Thales picked to secure Muscat International Airport

End to end security system complemented by fully redundant data centres

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Thales picked to secure Muscat International Airport A state-of-the-art security infrastructure was an integral part of modernisation of the Muscat International Airport.
By  David Ndichu Published  August 6, 2018

Thales has deployed an end-to-end physical security system at the new Muscat International Airport in Oman.

The technologies provided by Thales focus on the Airport Operation Control Centres and include a 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 a server farm and 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.

All systems provided by Thales at Muscat International Airport have gone through a total of 45 operational readiness tests, incorporating over 26,000 participants, successfully meeting and surpassing all expectations and standards, the company said.

This implementation is the latest in a list of projects Thales has implemented in the region, cementing its position as a major Airport Master System Integrator and a leading airport security provider in the region. Thales secures some of the most high-profile infrastructure projects within the MENA region, such as the airports in Dubai and Doha, the new commercial port in Doha and oil and gas sites in Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Iraq and Eurasia.

Recent reports state that the Muscat 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. This growth in visitor arrivals is complemented by an increase in aircraft movement, with Oman Air announcing the addition of new routes and fleet to serve Europe and North Africa.

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