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Singapore Airshow 2020: Astronautics Launches CyberSmart-ATHENA

Cyber/AI Airborne Hardware for Embedded Solutions

At the Singapore Airshow next week, Astronautics will formally launch CyberSmart ATHENA – a cyber/artificial intelligence (AI) airborne computer (CA2C) hardware solution for military and security airborne applications. The company will also highlight its avionics cyber-protection solution, CyberSmart-1000.

The ATHENA platform consists of an embedded inference engine that efficiently runs cyber and/or AI algorithms, together with an on-board real-time computer with avionics interfaces – including 1553 and ARINC-429 – suitable for use in an airborne environment. This enables third-party cyber solutions providers to run their algorithms on a fully-qualified airborne computer, resulting in advanced in-flight functionality, including: video-image recognition; a threat-driven, dynamic decision-support system; smart responses for processes based on advanced threat analysis; automation of complex processes; the making of smart system recommendations/decisions and more – all from a single piece of hardware.

CyberSmart-1000 is a unique cyberattack detection device, specifically designed to handle cyber threats against any airborne platform. Deployed within the platform’s communication channels, the system detects anomalies or abnormal operations which indicate a cyberattack, malware activation or attempt to jeopardise normal operations, issuing a real-time alert if a cyberattack is imminent.

First and foremost, Astronautics’ avionics systems have been developed to enable mission completion and protection of […] airborne forces,” states Menachem Donner, the company’s Director of Business Development. “Our cyber/AI computer is one of the first examples of airborne cyber hardware, supporting any system integrator that wishes to incorporate their own cyber algorithms into a real-time avionic system […] Our CyberSmart-1000 cyber alert solutions have been developed in a collaborative project by the company’s avionics and cyber teams, providing vital advanced solutions for protecting operational platforms against cyberattacks. Based on proprietary algorithms and real-time analysis of data and electrical signals over the avionics platform, it enables complete cyber protection of the platform.”

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