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ESG ensures secure TETRA communication at the 60th Munich Security Conference and presents its pioneering innovation project ACOP

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) - founded in 1963 - is the world's leading forum for debates on international security policy issues. The Munich Security Conference traditionally takes place at the renowned Hotel Bayerischer Hof. Once again, a large number of participants from all over the world will be attending. Heads of state, ministers, leaders of international organisations and leading representatives from business, the media, research and civil society are expected to exchange their perspectives and ideas on international security.

The requirements for ensuring the security of all participants are correspondingly high.
Since 2023, ESG has been tasked with implementing secure TETRA communication for the Munich Security Conference, which is taking place this year from 16 to 18 February, as well as for the following main conferences until 2025. Together with Stadtwerke München, ESG is making a valuable contribution to the success of the conference within the highly demanding security requirements: On behalf of ESG, Stadtwerke München is setting up two TETRA base stations at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof and integrating them into its overall TETRA network. This will ensure uninterrupted and secure TETRA communication in the hotel itself and in the neighbourhood.

The TETRA terminals and their accessories for the Munich Security Conference staff, the German Armed Forces and the participating security organisations are specially designed for concealed carrying and are therefore ideal for the range of applications during the conference.
The project once again emphasises ESG’s special capabilities, particularly for IT & communication and system integration in a highly complex, security-critical environment.

On the evening before the conference, the Munich Security Conference and the Bundeswehr Cyber Innovation Hub are hosting the MSC (Munich Security Conference) Innovation Night. At the MSC Innovation Night, companies, start-ups, academics, researchers and other experts will present their latest innovations in the field of security on topics such as cyber security, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and drone technology. Together with the Bundeswehr Cyber Innovation Hub, ESG is presenting the "Augmented Common Operational Picture" (ACOP) solution at this year's event. ACOP has been evaluated for use in exercise support by the Bundeswehr Cyber Innovation Hub together with the Army Combat Simulation Centre since March 2023. ACOP is an innovation for military simulation-based training and operational planning that enables realistic, interactive 3D visualisation of the situation on the battlefield with the help of powerful mixed-reality glasses. The terrain can be displayed through the glasses with a projection size of up to 10x10 metres. This enables soldiers to carry out an intuitive terrain assessment and an interactive situation briefing using hand gestures.

ACOP is an integrated solution that is connected to existing military systems, e.g. command and control systems. As a result, both the own and the enemy situation are transmitted in real time and changes are synchronised between all systems. The situation display via ACOP is not limited to land forces, but can also be used for airspace coordination or the visualisation of naval units at sea. By using multiple glasses, all participants in a situation briefing can interactively access the same situation picture and make changes, even if they are at separate locations. In this way, ACOP not only makes an important contribution to the command and control capability, but also to the protection of soldiers during operation and exercise planning.

Source of Picture: MSC/Kuhlmann 

ESG has been one of the leading German providers of design, integration, operation and in-service support of complex, security-related electronic and IT systems for more than five decades. In Germany and internationally, ESG provides products and services for customers from government authorities, the fields of defence, public security and industry. ESG is a certified aviation company for aircraft and aviation equipment for the Bundeswehr (German Federal Armed Forces) and an aviation engineering company in line with EASA Part 21J, EASA Part 21G and EASA Part 145. As a special systems company for mission avionics, simulation and training, as well as special deployment systems, ESG offers customised solutions. Independent process and technology consulting is one of ESG's key competencies. Technology transfer between markets is what makes a significant contribution to our customers' added value.

Ulrich-Joachim Müller, Head of Corporate Communications 
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About the Munich Security Conference (MSC):
The objective of the Munich Security Conference is to build trust and to contribute to the peaceful resolution of conflicts by sustaining a continuous, curated and informal dialogue within the international security community. Today, the MSC is the world's leading forum for debating international security policy. The MSC conceives of its conferences as a type of "marketplace of ideas" where initiatives and solutions are developed and opinions are exchanged. It provides a venue for official and non-official diplomatic initiatives and ideas to address the world’s most pressing security concerns. The MSC also offers protected space for informal meetings between officials and thus – as its original motto has it – build peace through dialogue. In addition to its annual flagship conference, the MSC regularly convenes high-profile events on particular topics and regions and publishes the Munich Security Report, an annual digest of relevant figures, maps, and research on crucial security challenges.

About Stadtwerke München (SWM):
As the municipal energy expert of the state capital Munich, SWM is one of the largest energy and infrastructure companies in Germany. They supply the city with safe and climate-friendly energy (electricity, natural gas, district heating, district cooling) and fresh drinking water. They also operate 18 indoor and summer swimming pools. Its transport subsidiary MVG is responsible for environmentally and urbanly compatible mobility.
SWM invests in the further expansion of renewable energy generation, in modern communication technologies, in the electrification of private transport and in company housing. In cooperation with strong partners, they continue to develop proven concepts and drive innovation and digitisation. With their commitment, SWM is laying the foundations for the networked and liveable city of the future.

About the Cyber Innovation Hub der Bundeswehr (CIHBw): 
The Cyber Innovation Hub der Bundeswehr (CIHBw) is the Do-Tank of the German armed forces and the first digital innovation unit of a German ministry. It was founded in March 2017 to act as a "fast dinghy" to support the digital transformation of the Bundeswehr and to act as an interface between the Bundeswehr and the startup ecosystem. The CIHBw's vision of "Empowering Innovation in Defence" has taken on a new urgency against the background of the Russian attack on Ukraine.
The CIHBw's core business is to recognise current military challenges facing the Bundeswehr and find solutions. The CIHBw does this together with the startup ecosystem and innovators from the armed forces. As the interface between the Bundeswehr and the startup ecosystem, the CIHBw has access to new cyber and information technologies.