ECA Group, subsidiary of Groupe Gorgé, receives the Innovation Trophy at the Euronaval tradeshow for "STERNA", an application for the IT180 unmanned aerial vehicle in the naval defence sector | Bourse Reflex
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ECA Group, subsidiary of Groupe Gorgé, receives the Innovation Trophy at the Euronaval tradeshow for "STERNA", an application for the IT180 unmanned aerial vehicle in the naval defence sector

Mardi 18 Oct 2016 à 11:00

Jean-Yves Le Drian, French minister of Defence, awarded the Innovation Trophy this morning to ECA Group during the inauguration of the Euronaval tradeshow for their patent baptized STERNA®. This patent combines the use of an UAV (for example, the UAV IT180) and a magnetic sensor carried by the drone to measure a ship's magnetism.
This patent is the fruit of a joint effort between ECA Group and EOST (Ecole et Observatoire des Sciences de la Terre), the French School and Observatory for Earth Sciences, in the scope of a partnership related to magnetism in the naval sector.


The IT180 drone is a mini rotary-wing UAV that can be easily operated from any ship due to its compact size and its high-accuracy navigation even in strong winds. Moreover, it can be configured to operate in a tethered version (UAV IT180-999) to act as a radio relay or to detect drifting mines, for example.


The innovation rewarded today by this trophy consists in having this drone carry a magnetic sensor able to measure a ship's magnetism while performing an aerial survey by a drone. Having a low magnetic signature is essential for these ships in order to avoid exploding on mines able to detect a magnetic mass. Measuring a ship's magnetism is therefore important as it enables the adjustment of onboard compensation systems in order to modify its magnetism to the lowest possible values.


Using this innovation, any vessel equipped with an UAV IT180 will be able to verify and periodically adjust its magnetism as often as possible while today this is only possible at submarine bases which are often a fixed or permanent facility.


This innovation is rooted in a multi-task approach of the IT180 in the naval sector. Any ship can accommodate the IT180 as a technical tool capable of performing various tasks serving the ship's crew or its mission:

- Interception of suspicious vessels;

- Detection of drifting mines;

- Measure a ship's magnetism;

- Radar calibration;

- Radio relay for communications with aerial or surface drones;

- Recovery of data from underwater drones (DRONECOM patent);

- Coastal (land) surveillance.


Watch our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_9mqCwp-WM


The UAV IT180 and its applications for the naval sector are presented this week at the 2016 Euronaval tradeshow at ECA Group's booth: H73-F70.

A conference dedicated to the STERNA® solution will be held October 18th at 14:30 at ECA Group's booth.



Disclaimer

This press release could contain statements on past events and forward-looking statements including statements regarding future goals or targets. Forward-looking statements reflect current expectations for results and future events.

Such forward-looking statements and targets depend on known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those anticipated herein. All these risks and uncertainties could affect the Group's future ability to achieve its targets. Risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results anticipated in the forward-looking statements and targets include, among other things: the risks and uncertainties possibly mentioned in this press release; the strength of competition; the growth of the market; currency fluctuations; interest rate fluctuations; raw materials and freight price fluctuations; armed conflicts or political instability; control of costs and expenses; changes in tax legislation, rules, regulation or enforcement; our ability to successfully keep pace with technology changes; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel and key-men; the evolution, interpretation and uniform application and enforcement of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), according to which we prepare our financial statements; supply chain bottlenecks; the performance of our business partners (subcontractors, agents, suppliers, etc.).

Some of these risk factors are set forth and detailed in our Document de Référence (Registration Document including the annual financial report filed with the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers). This list of risks, uncertainties and other factors is not limitative. Other non-anticipated, unknown or unforeseeable factors could also have material adverse effect on our targets. The Group expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements or targets potentially contained in this press release to reflect any change in events, conditions, assumptions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.

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About Groupe Gorgé

Established in 1990, Group Gorgé is an industrial group operating in different areas of expertise:

Smart Safety Systems – Using technology to work in risk environments;

Protection in Nuclear Environments – Protecting people and securing buildings operating with radioactive materials;

Industrial Projects & Services Conducting Robotics and Fire protection systems projects for industry and service-sector player;

3D PrintingEnabling major industry players to find new routes to successful innovation and production processes by providing systems, 3D printers and new premium material.

In 2015, the Group reported revenue of €264.5 million. It is backed by 1,536 employees and operations in over ten countries.

More information available on www.groupe-gorge.com



Groupe Gorgé is listed on Euronext Paris and on the US OTC market in the form of ADR.

Euronext Paris:
Compartment B.
isin code: FR0000062671
Ticker code: GOE
US OTC market:
CUSIP NUMBER: 399451 103
ISIN NUMBER: US3994511034
Ticker Code: GGRGY / GGRGF



Contacts

Groupe Gorgé - Raphaël GORGÉ – ceo & Chairman - Tél. : +33 1 44 77 94 77 - E-mail : contact@groupe-gorge.com

Actus Finance – Natacha MORANDI – Analysts/Investors Relations - Tél. : +33 1 53 67 36 94 - E-mail : nmorandi@actus.fr

Actus Finance – Jean-Michel MARMILLON – Press Relations - Tél. : +33 1 53 67 36 73 - E-mail : jmmarmillon@actus.fr

Image 7 – Lauranne Guirlinger – Press relations – Tél. : +33 1 53 70 74 18 – E-mail : lguirlinger@image7.fr



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