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'World's most advanced' security at island's airports.

Byline: Daniel Lucas

TWO ISRAELI firms have joined up to install what one called "the world's most advanced" integrated IDM/CCTV security systems at Paphos Airport, with Larnaca to follow when the new terminal goes online in November.

The firm in question, Orad has partnered with hi-tech security firm Orsus in its installation of "a revolutionary" new security and response system known as 'Situation Management' or 'Situator' at the island's two airports.

The two companies were awarded the contract by French company, Bouygues, one of the world's largest construction firms and part of the consortium in charge of building the new airports at Paphos and Larnaca.

Airport operator Hermes said it did not wish to comment, saying it was within Bouygues'

mandate to decide which company would be granted the rights to install the security systems, a Hermes spokesman said.

Orad's website claims that its airport security approach also includes "a four-circle" airport security strategy. Starting with perimeter, or fence intrusion detectionC* comprises airfield, taxi, apron and runway surveillance, critical path debris and obstacle detection, and gate protection.

"Orad has delivered a state-of-the-art biometric access control system at Paphos international airport," said the company on its website.

"System included integrated physical and logical access control together with CCTV network system over IP. From operational point of view all work stations employed by the airport staff are protected by biometric login, allowing ground staff to use the same card for both physical and logical access control."

When contacted by the Cyprus Mail, Orad in Cyprus clarified that the system meant that more sensitive areas of the airports' security infrastructures, such as control rooms and databases, would only be accessible by designated personnel, who are appointed by Hermes, through the use of fingerprint recognition systems that will be in place alongside the current key-card access systems to be used by personnel who operate in the less security-sensitive areas.

A technician said Orad "does not deal with passengers, only with the software involved in the airport's overall security system."

Along with this the Orsus-developed 'Situator', a comprehensive Situation Management software platform, delivers "clarity and control" to enterprise control rooms "enabling better coordination of the interaction between people, alerting sources, and responses."

Situator's generic interfaces are used for the customer's security systems that include

fence sensors, cameras (CCTV and VMD systems), DVRs, vehicle tracking solutions,

alarm control panels, access control systems, distress buttons and more

Clients of Orsus already include the US National Guard, the Israeli Airforce, the Virginia and Houston ports authorities, Coca-Cola and the Israel Diamond Exchange.

"Airports are complex facilities to manage from a security perspective. The implementation at Paphos and Larnaca International Airports, with the latest in airport security and passenger screening technologies adds the consolidated experience that Orsus has gained over the years in the transportation market," said Rafi Bhonker, Vice President of Marketing and

Sales, Orsus in a press release issued by the company. "We look forward to this relationship with Orad and the Cyprus international airports to continue to develop in the future."

The system, which is already in operation at Paphos, will be followed in the new terminal of Larnaca airport to be opened in November of this year, the company said.

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Date:May 14, 2009
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