Systemic collapse is a catastrophic failure of an entire system, or network, that is triggered by an event causing severe structural instability which can impair its functioning on a large scale and for prolonged periods of time.

Ontonix analyses large and critical systems and infrastructures in order to provide a quantitative and near real time assessment and indicators of:

  • Systemic complexity
  • Resistance to shocks (endogenous and/or exogenous)
  • Critical complexity (the level of complexity at which a given system inevitably becomes non-governable)
  • Complexity drivers (a ranked list of potential problem sources)
  • Complexity Map

Examples of systems we are able to monitor, analyse and determine their distance from potential systemic collapse:

  • States
  • Critical infrastructures (energy distribution, telecommunication network, traffic systems, water distribution, etc.). See example
  • Large IT networks
  • Economies

The uniqueness of our approach is that not only we measure and monitor the principal characteristic of these systems - their complexity - we analyze them all together, capturing their interactions in a truly integrated 'system of systems' perspective.

Our goal is to:

  • Prevent systemic catastrophic collapses
  • Guarantee structural stability of large and critical systems
  • Identify pre-crisis and pre-collapse signals
  • Provide assistance in Crisis and Situation Management 


"The system is designed for speed and decisiviness. It is not designed to debate the decision"

Michael Hayden, Former CIA Director


Systemic, or catastrophic collapse is of concern not only in economy or when it comes to the protection of a country's critical infrastructure. A modern battle field is a highly dynamic, complex, energy-intensive and information-rich process involving human and technological resources and equipment. The key characteristic - complexity - is one that today may be measured in real-time, providing a rapid, systemic decision-support system. In effect, complexity may be used to select strategies, tactics or options, in a way that reduces battle complexity over time, the condition sine-qua-non, to win.


A modern battlefield is flooded with information. Our QCM technology makes it possible to use this data and to pinpoint in real-time:

  • Principal sources of complexity
  • Concentrations of fragility and vulnerability
  • Enemy hubs
  • Anomalies

Military operations are executed in an information environment increasingly complicated by the electromagnetic spectrum. A complexity analysis of such information can provide new and vital insights, identifying low-complexity offensive and/or defensive tactics and strategies.




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