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06 June 2023

AIS in Emirates border security deal

By Nissar Hoath


A contract to supply high-tech security equipment to detect intruders along the UAE’s borders has been won by Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS). The network will use state-of-the-art sensors and electro-optic technology to spot, identify and track infiltrators.

The Dh271 million contract was awarded to the Abu Dhabi firm by the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the UAE Armed Forces. The system is one of a series of projects intended to make the country’s borders and coastline secure from infringement and infiltration.

Other contracts cover the installation of systems to safeguard offshore critical assets such as oilfields.Yesterday Emirates Business revealed the GHQ had given two similar orders to companies operating under the multinational security company Asia Global Technologies, a partner of AIS.

AIS project manager Khalfan Al Shamsi said the new system was called Hares – Arabic for guard.“It will cover the country’s borders and will be implemented in phases,” he said at the International Security and National Resilience exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

“The work on it has already started and it will soon be completed and handed over the GHQ. The project has been designed according to the requirements of the client. “The objective is to establish a highly automated target detection, identification and tracking border security system designed to respond to external threats to the UAE’s borders.

“The system architecture is based on a highly integrated approach. The technologies we will use for the project will be state-of-the-art and will be acquired from global security solution providers.

“The system will provide a highly automated, integrated solution, which will minimise the manning required to operate the command centre under normal threat conditions.”

Another exhibitor – the Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA), the main sponsor of the exhibition – is also on the point of awarding a major contract.

CNIA’s Director-General, Colonel Muhaeer Ali Al Khatiri, said the authority was set up by the Abu Dhabi Government last year as an independent entity responsible for the security of the emirate’s critical and strategic infrastructures such as oil and gas installations.