ATLAS Telecom, Plextek prepare next-generation UAE coastal protection solution

AdobeStock 97335174ATLAS Telecom and Plextek have partnered on the next generation E-Passport programme to deliver a highly innovative marine tracker solution serving the evolving needs of the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA)

ATLAS Telecom has recently awarded Plextek an initial US$6.1mn (£4.4mn) contract for the programme’s first phase.

CICPA’s vital role in ensuring effective UAE coastal protection requires the 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, while 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, said, “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, stated, “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.”

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