Interview with Thomas FOURQUET, Director of DIGINEXT

We want to bring together real and virtual worlds

Having graduated from an engineering school specialising in computer science, electronics and automatic control engineering (graduation in 1985) Thomas FOURQUET went straight into the field of artificial intelligence. In 1989, he joined the Naval Programming Centre as Head of Development of Naval Command Systems (AIDCOMER). In the three years that he spent in this dual institution (Navy/DGA), Thomas FOURQUET was able to observe two things that would go on to guide him throughout his professional career.

1) The rise of networks, the importance of information-sharing, the necessity of making future systems interoperable and the complexity of the process required to overcome all the technical, economic, political and even cultural obstacles.

2) The user is at the core of these systems, and specifications for such systems cannot be produced without involving the user. The Naval Programming Centre was able to offer the advantage of bringing engineers and users together in one place.

In 1993, Thomas FOURQUET established the company MOSAIC (Methods, tools and services for architecture and integration of information and communication systems). Specialising in the analysis of interoperability problems, MOSAIC developed MADIOS, the army data administration method. From 1995 focusing mainly on operation of command systems, he was concerned with the issue of interoperability of combat systems, and in particular with understanding the operation of Tactical Data Links.

In 2002, Thomas FOURQUET joined DIGINEXT as Managing Director (the company then comprised 20 employees) with the intention of continuing development to attain a position of expertise in the field of Tactical Data Links as well as other niche markets for DIGINEXT particularly in the civilian sector.

  • How have things changed since the creation of DIGINEXT in 1996! How do you see DIGINEXT today? +

    The company has gone through some remarkable changes. Thanks to the expertise of its employees, DIGINEXT has become a competitive company, due to its high level of expertise in simulation systems, operational systems and training solutions.

    Since 2005, DIGINEXT has been a member of the CS Communications & Systèmes Group. This has allowed it to make even bolder moves in its quest to move into new areas. Thanks to the CS group's recovery of the Simulation & Virtual Reality activity in 2010, DIGINEXT has demonstrated its commitment to a strategy focused on the development of increasingly innovative activities.

    DIGINEXT now has 200 employees, all of whom are very proud of what has been achieved and of being part of a company that is known and recognised internationally by its customers and partners. The company's creative and innovative spirit and its ability to listen to its customers have brought it recognition on a global scale.
  • In what way is DIGINEXT an innovative company? +

    The company has gone through some remarkable changes. Thanks to the expertise of its employees, DIGINEXT has become a competitive company, due to its high level of expertise in simulation systems, operational systems and training solutions.

    Since 2005, DIGINEXT has been a member of the CS Communications & Systèmes Group. This has allowed it to make even bolder moves in its quest to move into new areas. Thanks to the CS group's recovery of the Simulation & Virtual Reality activity in 2010, DIGINEXT has demonstrated its commitment to a strategy focused on the development of increasingly innovative activities.

    DIGINEXT now has 200 employees, all of whom are very proud of what has been achieved and of being part of a company that is known and recognised internationally by its customers and partners. The company's creative and innovative spirit and its ability to listen to its customers have brought it recognition on a global scale.
  • Exactly what are these key investments and, more generally, what are the significant events in the development of DIGINEXT? +

    The company has gone through some remarkable changes. Thanks to the expertise of its employees, DIGINEXT has become a competitive company, due to its high level of expertise in simulation systems, operational systems and training solutions.

    Since 2005, DIGINEXT has been a member of the CS Communications & Systèmes Group. This has allowed it to make even bolder moves in its quest to move into new areas. Thanks to the CS group's recovery of the Simulation & Virtual Reality activity in 2010, DIGINEXT has demonstrated its commitment to a strategy focused on the development of increasingly innovative activities.

    DIGINEXT now has 200 employees, all of whom are very proud of what has been achieved and of being part of a company that is known and recognised internationally by its customers and partners. The company's creative and innovative spirit and its ability to listen to its customers have brought it recognition on a global scale.
  • What are your objectives for the future? +

    DIGINEXT is a rapidly growing company - we look confidently towards the future. Our objective is to reinforce our growth strategy based on the market niches addressed today, and to continue our R&D endeavours in order to keep pace with, or even get ahead of, the needs of the markets. It is our ambition to be among the world leaders in each of our market niches.

    Our future growth is underpinned by the creation of strong synergy between the activities associated with the perception of reality and those derived from the field of simulation, virtual or augmented reality, and beyond. A new world can be created by combining these elements via the use of both civilian and military networks.

    The world is our playing field - to remain at the forefront of innovation, to keep ourselves efficient and competitive, our main priority is to develop partnerships in order to strengthen our position.

    DIGINEXT has high ambitions but these ambitions can only be turned into reality with the commitment of our employees and their respect for its founding ethical and human values.DIGINEXT now has 200 employees, all of whom are very proud of what has been achieved and of being part of a company that is known and recognised internationally by its customers and partners. The company's creative and innovative spirit and its ability to listen to its customers have brought it recognition on a global scale.

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