SAFE Cluster (Security and Aerospace actors for the Future of Earth) is a French competitiveness cluster, operating as a non-profit association, located in the South-East of France (PACA Region), where high standard security and defence industries are located, as well as a strong part of the French Civil Protection (national CBRNE training centre, national fire-fighter officer academy, national resources and command centres).
SAFE gathers a network of 450+ members including companies (SMEs, medium companies and large groups – 60%), research and academia partners, mainly from the areas of security, environmental protection and aerospace industry and practitioners (civil protection & fire and rescue services, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA), local authorities, critical infrastructures). Through reuniting suppliers and customers of integrated security solutions, SAFE addresses security issues with a trans-sectoral approach, as well as an understanding and vision of innovation driven by an end-user perspective, while reinventing new business models.
The expertise of SAFE lies in its market knowledge, the dense network of partners and the dedicated tools and methodologies that have been developed. To support the development of its members, SAFE offers dedicated support, tailored to the need of each member, made of a wide panel of actions ranging from the emergence of research and innovation projects, to the search of technology partners and financing, including also coaching, support to business plan and international development.
SAFE has based its added value on its capacity to build links and bridges between end-users, experts, scientists and technology providers.