Can you tell us something about ESG?
‘For fifty years, ESG has been developing, integrating and opera¬ting electronic and IT systems for the military, public authorities and companies. With our logistics services we ensure that these systems remain available and efficient when in operation. Our comprehensive cyber security and IT services contribute significantly to ensuring security in cyberspace. Among our customers are companies in the automobile, aerospace and defence industries and from the areas of industrial goods and commercial vehicles.
- As an independent technology and process consultant with no interests in the production of hardware, we carry out studies and simulations for new systems and support the management of large IT projects
- As a competence centre we enable our customers to access new technologies
- As a specialised system company we have complete responsibility for individual modules and entire systems
- As a special systems company for command & control systems, mission avionics, logistic services, simulation and training, as well as specific special mission systems, we offer customised solutions and products and take responsibility for the operation of complex whole-systems
What are your biggest technological challenges at the moment?
‘Drones represent a serious security risk to major public events, but also to safety-sensitive infrastructure and facilities such as power stations, industrial testing grounds and plants, governmental properties, correctional facilities and airports. A particular risk is the unauthorized use of such drones for espionage, provocation or even criminal and terrorist purposes.
Wide distribution and convenient availability of drones cause a broad spectrum of threats such as:
- illicit or unauthorized flights in safety zones or restricted areas
- transport of goods or critical equipment in or out of secured areas
- spying and illegal collection of data
- illegal photographs or videos
- use of small UAS as a weapon or as carrier of weapons or explosives
The resulting new range and scope of threats and risks accordingly must be anticipated in any comprehensive security infrastructure. While most countries are currently introducing legislation establishing operation regulations and no-fly-zones, there is still a lack of legal clarity surrounding this and the question remains, how these conditions are to be enforced?
Authorities, security personnel and private companies are thus in dire need of reliable technology and sustainable strategies to effectively manage the rising threat from above.’
What do you hope people will learn from your presentation at TUS Nordics?
‘Since early 2015, ESG, together with Rohde & Schwarz, Diehl and other leading German and European companies for radar, radio communication and electronic countermeasures, has developed the fully-integrated, modular and scalable solution GUARDION to counter the threats posed by the unauthorized use of drones.
GUARDION utilizes the most suitable state-of-the-art sensor and effector components on the market for automatic detection and classification, verification and defence. Via ESG`s command, control and situation awareness system TARANIS® of military background it connects them to the information and security infrastructure used in the specific environment.
The presentation will focus on the mission experience gathered in ensuring the protection of large-scale political events such as the G7 summit in Elmau 2015, the presidential state visit of POTUS Obama to the Hannover fair in 2016, or most recently the G20 summit in Hamburg 2017 in close cooperation with German Federal police forces.’
What presentation do you hope to give in 5 years?
‘Our mission as a hardware-independent technology consultant and system integrator is to provide a valuable contribution to the protection of order and security of airspaces and critical infrastructure using state-of-the-art technology. Hence, in 5 years we would like to present the accomplishment of important milestones on our roadmap towards our vision of widespread airspace security, a resulting significant reduction in the opportunities for misuse of UAS for criminal and terroristic purposes, as well as enhanced perspectives for the constructive use of UAS.’