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Terminal 4 at John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York (the first and only privately-operated air terminal in North America) has contracted Thales to provide smart solutions for its three-year modernisation programme for the Security Operations Centre. At Bahrain International Airport, Thales and SITA have been selected to provide the security and operations management system as part of the airport’s modernisation programme.
 
 
 
 
At JFK Terminal 4, which processes almost 21 million passengers annually, Thales will deliver an Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC) to make security operations run more efficiently, as well as a command and control centre to enhance situational awareness and enable proactive response and intervention where required. Thales will also lead system integration in cooperation with key airport stakeholders, and provide airport security engineering services for the next three years.
 
 
Bahrain International Airport, which is forecast to be dealing with 14 million passengers per year by 2020, launched its Airport Modernisation Programme in 2015 with an overall aim to elevate its infrastructure and services to make it one of the most important hubs for tourism and services. This ongoing programme includes construction of a new passenger terminal and the expansion and refurbishment of the existing terminal. With a growing passenger flow, airport authorities face two challenges: enhancing the security and safety of all the passengers, airlines and staff, and making the airport operations more manageable and more efficient. As the master system integrator, Thales will deliver an innovative and trusted security system ensuring continuity of operations, centralising the airport operations management and meeting all safety and security requirements. Thanks to smart data processing, the system will provide operators with real-time security and operations situational awareness. 
 
This security system will feature advanced technologies for airport management, such as smart video protection, access control and biometrics, IT and telecommunication infrastructures. Operators will rely on decision support tools and procedures to enable better and faster response times and to allow for monitoring of airport performances.   As a major player in cybersecurity and a world leader in data protection, Thales will finally ensure end-to-end protection of the global solution, providing real-time countermeasures against sophisticated cyber attacks. 
 
 

Thales will modernise the security management system at JFK International Terminal 4, North America’s only privately-operated air terminal. (Photo: JFKIAT4)

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