeholders and publication of a comprehensive final report.

DEC ISTAR said of the work that “Helyx made an extremely good job in a short amount of time. We have been impressed at their grasp of the complex issues involved. The final report represents an impressive analysis of the problem.” Acknowledging not only the complexity but the audience for the research, JAGO, added that “the report presents complex arguments in a very readable way.”

HQ ICG said that “the results of the investigation represent excellent value for money for the MoD and would not have been achieved if attempted internally.” They added that the way in which the study was conducted was exemplary, saying that “management of stakeholder relationships was excellent throughout the investigation”.

No 1 AIDU said that “the investigation has been invaluable in raising the profile of the AIC and specifically No1 AIDU within the MoD.”


About Helyx

Established in 2002, Helyx has grown to become a highly respected specialist consultancy to the Defence, National Security and associated markets. The company provides expertise in technical consultancy, research and project management in the fields of information management, asset tracking, situational awareness and command and control applications, with a particular focus on the application of Geospatial information (GI) technology.

Acting as an expert advisor, Helyx provides technical and managerial support to inform medium and long term capability planning and investment, advising Defence Equipment and Support Integrated Project Teams, research agencies and other government bodies.

The majority of the Helyx team have experience within the MoD, either as former members of the Armed Forces or within the Acquisition or Research communities. They provide the unique ability to not only understand the culture and language of the community but also to articulate the benefits of technology in a straight forward, clear manner.

Helyx was acquired in 2008 by ESRI Holdings. www.helyx.co.uk

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ESRI co-sponsors DGI 2009 – Europe’s Premier Defence GIS Conference – Press Release

ESRI Inc is the Co-Sponsor of DGI 2009, being held 19-22 January in London, which has become Europe’s largest annual gathering dedicated to high-level discussion addressing the major challenges of the defence and government geospatial intelligence community. ESRI is the world’s leading supplier of COTS GIS capability to the defence and security community and will be contributing two presentations to the conference as well as exhibiting its ArcGIS system:

Government Information Sharing: The challenges and opportunities of Enterprise GIS

Jeff Peters
Director of Federal Programs

GIS companies are traditionally good at delivering high-level visions for geospatially centric information systems, high-level system concepts, and COTS software. The challenge for defence and intelligence organizations is often in the implementation of these visions and related architectures where the gap between them and the COTS software is too large. This presentation will explore the concept of “solution templates” which help solve this problem. A solution template answers specific questions like: What is the actual information model for the system? What is the actual workflow for the system? Who are the actual users of the system? We hope that this will be a thought provoking presentation looking at improved ways of implementing an enterprise GIS to better enable government information sharing.

GIS in Defence & Intelligence – What next?

Chris Dorman
European Defence Business Coordinator
ESRI (although he works for ESRI Inc, Chris is based at the ESRI (UK) office in Aylesbury)

Whilst the GIS community knows the power of GIS it is only now becoming pervasive throughout defence and intelligence organisations. It is only just being accepted as a key technology for collaboration, visualisation and dissemination of ideas, plans and decisions. So how is defence adopting GIS technology today and how will it be used in the future? This presentation will show the potential value of GIS in a defence-wide services-oriented architecture and discuss various challenges faced during implementation. It will also look at some of the ways GIS will impact defence capabilities by geospatially enabling procedures and exploiting the power of geospatial analytical techniques. The presenter will propose an answer to the question “GIS in Defence & Intelligence – What next?”


ESRI Inc is exhibiting at the conference (stand number 15-18) with ESRI (UK) representatives on hand to handle UK based interests. They are presenting ArcGIS as a complete Geographic Information System Serving the Defence and Intelligence Community:

· An integrated software suite for desktop, server, web and mobile geospatial applications.

· Integrates with commercial, military and IT standards

· Used by DoD, NATO and coalition partners globally

· Tools for intelligence Analysis and Dissemination:

o Common Operating Picture – Situational Awareness is disseminated to a variety of people and locations to provide a common operating picture

o Data Management

o Planning and Analysis – The fusion of time-sensitive, dynamic data with geographic information allows for quicker and more intuitive action

o Field operations – ESRI’s mobile response tool for use with desktop, tablet and handheld devices provides more timely and accurate information to field personnel, intelligence analysts and commander.

About ESRI (UK)

Established in 1989, ESRI (UK) is a British company that is part of the ESRI network, the world’s leading supplier of commercial off the shelf (COTS) GIS capability to the defence and national security community for almost 40 years. As the UK’s leading authority on GIS, ESRI (UK) works with the MOD, DE&S, business partners and the Systems Integrator community to provide best of breed solutions across the land, air, sea and joint domains. See www.esri.com and www.esriuk.co.uk.

DGI 2009 http://wbresearch.com/DGIEurope

For further information:

Celia Turner

Celia Turner Public Relations

Tel: +44 (0)207 485 7760

Mob:+44 (0)7703 344425

[email protected]


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