05 Jan THE FRENCH CORPORATE THALES JOINS THE ECA TO FOSTER THE EUROPEAN INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM
Thales – Collective thinking for a safer world
Whenever a critical decision needs to be made, Thales has a role to play. The company’s solutions help customers to make the right decisions at the right time and act accordingly in challenging environments. To help create a safer world, Thales serves five keys sectors:
- Ground Transportation
- Digital Identity and Security
- Defence and Security
World-class technology, the combined expertise of 80,000 employees and operations in 68 countries have made Thales a key player in keeping the public safe and secure, guarding vital infrastructure and protecting the national security interests of countries around the globe. Thales is proud of the role the corporate plays in a world that is increasingly mobile, interconnected, interdependent and dangerous.
Thales, at the heart of innovation ecosystems
Innovation has always been part of the Group’s history and remains crucial to Thale’s success both today and in the future. Thales invests 1 billion euros a year in self-funded R&D, and more than 28,000 Thales employees are directly involved in research and technology.
But innovation at Thales is not driven by investment alone. It’s driven by passion — a passion for discovering new ways to step up to the challenges of modern society. Today, Thales brings a unique combination of technologies and talent to the table.
The technologies applied in Thales’ 5 key sectors are incredibly fast-changing and Thales has constantly to be on the forefront of innovation. As one of the global leaders in the Smart Industry and Cybersecurity sector, the group’s main topics of innovation and R&D are Deeptech, Smart Sensors, Connected objects, Reconfigurable network, Cybersecurity, AO & Big Data, Man-Machine Dialog and Autonomous vehicles.
Thales is always on the lookout for innovation generated by start-ups and identifies the disruptive business models.
What Thales and the ECA will accomplish together
As a French player, the European market is of strategic importance for Thales. The innovation ecosystem is particularly lively, but the group needs to accelerate the integration of national efforts and strengthen the ecosystem on a European level. Joining the ECA as one of the first corporate members has been a natural decision for Thales as the group is keen on accessing innovative European companies to drive its innovation programs. At the same time, Thales would like to nourish the ecosystem by sharing its key insights and best practices on how to drive innovation between corporates and scale-ups.
Find out more about Thales and the group’s innovation ambitions here: