Cmore: a home-grown partnership between Denel and the CSIR


Real-time situation awareness in the safety and security environment will in future become more effective following the local development of a new software platform.

Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime and the CSIR have concluded a strategic partnership to commercialise and market the Cmore system. The software platform was developed by the CSIR and partially funded by Armscor.

The Acting Group CEO of Denel, Zwelakhe Ntshepe, says information management is a key element of a complete command, control and communications – C3 – system. It includes the capability to secure sensitive information as well as the ability to securely share information that supports collaboration and cooperation between agencies. The Cmore platform will be on display at the Denel stand at next week’s Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition in Tshwane.

“We are combining the experience, reputation and marketing network of Denel with the specialist technology and research strengths of the CSIR to bring a home-grown solution to the local and international security environment,” says Ntshepe.

Defence and security agencies need the ability to detect events, monitor field progress, collaborate between teams and provide rapid feedback. In a complex area such as border safeguarding there is a need for a platform that facilitates interagency and community awareness to ensure coordinated responses.

Ntshepe says Denel ISM is committed to provide sovereign solutions for the protection of South Africans and the country’s assets and Cmore will offer wide applications in the justice, crime prevention and security fields.

Herman le Roux, who heads the Cmore team at the CSIR, says the platform has been under development for the past five years. “We are looking forward to work with Denel to take the shared situation awareness and collaborative platform from the laboratory to the security market.”

“Cmore helps the user to coordinate resources and provides a holistic view of the environment in real time. One screen brings together feeds from various sensors, external data sources and application to offer a coherent picture to decision-makers that can lead to quick action,” says Le Roux.