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Thales champions Artificial Intelligence innovation with the fourth season of AI@CENTECH program

Following a global call for partners, Thales has selected four world-class start-ups whose AI innovations align with its markets and business opportunities:

  • Zétane (Canada) enables software teams to rapidly improve, test, and approve AI models for deployment in high-risk operations.
  • Tacteris (Canada) develops and commercializes its Maestro Enterprise™ solution that primarily uses AI to support automated unit routing and time planning, with multiple factors and recommendations, in military command and control systems.
  • Kili Technology (France) develops and markets a data training and annotation platform to transform raw, unstructured data into high-quality training data at scale.
  • Latent AI (U.S.) enables embedded adaptive AI by optimizing computing, power and memory without requiring changes to existing artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) infrastructure and frameworks. 

Each of these start-ups will work closely with Thales business coaches and AI experts to validate their technology and business model, and to co-develop cutting-edge solutions for Thales customers in its major markets.  In a uniquely collaborative model within Centech’s world-class open innovation ecosystem, the start-ups will cultivate competencies to seize their potential and become game-changers in their markets, while Thales will bring new trusted AI technologies and solutions to its customers.

“Since 2019, AI@Centech has enabled Thales to partner with the future champions of Artificial Intelligence from Canada and around the world through open innovation and close collaboration. Season 4 extends our success in accelerating the development of AI-based solutions that will further drive digital transformation for Thales’ customers globally and help to build a future we can all trust.” - Siegfried Usal, Vice-President, Digital Innovation and General Manager, Thales Digital Solutions 

Thales has successfully executed three seasons of AI@Centech to date, proving its ability to build trusted solutions with emerging collaborations. These include AIKO S.r.l., which is implementing AI-enabled software to automate space missions; MyDataModels, which is providing AI-driven predictive modelling and design capabilities out of small datasets for Thales applications; and AIR (AI Redefined), which is providing a unique, opencore human-in-the-loop AI training toolset for collaborative autonomy in Defense and Aerospace.

Over the last five years, Thales has invested more than €7 billion in four key digital technologies: AI, connectivity, big data, and cybersecurity. It has over 200 AI experts based around the globe, and Montreal is home to one of three Thales Digital Factories that accelerate digital potential for Thales’ core business and for its customers. AI@Centech demonstrates Thales’ long-standing commitment to Canada to drive innovation in the Key Industrial Capability of AI.