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Bahrain hires French firm to supply security at expanded airport

Appointment of Thales is part of $1.1bn airport modernisation programme which will double capacity by 2020

Bahrain hires French firm to supply security at expanded airport

Bahrain's Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications has hired French technology firm Thales and SITA to provide the security and operations management system for Bahrain International Airport.

The appointment is part of the $1.1 billion airport modernisation programme which will double capacity from 7 million to 14 million passengers per year by 2020.

The ongoing programme includes the construction of a new passenger terminal and the expansion and refurbishment of the existing terminal.

Under the new agreement, Thales will deliver a security system ensuring continuity of operations, centralising the airport operations management and meeting all of the safety and security requirements, a statement said.

It added that the security system will be embedded with all the cutting-edge technologies needed for airport management such as smart video-protection, access control and biometrics, IT and telecommunication infrastructures.

Thales will also provide real time counter-measures against the most sophisticated cyber-attacks.

In March, Thales was selected to upgrade and extend the signalling system on Dubai Metro's Red Line.

The company was hired by Alstom, leader of the Expolink consortium, and Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) to deliver the systems’ extension as part of plans for the rail network to serve the Expo 2020 site.

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