C²I² Press Release
With the advent of the new SA, expertise acquired by defence contractors in designing and implementing systems for the military is now available to potential customers in central government and local authorities.
This means is that any organ of state requiring a superior quality computing system, for whatever purpose, can obtain a ‘military-strength’ solution for a competitive price.
So says Richard Young, Managing Director of C²I² Systems, a Cape Town based company specialising in real-time networking solutions for mission critical applications.
One of the major opportunities facing the new South Africa is to use the country’s formidable arsenal of military technology to boost non-military sectors of the economy in line with the Reconstruction & Development Programme (RDP).
"C²I² Systems has seized this vital challenge of transforming swords into ploughshares," Young says.
The company has been a successful supplier of highly advanced systems and consulting mainly to the defence establishment for more than four years.
During this time C²I² Systems developed and deployed leading-edge systems for radar communications, radar display applications, real-time mission-critical networks and real-time shipboard management systems.
C²I² Systems believes its military customers preferred to source sophisticated technology from local rather than overseas suppliers for strategic, logistical and commercial reasons.
To meet its clients’ stringent requirements, C²I² Systems amassed a considerable array of know-how in key areas such as system, software and protocol engineering, real-time networking and man-machine interfaces.
C²I² Systems also invested heavily in cross-platform software development, which enabled the company to rapidly deploy its software products over diverse hardware and operating system platforms.
In addition, C²I² Systems embraced an object-oriented (OO) software design philosophy. This resulted in, among other things, the company accumulating an extensive pool of tried-and-tested software components that could be used again and again to build stable new systems, or enhance existing systems quickly and, hence, at a lower cost.
Most of C²I² Systems’ technology was developed in-house in accordance with appropriate international standards and industry trends.
From the outset the company’s policy was to scan the globe for promising technologies with a view to refining and applying them, in conjunction with overseas partners where relevant, for the benefit of its customers.
Prime examples include the real-time protocol XTP (Xpress Transport Protocol) and FDDI (Fibre Distributed Data Interface), which C²I² Systems was among the first to adopt.
"Now that South Africa has entered a new era, this expertise is no longer restricted to the military environment but available to any customer who requires a ‘military-strength’ computing solution – i.e. a technically advanced system offering superior quality, performance and reliability.
"A major ‘plus’ is that C²I² Systems, being born and bred in South Africa, can provide the high level of support necessary to enable customers to take full advantage of their technology investments."