Saab and Universitas Indonesia Sign MoU to Collaborate

Defence and security company Saab and the Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia join forces to sign an MoU on academic collaboration on Thursday, 17 March 2016.This futher adds to Saab’s portfolio in academic collaborations with prominent Indonesian universities.

A focus group discussion is also held in conjunction with the event titled “Promoting safer and more secure waterways with the implementation of high technology in Sea Traffic Management”. The discussion will centre on sea traffic management and maritime security issues in Indonesia and aims at identifying the present situation and what steps need to be taken to be prepared for the future. The group will further brainstorm on how Indonesia can curb the ever-growing threat in its vast seas from piracy, drug trafficking, border offenders and other violations. Saab is presenting the MONA LISA, a concept of sea traffic management made possible by applying the Triple Helix philosophy. Through this, industry, academia and government collaborate to achieve their common goals. The MONA LISA will be presented by the Chalmers University, the Royal Institute of Technology KTH and SSPA – a specialised Swedish provider of maritime solutions.

The focus group will involve Indonesian government officials from the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs, the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, the Indonesian Navy, the Ministry of Defence and the Sea Defence Authority (Bakamla). Invitees also include stakeholders from the private sector who operate in the maritime domain, as well as other Indonesian and Swedish academic institutions.

Keynote speaker of this event will be the Chief Commander of the West Armada, Rear Admiral Achmad Taufiqoerrochman and The Minister of Transportation, Ignasius Jonan.

“We are very proud once again to be able to take on a partnership with a prominent Indonesian academic institution, Universitas Indonesia. Saab has a long track record of collaborating with universities around the world to develop world class products and solutions that have benefits to civil society and also military applications”, says Peter Carlqvist, Head of Saab Indonesia.

“Indonesia is a big country with a vast sea region that covers more area than continental Europe. This makes traffic management crucial in guarding the nation’s sovereignty. The MONA LISA is a prime example to support security issues. By collaborating with government agencies such as the Swedish Maritime Administration and academic institutions such as KTH and Chalmers University in a Triple Helix context, we are able to achieve this ground breaking innovation to keep sea traffic safer,” added Carlqvist.

During 2015, Saab also signed a Letter of Intent with Universitas Pertahanan and Institut Teknologi Bandung, aside from a recent collaborative venture with the government-run agency for the assessment and application of technology, BPPT (Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi) and co-hosted a seminar on simulation technology and geo-data handling. The MoU signing with Universitas Indonesia is another commitment of Saab to work with Indonesian academia and to support the University with innovative Swedish technology and bilateral collaboration between Indonesia and Sweden. Additionally, Saab has been invited to guest lecture at Universitas Pertahanan (Unhan) on 16 March 2016 on Sea Traffic Management.


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