Thales reveals its role in securing Muscat airport’s new terminal
The company specialises in providing integrated security and telecommunications solutions for critical infrastructures
Thales has provided several aspects of security technologies at the modernised Muscat International Airport, which opened in March 2018.
The technologies provided by Thales, focus on the airport operation control centres and include an advanced perimeter intrusion detection system, video surveillance system with video analytics, access control, screening equipment, e-gates, security check points, as well as a full airport IT suite that manages airport operations supported by an information broker to handle integration and communications between systems.
The infrastructure is complemented by fully redundant data centres, including the server farms and the storage area network, access and backbone network as well as trunked radio systems and network security appliances to ensure high performance, reliability and quality of services.
This new expansion was aimed to service the 17% increase in passenger arrivals per annum.
Recent reports state that the airport witnessed a growth in annual passenger arrivals of 17% in 2017 to 14 million compared to 2016.
Following the latest expansion, including the new 580,000 square metres terminal, the airport is now fully equipped to manage 20 million annual visitors, helping the Sultanate realise their goals in line with their National Strategy for Tourism 2040.
“We are delighted to have partnered with Muscat International Airport to meet the needs for integrated security and operations protocols at the new airport. Through our industry leading solutions, we are ensuring efficient operations and the safety and security of the overall infrastructure as well as that of the passengers. We’d like to thank the Authorities in Oman, the Ministry of Transport and Communication of Oman (MOTC) and Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) as due to our partnership we are able to continue supporting their efforts in the development of major infrastructure projects within the country.” Roger Daix, VP of Thales Middle East
Thales also secures critical infrastructure within the MENA region, such as the airports in Dubai and oil and gas sites in Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Iraq and Eurasia.