Ness Technologies joins as project coordinator of CATO

Ness Technologies, a worldwide provider of information technology solutions, has joined as the project coordinator for the CATO project for the management of non-conventional crises related to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents.

CATO, which stands for CBRN Architecture, Technologies and Operational Procedures, is co-financed under the European Commission's 7th Framework Program. The research and development project connects 25 European companies and organizations with the goal of effective CBRN crisis collaboration.

The purpose of the project is to create a comprehensive open toolbox to deal with CBRN terrorist attacks that use non-conventional weapons. The project uses the toolbox to effectively share information and operational picture. The toolbox serves as an infrastructure for a customized decision support system that can be adapted to financial, political, organizational, local and national constraints and to different exposure levels of CBRN threats.

"Ness was appointed to the CATO project as project coordinator due to its status as a global leading C4I solutions company with special expertise in crisis management command and control solutions," Michael Zinderman, the president of Ness Technologies and System Groups, said. "In a CBRN crisis every second counts, and precise and immediate situation awareness is crucial."

Ness Technologies will develop the main components of the CATO toolbox and knowledge base. The company will also act as the integrator of the CATO DSS.

Ness Technologies has approximately 7,000 employees and customers in more than 20 countries.