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Research & Development


Since its creation IDS has been investing more than 20% of its turnover in research and development programmes to guarantee its competitive margin. The IDS laboratories are responsible for R&D activities. Every year the IDS divisions and the Laboratories define products strategy and decide the necessary budget. IDS's management is committed to ensuring that R&D teams have the best structure and financial support.

Innovation has always been embedded in IDS’s corporate culture and continues to drive the growth of its business. It pervades every aspect of the company’s activities, but is mainly embodied in the IDS Laboratories: brainstorming, free thinking, continuous on-site testing, co-design and continuous learning are the keywords that best describe the IDS Labs approach.
IDS’s divisions rely on 9 Labs that work in an integrated environment to design and develop framework products. These software environments are entirely dedicated to software designers based on CAD and calculation tools to ensure that our customers get the best and most-advanced solutions on the market.

IDS Laboratories:

Computation Electromagnetic and Antenna Design Laboratory(CEML)

The CEML lab is responsible for electromagnetic modeling and numerical simulation with a focus on improving the interpretation of EM phenomena on naval, airborne, space and ground platforms. The lab provides consultancy services on innovative antenna design processes and EM solvers for space applications (see space lab) commercializing a software suite, the Antenna Design Framework – ElectroMagnetic Satellite (ADF-EMS), which has been developed for the European Space Agency with whom the lab has been collaborating for 20 years.

Electromagnetic System Design and Framework (EM FWK) Laboratory

The EM FWK lab is dedicated to the continuous development and/or the conception and design of electromagnetic technologies (material, plasma) for RCS reduction, RCS modeling and EM compatibility and is responsible for ensuring that IDS frameworks like VIRAF, E-MIND, VEMAF, EMACS, ADF and SHIP-EDF stay ahead of the competition. To ensure this, the laboratory is also involved in research activities in the field of applied electromagnetics and in the development of prototypes for the validation of design processes.

Computational Geometry and Systems Laboratory

The core activities of this lab focus on solving the computational geometry challenges which form the basis of 3D modeling and meshing tools and visualization tools developed for the IDS frameworks. The lab supports the Air Navigation division with the development of an innovative framework for flight procedure design and ground pre-validation tools and the Aeronautical division in the design and development of components for the IDS Digital Moving Maps.

Radar Systems Laboratory

The Radar Systems Lab (RSL) studies, analyses, and creates new radar & system concepts for new performances and functionalities in the fields of defence, security, civilian and environmental applications. In particular, technology research is mainly targeted at a broad spectrum of radar techniques, high resolution radar imaging, interferometry principles and applications, antennas, high data rate acquisition, processing and adaptive and cognitive technologies.
Main application fields are Defence, Homeland Security and Transport Safety.
The lab coordinates the Antenna and Radiofrequency Labs, dedicated to the development of innovative and state of the art technologies for IDS’s radar solutions.

Signature Technologies Laboratory

The Signature Technologies Lab (STL) analyses, designs and develops software applications for the fully automatic rendering of information contained in signals and imagery (Target Signature Management System, Automatic Target Recognition, Change Detection, Multi-sensor Data Fusion) acquired by remote sensors in the field of defence, security and environmental applications.

Avionics (Real-time and Synthetic Vision Systems) Laboratory

The Avionics Lab's capabilities span the conception, design and development for system simulators with 3D virtual reality graphic visualisation such as multi aircraft cockpit simulators and airport simulators, real time processing for Digital Moving Map and radar system. It supports the design and development activities for the Aeronautical and Air Navigation Divisions and Radar System Lab.

Air Navigation Systems Laboratory

The lab is devoted to ensuring that the Air Navigation division offers the most advanced and updated solutions on the market. In particular, the lab works on hardware and software configurations specifically aimed at serving ANSP needs.

Measurement Laboratory

The Lab is focused on providing electromagnetic as well as other kinds of measurement services, responding to specific requirements through an in-depth analysis of each customer's needs; with the goal of optimizing any solution at system level by effectively managing procedures, instruments and hardware as well as software tools.
IDS measurement solutions are designed to be closely integrated with other IDS products and services, in particular with frameworks and prediction tools.
Comprehensive facilities allow the provision of tangible benefits to customers through better services and in supporting product development.

Structural Laboratory

The lab has more than 10 years experience and is responsible for structural analysis and mechanical design, particularly in the aeronautical sector. The Structural Laboratory which was originally set up as the Aeromechanical Department of the Aeronautical Division and is now a full lab, supports IDS's divisions and labs on mechanical and structural issues.