Multinational security company Asia Global Technologies (AGT) has won UAE Government contracts to carry out two major projects with the Armed Forces.
The agreements cover the provision of homeland security technology along the country’s borders and at strategic offshore and onshore sites, Garry Lenz, a senior representative of the company, said.
“We are working on two projects with the General Headquarters of the UAE Armed Forces,” Lenz told Emirates Business at the International Security National Resilience Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi (pictured above).
“One is a total security solution at the country’s western and southern borders and the other involves the provision of security technologies for critical assets such as oilfields and other strategic sites.”
Lenz said the projects were very important for the company, which provides security solutions throughout the world from its two main centres in Abu Dhabi and Zurich, Switzerland.
“I cannot tell you the exact cost – however, I can say we are talking about hundreds of millions of US dollars. These are big and long-term projects and we are carrying them out in phases.”
He said the border security solution involved constructing fencing fitted with multi-sensor and electro-optic technologies.
“The border project is almost complete and operational with hundreds of kilometres of fencing with these technologies already installed. We are responsible for this project’s command and control and have fitted easy-to-operate-systems.”
A further phase of the project will involve extending the fencing. Lenz said work on the critical assets security scheme would begin shortly and was due to be completed by the end of the year.
“The project covers 15 assets – both offshore and onshore – across the country but mainly in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. The contract includes installation, implementation and maintenance. We will also provide training to local experts in the country so they can run, manage and maintain the systems.”
The region’s first homeland security exhibition was inaugurated yesterday by Interior Minister Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other senior officials at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The event continues until March 5.
More than 140 specialist companies from around 20 countries across the world are displaying a range of equipment and technologies designed for counter-terrorism, intelligence and threat assessment, border and transport security, critical infrastructure protection, emergency preparedness and crisis management and response. A study commissioned by Reed Exhibitions Middle East, the show’s main organisers, says the Middle East’s security market will be worth more than Dh7.7 billion this year.
And it is expected to grow by more than 50 per cent to reach Dh11.8bn in 2013. In 1998, total security spending in the region was just over Dh2.9bn.
The Middle East’s security market will expand by this percentage to touch Dh11.8bn by 2013. The market will be worth more than Dh7.7bn this year
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