Thales, SITA to enhance security at Bahrain airport

June 6, 2017 - 

Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications has selected Thales and SITA to provide the security and operations management system — which will include biometrics and other technologies — for Bahrain International Airport.

The ministry launched the Airport Modernization Program in 2015 with an end goal to significantly improve Bahrain International Airport’s infrastructure and services.

This ongoing program includes the development of a new passenger terminal and the expansion and renovation of the existing terminal.

With 14 million passengers a year expected by 2020, airport authorities at Bahrain International Airport are tasked with improving the security and safety of all the passengers, airlines and staff, as well as making the airport operations more manageable and efficient.

As the master system integrator, Thales will deliver a security system that ensures continuity of operations, centralizes the airport operations management and adheres to all safety and security requirements.

The system will use smart data processing to provide the operators with a real time security and operations situation awareness.

The security system will be equipped with all the advanced technologies needed for airport management, including smart video protection, access control and biometrics, IT and telecommunication infrastructures.

Leveraging the system’s decision support tools and procedures, the airport operators will be able to respond to emergencies more effectively and faster, as well as monitor airport performances.

Thales will ensure end-to-end protection of the global solution, providing real time counter-measures against the most advanced cyber-attacks.

In March, SITA formed the Secure Journeys Working Group, a new initiative aimed at addressing growing airport security threats in the United States.

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