Thales, a major provider of integrated security and telecommunications solutions for critical infrastructures, has delivered phase one of the new Bahrain International Airport as part of an important modernisation project.
Built-in two phases, the Bahrain International Airport expansion covers 210,000 sqm, quadrupling the size of the existing terminal and increasing its capacity to 14m passengers annually. The project is in an important step in achieving Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 and aims to cement Bahrain’s reputation as a leading aviation hub in the region.
Over the course of 30 years, Thales has built solid partnerships with various public sector institutions in the Kingdom, including the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. It is now one of the main local partners embedded in the ecosystem of the Kingdom promoting localisation in order to develop sovereign capabilities in line with the Economic Vision 2030.
Through its local company, it intends to foster its contribution to the Kingdom’s ambitions to develop a knowledge-based economy with outstanding civil infrastructure and security, underpinned by a strong local industrial technology base to support growth, localisation and industrialisation strategies.
Thales was subcontracted for the supply of an integrated solution covering security, safety, airport operation, as well as communication and infrastructure for Bahrain International Airport terminal building, car parks and Central Utility Complex.
These technologies focus on smart security, including advanced modular solutions such as video analytics, abnormal behaviours or conditions detection, smart incident management and resource management tools. With its long experience in the air transport industry, airport security and identity management, Thales has been able to provide an integrated offer to secure and improve all airport operations.
By enhancing the centralisation of operations management, Bahrain International Airport can ensure the continued flow of traffic within the airport while meeting all the requirements of large businesses. This will also lead to reduced waiting times while ensuring the best possible safety conditions, improving passenger experience and increasing infrastructure performance. Thales solutions also enable the production of relevant performance indicators (KPIs) to inform decision-makers in real-time and make the organization more efficient.
Alan Correa, Managing Director of Thales Bahrain, said: “We have ensured that Bahrain International Airport has been equipped with the latest smart and innovative solutions. This guarantees optimum protection for passengers, staff and facilities, and meets the demand for enhanced security at the new airport by Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications and Bahrain Airport Company.
“Thales’s strength in innovation and digital technologies perfectly positions the group to become a preferred partner for aerospace, transportation and public security, the pillars of Bahrain’s smart city ambition.”