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25-year security contract.

Visual Defence Inc, has announced that, along with its 50%-owned subsidiary, AviSecure, it has signed a contract with the government of an African country which is expected to be worth between US$ 140 million and US$ 250 million over 25 years. The deal is for a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) passenger safety and security-screening project at the country's principal airport.

The project encompasses risk assessment, security strategy development and complete strategy implementation, including procuring, installing and integrating identified security technology and hiring, training and managing airport security personnel. AviSecure will oversee project management and the general airport security administration.

"Recent research indicates that the single greatest reason for sharp declines in airport passenger volume is time delay and congestion caused by multiple security lines," said Dagan Sadeh, CEO of Visual Defence. "Enhanced, centrally-managed airport security is the key to increasing passenger volume and revenue. For this airport, the joint solution between Visual Defence and AviSecure will not only provide the software platform for technology, vendor and systems convergence but also the personnel and training for comprehensive risk mitigation. The airport expects that the solution will reduce threats, enable streamlined security processes and significantly reduce passenger wait time, leading to increased passenger traffic and revenue."

The work will be directly managed by AviSecure Inc, the jointly-owned subsidiary of Visual Defence and Canadian partner, SkyLink Security (Canada) Inc, which pursues airport security outsourcing projects around the world. Following logistics and training, the current project is expected to be in full operation within six months.
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Title Annotation:Products & Service: Announcements
Publication:Airports International
Date:Jan 1, 2008
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