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Infosys ties up with ADA for defence software: Exclusive team to market Autolay

Vishwanath Kulkarni


SOFTWARE major Infosys Technologies Ltd is expected to set up a separate team of 15-20 professionals to upgrade, add more features and market the Autolay software product, which it has acquired from the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).

The state-owned ADA has signed a 10-year contract with Infosys for transferring Autolay, one of the spin-offs of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) technologies, along with the associated intellectual property rights. The move is mainly aimed at commercialising defence technologies and leveraging the R&D base of the Government, sources at ADA said.

The arrangement could fetch both the parties up to as high as $5 million in the current year, they said. Infosys and ADA have a revenue-sharing agreement over this niche product.

The proposed team at Infosys would consist of a core team of 5-10 fulltime scientists from ADA, sources said. ``We plan to have long-lasting relationship with Infosys,'' they added.

Autolay, a commercial product used in high performance structural systems, is an integrated automated software system for design and development of 3-D laminated composite elements. The software has been developed with over 300 years of man-efforts over the last 13 years.

Infosys is expected to further develop the Autolay software, enhancing its features to interface with other related tools and programs as well as increase applicability in related areas.

Last year, ADA sources said, Airbus Industrie had chosen the Autolay software for designing its 600-seater A-380 aircraft. ADA had also signed a $3.2 million non-exclusive agreement with PTC for marketing the Autolay product last year.

Infosys will use the Autolay software for client projects and application and has the mandate from ADA to commercialise the product globally.

``Autolay product is specific to composite material and would find increased use in the automotive and aerospace industry'' said Mr S. Gopalakrishnan, COO, Infosys.

``We are glad that we are able to take Autolay to international markets through our world class quality systems, technological expertise and network of clients worldwide,'' he added.

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