The Pietro Andronico interview (CEO – Nurjana Technologies) for the magazine ID – Informazioni della Difesa (1-2017).
THE “MADE IN SARDINIA” INNOVATION
Forefront solutions on the field of advanced high-tech systems for Defence and Aerospace.
There are two monuments that make Sardinia a worldwide unicum: the nuraghes, stone towers shaped like conical truncated and the janas (or “domus de janas”), particular graves dug into the rocks. By the crasis of those famous buildings names, nowaday witnesses of the nuragic ancient population, originates the brand “Nurjana Technologies”. The company was born in Cagliari in 2012 and it is specialized in the development of advanced high-tech systems for Defence and Aerospace. Nurjana was founded by a team of senior engineers with over 15 years of experience in this environment and its name suggests a special bond with the region as CEO Pietro Andronico explains.
Mr. Andronico, as from the know-how point of view, how having the headquarter in Sardinia represents an advantage?
While preserving an international vocation, our company is established in Elmas in the province of Cagliari, an area always involved with the development of the Italian aerospace industry through its existing facilities. Indeed, the presence, close to the area, of one of the most important test and evaluation infrastructure of Europe – the Poligono Interforze Sperimentale del Salto di Quirra – offers the opportunity of having a relationship with a high-tech institutional entities and industries.
Has this cultural and technological humus contributed to the company growth?
Sure. The company is now made of a team of twenty people, which fifteen are electronic and software engineers, and it has a leading customer portfolio to which Nurjana is able to offer quality and innovation. During the first 3 years of activity, the company growth was steady in terms of revenue and work results. Compared to previous year, 2016 was closed with twice the revenue. The forecast for 2017 is to further doubling revenues by means of the acquisition of important international orders.
In those first years of activity what are the most significant projects you have developed?
Our company provides systems and services to perform activities of development, testing and training of systems more efficiently while ensuring a maximum safety. Such concepts are integrated in our Mission Management Platform (MMP) software suite, a command and control system designed and developed for simulation, trajectographic system integration (as instrumental radars, electro-optical sensors and telemetry systems) and real time data processing and display. The system architecture is based on a suite of innovative applications developed by Nurjana and installed on a Multi Sensor Central Control System (MSCCS) which allows to integrate sensors and to perform the management of the test activities. The system is fully modular and scalable and can be provided for different scopes.
What’s new in the near future on the launching ramp?
Currently we are working in further developing our MMP platform in order to add new functionalities and algorithms in the scope of Automatic Decision Support System conceived for ballistic tests. We expect to propose by the end of the year a new version which allows automation for many typical functions of a real time Mission Management, and which provides a significant reduction in decision-making time, resulting in a greater success of measurements during tests. Furthermore, to expand the area of application for our monitoring and control systems, we’ll continue on the ongoing research aimed at realizing the “Video Streaming Human Behaviour Detection”.
The company’s first steps were therefore very good. What future do you anyhow envisage for this industry?
In Italy the test framework is on a recovery phase after a stall period, due to events related to the assessment of the environmental impact which this kind of activities might have. Once this phase of uncertain tyis over by means of the in-depth work done by the Department of Defence during these years, it is desirable that existing infrastructures will allow industries to resuming the tests and experimental activities on the Italian facilities, resulting in a positive return on the specific sector economy and local industry.