GROUPE STERIA : GROUPE STERIA: Steria and Airbus ProSky join the Shared Virtual Sky project to develop the first European

   GROUPE STERIA : GROUPE STERIA: Steria and Airbus ProSky join the Shared
Virtual Sky project to develop the first European airspace simulation platform


After completing a collaborative  R&D project, Steria  and Airbus ProSky  have 
signed a cooperation  agreement with  nine other  partners (Aerospace  Valley, 
Airbus, DSNA,  ENAC, Thales,  Oktal  SAS, CGX  AERO, Alticode,  Intespace)  to 
develop a new airspace simulation system, called "Shared Virtual Sky".

Under  the  terms  of  this  agreement,  Airbus  Prosky  (Airbus  air  traffic 
management subsidiary), will be responsible for the promotion and marketing of
Shared Virtual Sky (SVS) and associated commercial services, while Steria will
be responsible for operating SVS as a software service.

Paris, France,  18/02/2013 -  « Shared  Virtual Sky  » is  the first  European 
simulation platform  that will  be  available to  all aviation  companies.  By 
enabling the  interconnection of  their  systems and  in particular  of  their 
airborne and ground  navigation systems,  SVS will  accelerate innovation  and 
make it possible  to test the  new air navigation  concepts that underpin  the 
SESAR project (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research) to improve
the safety and fluidity of air transport.

Innovative services that will modernise air transport

With air traffic steadily increasing, air traffic management must be  improved 
to ensure  safety,  increase capacity,  reduce  costs and  help  preserve  the 

The Shared Virtual Sky platform enables multiple participants to connect their
simulators to a  completely realistic real-time  environment. Test pilots  and 
air traffic  controllers can  thus  work together,  each in  their  respective 
cockpit or control  tower. This  solution supports  the European  Commission's 
efforts to modernise ATM systems through its Single European Sky ATM  Research 
(SESAR) project, which seeks to  develop a world-class integrated air  traffic 
navigation system.

"SVS offers a unique possibility to run highly realistic simulations using the
real pilots  and controllers  environment  to test  together new  concepts  of 
operations" says Eric Stefanello, CEO of  Airbus ProSky. "We are proud of  the 
expanding user community that  makes our Virtual  Sky expanding and  enriching 
for the benefits of all".

Promoting "cooperation"  in Europe's  aviation industry,  through  innovation, 
technical expertise and an integrated approach to today's challenges.

The Shared  Virtual Sky  solution has  its  origins in  Gaia Virtual  Sky,  an 
Aerospace Valley project launched in 2007.

With  experience  and   expertise  in  air   transport  consultancy,   systems 
integration and operations, Steria's consultants were charged with the task of
providing the  harmonised  working methods  and  technology options  that  are 
essential to ensuring interoperability.

Steria plays a key  role in the Shared  Virtual Sky technology, being  largely 
responsible  notably  for  its  IT  architecture  through  its  software   and 
interconnection resources. Steria also hosts the SVS portal. Services will  be 
provided on a SaaS subscription basis.  During the deployment phase SVS is  to 
be made  available  on  Steria's  Infrastructure  on  Command,  a  cloud-based 

"Shared Virtual Sky  is an innovative  response to the  challenges facing  the 
aviation industry. Ten industry  leaders are currently conducting  experiments 
as part of the SESAR project and five actors are currently negotiating to join
the SVS platform in 2013 to validate their new ideas. This technology can also
be adapted to other  industries that have similar  challenges with respect  to 
the  interconnection  and  interoperability   of  operational  systems.   This 
integration of systems and people is a perfect example of "cooperation", which
promotes industry  growth  by  facilitating  the  exchange  of  knowledge  and 
improving productivity."  adds Patrick  Loyer, Innovation  Director of  Steria 

About Steria:

Steria delivers IT enabled business services and is the Trusted Transformation
Partner for  private and  public  sector organisations  across the  globe.  By 
combining in depth understanding of our clients' businesses with expertise  in 
IT and business process  outsourcing, we take on  our clients' challenges  and 
develop innovative solutions to address them. Through our highly collaborative
consulting style,  we  work with  our  clients to  transform  their  business, 
enabling them to focus on what they do best. Our 20,000 people, working across
16 countries, support the  systems, services and  processes that make  today's 
world turn, touching the lives of millions around the globe each day.  Founded 
in 1969, Steria has offices in Europe,  India, North Africa and SE Asia and  a 
2011 revenue of  €1.75 billion.  21%(*) of Steria's  capital is  owned by  its 
employees. Headquartered  in Paris,  Steria is  listed on  the Euronext  Paris 

(*): including the Employees Shares Trust in the UK

About Airbus ProSky:

Airbus ProSky, the  ATM subsidiary of  Airbus, is dedicated  to improving  the 
performance of global  Air Traffic Management  (ATM). Comprised of  recognized 
subject matter experts  and offering intelligent  ATM solutions that  maximize 
efficiency,  capacity  and  environmental  sustainability.  Airbus  ProSky  is 
committed to  working  side-by-side  with  Air  Navigation  Service  Providers 
(ANSP),  aircraft  operators  and  airport   authorities  to  build  a   truly 
collaborative  system   with   greater  capacity,   better   performance   and 
environmental sustainability  for  all stakeholders.  Airbus  ProSky  includes 
Metron  Aviation,  Quovadis  and  ATRiCS,  brought  together  to  improve  the 
performance and  efficiency of  the global  airspace. Airbus  ProSky  delivers 
groundbreaking ATM  research  and  development, Air  Traffic  Flow  Management 
(ATFM), Surface  Management  (SMAN), Performance-Based  Navigation  (PBN)  and 
Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) solutions.

Steria Press contact:            Airbus Prosky Press contact:
Steria Group Press Office
                                 Jessie Hillenbrand
                                 Tel. : +1 703.234.0863
Tel: +33 1 43 12 55 52 / 62



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