Qatar finalises new border security system
(27 March 2014)
European firm Airbus Defence and Space has announced finalisation of the National Security Shield (NSS) that it has been deploying for the Qatar Ministry of Interior and Armed Forces. The NSS covers the entire Qatar territorial waters and land border with Saudi Arabia.
The new border security system includes surveillance towers and vehicles equipped with radars, cameras and direction finders distributed throughout the territory to monitor the 600km (373 mile) border. According to Airbus, the Qatar Border Guards and Coast Guards are now able to monitor land sectors, coastal border sectors and off shore sites that are susceptible to multiple security threats including terrorist attacks, illegal immigration, smuggling and human trafficking.
Airbus Defence and Space Senior Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Jean-Marc Nasr, commented, “I am pleased to say that in this country we have put in operation the most advanced border surveillance system ever developed in the world for maritime and terrestrial areas. Our company has developed a unique capability of putting that together in an integrated manner to provide a level of efficiency and reliability that is expected by very demanding border guards and that’s the beauty of what we are doing”. He stated that the security system is “the most evolved solution worldwide” and can be utilised by military sectors such as the navy, air and land forces as well as the government. He further noted that “all sensor data and images can be accessed from any of Qatar’s operational site 24 times 7” and can be used “in all kinds of weather conditions and in all kinds of situations”.
It is reported that over the next two years, additional functionalities such as a training simulation system, documentation management, a web portal for external agencies and enhanced user management will be delivered to further enhance the system. Off shore towers and platforms will further be installed to cover Qatar’s exclusive economic zone, providing added protection to the country’s oil and gas production sites.
The construction of an Alternative Joint Operational Centre is still being finalised. Nasr comments, “It will be integrated and able to take over all operations at any time. The Air Force, the Land Force Headquarters, and the National Crisis Centre will be connected to the system in the coming months”.
“Qatar deploys hi-tech border security system”, Peter Alagos, Gulf Times, 26th March 2014. http://www.gulf-times.com/qatar/178/details/386025/qatar-deploys-hi-tech-border-security-system.
“New border security system in Qatar now in operation achieving coverage of 600km of borders”, Bapco Journal, 25th March 2014. http://www.bapcojournal.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/2471/New_border_security_system_in_Qatar_now_in_operation_achieving_coverage_of_600_km_of_borders.html.