Leonardo accelerates on digitization: “From a data driven economy driven by competitiveness”

The Polo of national competence from which to develop the main programs and processes of the Group was presented in Genoa by Alessandro Profumo

Leonardo accelerates on the digital transformation of the Aerospace, Defense and Security (Ad & S) industry and consolidates the Polo of national competence in Genoa from which to develop the main programs and processes of the Group. Leonardo’s goal is “to increase technological and product competitiveness” by focusing on the “data-driven economy” and “the enhancement of data” to strengthen the company’s core activities and implement digital transformation. This is the new frontier, the “pulsating soul”, as CEO Alessandro Profumo defined it, which sees Leonardo engaged and on which the presentation of the Polo for digitization in Genoa has focused, where, in the Fiumara Tower, the Italian giant has installed the davinci-1, Leonardo’s new supercomputer included in the top 100 in the world for computing power and performance. Present today in the Ligurian capital, in addition to CEO Profumo, Carlo Cavazzoni, head of Hpc davinci-1, and Tommaso Profeta, head of the Cybersecurity division. Leonardo’s drive towards digitalization, in line with the Be Tomorrow 2030 strategic plan, “is based on and develops from the synergy of key skills and infrastructures” starting with the HPC-High Performance Computer davinci-1, “equipped with an architecture that integrates the flexibility of the cloud with the capabilities of supercomputing and technologies in the cyber security field”. Strategic assets at the heart of the Leonardo Lab, the long-term Research and Development network with the highest innovative content, focused on eight research areas and involving about 60 young researchers.

Today, it was underlined during the meeting in Genoa, the frontier of the digitalization of the Ad & S industry “is represented by the creation of digital twins of its platforms and technologies to accelerate design, improve performance, optimize maintenance in a predictive key, increase simulation potential (up to the possibility of certification by simulation in the aerospace field) and virtualize training “. The modeling of product behaviors such as for example the aircraft, both fixed-wing and rotary-wing, through big data, numerical simulation and Ia are for Leonardo “the most advanced point in this direction”. The ability to “process and correlate information from products in use and simulations in a virtual environment” is enabling Leonardo to “accelerate the design and innovation of materials (lightness and strength), performance (aerodynamics and energy saving) and customer care (maintenance and pilot training in augmented reality)”. The behemoth found that “the use of these techniques in the analysis of flight data allowed, for example, to develop advanced applications for the management of helicopter fleets (about 5,000 units worldwide) that optimize performance and maintenance activities “. Maintenance” takes a decisive step towards predictive maintenance “and” remote support capabilities “through collaborative digital platforms also based on augmented reality devices.” For aircraft such as fixed wing predictive analysis through sensors and precision electronic systems is expanding to the dynamic evaluation of the individual components of the aircraft “added Leonardo explaining that the goal is to “accelerate the so-called ‘digital transformation’ of the activities and technical processes of logistic support” and offer “the infrastructure suitable for the progressive implementation of artificial intelligence tools aimed at a continuous improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of maintenance operations”. The simulation of the simultaneous take-off and landing of several helicopters on aircraft carriers and the predictive models of the formation of ice on the wings “are two of the most significant examples of the applications developed in the field of virtual modeling” remarked the technological giant. The combination of all these skills, added Leonardo, “is at the basis of the development of the new generation of aircraft conceived as a ‘system of systems’ capable of high interconnection with other systems and interoperability even with unmanned platforms”. “The numerical simulation combined with the data analysis in the perspective of the digital twin also affects the production chains” and in this direction Leonardo recalled that he is carrying out “a project of digitization and interconnection of the design and production processes of the production line of ATR aircraft” at the Pomigliano d’Arco plant, near Naples.

High Performance Computing (Hpc), data, Artificial Intelligence and cyber resilience “are strategic assets at the base of the current digital industrial revolution, in which it is necessary to invest and bring together an increasingly broad ecosystem of public-private subjects, with the aim of better managing this critical phase of development, a key element for sustainable growth from an environmental, economic and social point of view. “These assets, Leonardo noted, “when enriched with new skills, they can also be decisive in new industrial and application fields, including health, given the need for shared and secure data (electronic health record), telemedicine applications (rehabilitation and surgical robotics), predictive and epidemiological analyzes (epidemic management, precision medicine, genomics). A sector that in Genoa sees one of the most specialized and fertile areas of development. “In this context, Leonardo recalled that “actively participates in projects, the result of specific agreements, including the collaboration with Dompé Farmaceutici for the construction of the first national digital health security infrastructure core

with cloud architecture, with Movendo Technology, a biomedical company and, finally, with Iit at the Human technologies laboratories, as well as participating in European research projects in the Digital Health field “.

Meanwhile, one of the most prospective frontiers linked to research activities on robotics and quantum computing is advancing in Leonardo Labs. Two sectors that constitute “a technological accelerator and a key element for business development in multiple domains: from cyber security to defense electronics to space” explains Leonardo. In particular in Genoa – where today Leonardo presented the pole of national competence for the digitization of the Aerospace, Defense and Security (Ad & s) industry – in robotics, the existing projects, carried out in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Technology and the University of Genoa, concern the creation of adaptive robots to be used in complex production environments, with the aim of improving the safety of operators, the flexibility of use in unstructured environments, unforeseen situations and critical environmental conditions, and the ability to act independently. The main applications are in the aerospace, civil protection, security and defense sectors. In addition, g
ensuring IT security is essential to extract all the value contained in the data ensuring operational continuity is a strategic objective that Leonardo targets in Genoa, where is it one of the key nodes of the network of cyber security centers of our aerospace technology giant. Right in the Ligurian capital, Leonardo, as well as in Rome, Chieti, Florence, Milan and Bristol, designs and develops solutions to protect both corporate information assets and strategic infrastructures and institutions from multi-domain threats, contributing to their secure digitalization. There are over 5,000 networks and 70,000 cyber-protected users by Leonardo in 130 countries. In Italy alone, around 90,000 security events are monitored per second and over 1,500 alarms are managed per day. In this context, explains the global high-tech Italian company, “digital twin technologies are used to virtualize the IT infrastructures to be protected and to test products and solutions to respond to cyber attacks”.