Name of your organisation: :  CS GROUP – France

Type of organisation (EU standard): Large ICT company

Country: France (FR)

Brief profile (Faster adjusted 10 lines):

Partner CS,

CS GROUP – France is a large and very innovative company based in Paris – France, with subsidiaries in Europe, Asia, as well as in North America . It is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and employs 2100 people worldwide, among which 90% are PhDs or Engineers, for an annual turnover of 230 M€ in 2019, of which ~20% are allocated to RTD activities.
Prime contractor for the design, integration, and operation of intelligent & cyber-protected mission-critical systems, CS is active across the entire value chain and benefits from a differentiated positioning based on the company’s main strengths:
* The capacity to engineer and integrate complex and highly critical systems.
* The complementary nature of its business lines to provide its customers with an integrated offer: consulting, design, development, integration, maintenance, training, and operations support.
* The excellence of its RTD and innovation activities.
CS’ expertise in critical systems makes it a partner of choice in the sectors of defense and security, space, as well as aeronautics, energy, and industry. Acknowledged as a very innovative company, CS participates in numerous French competitiveness clusters, as well as European Commission and ESA programs.

CS’ Simulation & eXtended Reality Unit is a business line of the Defense & Security Business Unit. Created as soon as in 1994 by CS, this group was one of the main industrial pioneers in the field of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and simulation. After 15 years of incubation within CS, this department gained the critical size and maturity to continue its development with full autonomy in the frame of DIGINEXT until 2020 when it merged with CS Defense & Security Business Unit to become a global leader in the X-Reality domain. This unit regroups today more than 100 PhDs and engineers specialized in Virtual and Augmented Reality systems and real-time computer graphics. It is among the world’s top-ranking RTD industrial centers with internationally acknowledged experts, and results presented in the most prestigious journals and conferences (e.g. SIGGRAPH, Eurographics, IEEE VR). CS is today one of the few members of the Microsoft Mixed Reality program.
It features world-class expertise and industrial references in the following fields:
* Situational awareness, common operational picture including 2D/3D/4D cartography, GIS, and digital twins
*Training and e-learning, serious games, interactive storytelling
*Virtual, Augmented and eXtended Realities
*Situational awareness, common operational picture including 2D/3D/4D cartography, GIS, and digital twins
*Live, virtual and constructive simulation
Its business development is supported by intense R&D activities. Since its creation, this unit has been involved or is still involved, as a co-ordinator or as a partner, in multiple EC funded projects (e.g. STEPWISE, SAFEPASS, ALADDIN, RANGER, MATHISIS, MAGELLAN, VASCO, INACHUS, eVacuate, INDIGO, CRIMSON, CHESS, V-City, ESS, BESST, WAVE, INSCAPE, V-Planet, V-Man, VISTA, VISICADE, etc.) that have produced most of the products the company is currently commercially exploiting.

Type of stakeholder for the project (also more than one)

B.1 – Large enterprises : X

Type of expected exploitation (describe your early expectation)

The innovations proposed in the Augmented Reality module represent significant progress in terms of support to mobile operational units evolving in the field. They have significant impact potential and commercial value. They will enable CS to progress against the state-of-the-art and strengthen its competitiveness by offering a cutting-edge mobile AR system for the support and remote assistance of First Responders operating in critical conditions. The commercial exploitation of these results will be performed in the Crimson product line ( by CS throughout its own network of resellers, its partnerships with major global industrials such as Thales, ATOS, Airbus, Leonardo, etc., and the community of Crimson clients that acts as multipliers.

BUS (business exploitation):

Identified value proposition:

The FASTER Augmented Reality module aims at providing increased situational awareness to First Responders in the field, while at the same time keeping their hands available for other tasks.


We have identified some competitors that have developed some overlapping functionalities:

  • EON reality (augmented reality for First Responders training)
  • Edgybees (augmented reality information applied on video streams taken from drones)

C-Thru (augmented reality headset that help First Responders see though smoke)

Early proposed market strategy:

Augmented Reality applications are now booming in various economic sectors such as gaming, retail or MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations). In all these sectors, AR applications can be used in controlled environments where lighting conditions are good and the environment is known.  However, applications for first responders operating in critical conditions are still in the development phase. Many technical bottlenecks need to be tackled before commercial applications can reach the market, in particular, the capacity for AR applications to work in uncontrolled environments. CS will build on its expertise in the building of Augmented Reality applications to successfully reach a relevant proof of concept demonstrating the potential benefits of AR for First Responders in the field.

Being one of the partner of this project what is your feeling in terms of:

Project strength point:

  • An

Project opportunities:  

Existing constraints:

  • End-users have to be technology ready and with a strong motivation so as to exploit as a whole the knowledge sharing platform functionalities.
  • Collaboration and knowledge-sharing services and tools problems with their implementation within the time and cost constraints.
  • According to System Integration, the end-users do not accept the system because it is not usable or it doesn’t satisfy their needs. 
  • A management constraint is about the diverging objectives between technical and pilots teams.