In the last three years, Thales has invested over €1bn in key digital technologies and on June 16th announced the launch of its high-tech Digital Factory to accelerate the digital transformation of Thales and its customers. Thales is committed to accelerating the digital transformation across all areas of advanced technology, enabling its customers to make the right decisions in real time. The Group has also signed a strategic cybersecurity partnership with STATION F, the world’s largest startup campus, located in Paris. In today’s rapidly changing world, the digital revolution is creating new opportunities for governments and businesses, which also face huge challenges. Thales supports them by offering high-level expertise in four key digital technologies: Internet of Things/connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. In the last three years, Thales has invested over €1 billion in these key technologies, which play a crucial role in enabling airlines, satellite operators, air traffic control organisations, urban and mainline rail operators, the armed forces and security services responsible for protecting urban infrastructure and energy supplies to make the right decisions in real time. These investments include a number of strategic acquisitions devoted to self-funded research and disruptive digital innovation. Thales announces the creation of its Digital Factory to accelerate its digital transformation and that of all customers. This new structure is a fully-fledged digital platform for industry-focused services and will bring together the best experts in key digital technologies to serve Thales’s customers on its five core markets: aerospace, space, ground transportation, defence and security. Some 150 world-class experts will be recruited internally and externally by 2018. To finance this new initiative, Thales will invest €150m over three years.