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Thu 19 Apr 2007 10:24 AM

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ARINC-Thales scoops Doha airport deal

Qatar's New Doha International Airport (NDIA) has awarded a US$75million contract to an ARINC-Thales consortium for the airport's IT, security and telecommunication systems.

Qatar's New Doha International Airport (NDIA) has awarded a US$75million contract to an ARINC-Thales consortium for the airport's IT, security and telecommunication systems.

Under the terms of the deal, ARINC, a US-based transport communication and systems engineering company, will supply passenger processing systems and related technologies and build the "backbone" for exchanging information across the airport's systems and facilities.

French firm Thales will implement the safety and security system, the local area network, and the network management, with both companies working on project design and management.

Abdulaziz Mohamed Al Noaimi, chairman and managing director of the NDIA steering committee, said the committee had chosen the consortium from ARINC and Thales for its "well-proven ability to fulfil complex requirements in numbers of systems, density of management, and short deployment schedules".

Ed Montgomery, ARINC vice president for EMEA, added: "ARINC is delighted to be contributing to the NDIA project, to deploy its know-how and to exhibit the skills of its staff in an airport expected to be one of the most advanced in the world."

NDIA, scheduled to open in 2009, will replace the existing Doha airport.

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