Thales is a world leader for mission critical information systems, with activities in 3 core businesses: aerospace (with all major aircraft manufacturers as customers), defence, and security (including ground transportation solutions). It employs 68000 people worldwide, and is present in 50 countries. Thales provides its customers with all the key functions in the critical information loop, from detection and processing to transmission and distribution, and including command and control, decision-support and operational analysis.

Thales Research & Technology, representing Thales in this project, plays a central role in the groups corporate organisation. Located in Palaiseau, Thales Research & Technology France employs 220 full-time staff, and some 40 doctoral students and 50 outside researchers. It develops partnerships with research teams (such as INRIA, CEA LIST, Ecole Polytechnique) according to Thales strategic priorities.