French electrical system provider Thales has installed its latest end-to-end physical security system at the new Muscat International Airport in Oman.
The Ministry of Transport and Communication of Oman selected Thales to provide enhanced security at the airport after opening the new, modernised terminal in March this year.
The security technology delivered by Thales concentrates on the Airport Operation Control Centres and includes a perimeter intrusion detection system, access control, video surveillance system with analytics, screening equipment, security checkpoints and e-gates.
It also includes a full Airport IT suite, which manages airport operations supported by an information broker, to handle integration and communications between systems.
The infrastructure is supported by fully redundant data centres, which means that data is backed up in another location. This includes the server farms and the storage area network, access and backbone network and trunked radio systems and network security appliances.
All systems delivered by Thales at Muscat International Airport have undergone 45 operational readiness tests, incorporating more than 26,000 participants, successfully meeting and surpassing all expectations and standards.
Thales Middle East vice-president Roger Daix said: “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.”
Thales secures some of the main critical infrastructures including the JFK airport in New York, Paris and Lyon. The company also secures airports in Dubai and Doha.
According to recent reports, Muscat airport witnessed a growth in annual passenger arrivals of 17% in 2017 to 14 million compared to 2016.
After the latest expansion, including the new 580,000ft² terminal, the airport is able to handle 20 million passengers per annum.