Wednesday 3rd March 2021

UAE deploys new £4.4mn coastal protection solution

Published on February 23rd, 2021

ATLAS Telecom and Plextek have formed a strategic partnership on the E-Passport programme to deliver a marine tracker solution serving the evolving needs of the UAE’s Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA)

ATLAS Telecom has recently awarded Plextek an initial UK£4.4 million (€5.10 million) contract for the programme’s first phase.

CICPA’s role in ensuring effective United Arab Emirates (UAE) coastal protection requires efficient use of cutting-edge technologies. E-Passport advances the surveillance and reconnaissance operations for increased coastal security and safety, aided by autonomous notification of impending threats and behaviour pattern anomalies.

The ATLAS-Plextek partnership includes the design and high-volume manufacture of a critical element of the end-to-end E-Passport solution; consisting of an advanced military grade hybrid TETRA-LTE GPS smart tracker device that provides life-saving features for rescue teams during emergencies.

The intelligence-driven marine unit has been designed to ensure highly resilient and secure communications with seamless operation, whilst also facilitating a high level of tamper resistance, power efficiency, and a robust marine enclosure, enabling full environmental protection under extreme conditions.

Samer Jammoul, managing director at ATLAS Telecom states, “We have chosen Plextek as a strategic partner for their strong track record in delivering highly resilient communications, and IoT technology solutions for mission critical applications, as well as for their commitment to ATLAS Telecom in UAE and the entire region. This partnership is essential as we embark upon subsequent programme phases, as part of our long-standing commitment and support to CICPA on E-Passport Programme”.

Nick Koiza, head of security business at Plextek comments, “We are thrilled to be partnering with ATLAS Telecom on this exciting transformational technology programme, which represents a first in the field of smart vessel tracking and supersedes the previous technology of the E-Passport solution. We feel privileged to be working on this crucial development with ATLAS Telecom; having successfully supported CICPA for the last 15 years”.

For more than three decades, UAE-based ATLAS Group has been delivering solutions for the most demanding situations. It provides secure telecommunications and a range of security solutions. The business has a strong regional presence with operations in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Plextek is a Cambridge, UK-based independent electronics consultancy working in the security, automotive, aerospace, industrial, medical and defence sectors. Plextek specialises in the design and supply of solutions in sensing, communications and data exploitation.

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