Thales Australia responsible for G20 Summit security


Thales Australia – the trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force – delivered sophisticated Event Management Systems (EMS) to protect the leaders of the world during the successful G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane Image credit: flickr User: Chris Lofqvist
Image credit: flickr User: Chris Lofqvist

The Thales EMS secured meeting venues “with a minimum of fuss and inconvenience to G20 delegates” and comprised registration, accreditation, physical security access control and event information management.

“Access control is becoming a major concern for operators of sensitive sites and events, and as critical as physical protection,” Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said.

“Thales is proud to have contributed to a successful event that showcased Australian capabilities to a global audience, and played host to world leaders such as US President Barack Obama, French President François Hollande, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.”

Thales solutions protect the four key domains that are considered to be vital to modern societies:

  • Government: Border surveillance, homeland security, identity management, etc.;
  • Cities: Urban security;
  • Critical infrastructures: Government sites, oil and gas infrastructure, nuclear power stations, airports, sensitive sites including museums, mosques, prisons, metro stations, etc.;
  • Cyberspace.

“Thales drew upon its cyber security expertise to manage the security risks and implement safeguards in the IT infrastructure underpinning the EMS. It was critical to implement a robust security management program to maintain operational continuity and protect the private information stored in the EMS database,” it says in the company’s press release.

Key subcontractors included Centium Software, Touchpoint Meeting Services, ID Warehouse, BCDS Group and Macquarie Telecom.

Thales Australia employs around 3,200 people in 35 locations across Australia and recorded revenues in the amount of AUD 1 billion last year.

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