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ARTEX: ARmy Technological EXperimentation

21 June, 2024 | Campo Militar de Santa Margarida

Location: Campo Militar de Santa Margarida

ARTEX: ARmy Technological EXperimentation

The Portuguese Army is conducting the 2nd edition of the ARTEX (ARmy Technological EXperimentation) through CEMTEx (Army Technological Experimentation Center). This event is dedicated to and open to the national business, technological, and academic sectors, contributing to research and development activities while boosting the national defense economy.

ARTEX aims to strengthen the Army’s connection with entities from the National Scientific and Technological System (SCTN) and the Defense Technological and Industrial Base (BTID). The exercise involves experimenting with technological solutions with potential military applications still in development, excluding those already available on the market.

The goal is to identify solutions that address gaps in the land force’s capabilities, thus continuing the Army’s modernization process.

By fostering collaboration between the Army and various scientific and technological entities, ARTEX plays a crucial role in the ongoing enhancement and innovation of national defense capabilities, focusing on research and development.

Capgemini Solution Tested at ARTEX

Capgemini Portugal has introduced an innovative private 5G network solution at ARTEX. This solution can operate on specific frequency bands allocated by NATO or various other bands as a cognitive radio. This solution interconnects all network components, protocols, and services, creating a customized tactical bubble tailored for different use cases while protecting against existing signal noise and RF interference attacks.

In this setup, device access is managed through an AI-powered central gateway that performs image recognition, providing real-time field information to the Operations Center. This enables communication for ground equipment in areas lacking any network infrastructure, utilizing a 5G base station with the necessary flexibility and adaptability to operate in the most challenging conditions.

Missions will benefit from a more efficient communications network by collecting metrics and utilizing machine learning. Additionally, this private network facilitates secure message exchanges using post-quantum methods to prevent attacks by quantum computers.