12 Oct Airbus signs agreement to strengthen cross-border critical communications between GCC nations
The Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the ongoing Expo 2020 Dubai to boost cross-border security coordination and communication between GCC nations.
It will start with a first ‘proof of concept’ (PoC) implementation between two of the members. This will allow Airbus to test the interconnection of Public Safety Critical networks on and between the territories of two Gulf nations.
Selim Bouri, Head of Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific for Secure Land Communications at Airbus, said: “We will use the Inter-System Interface to connect the two Critical Communication networks and pave the way for better, faster, and more effective collaboration between border security forces from the GCC nations.
“We will leverage the modern features of our Tetra systems to strengthen cross-border communication between Public Safety agencies, which is crucial at a time when we are facing numerous border security challenges.
Airbus is working towards supporting the digital transformation objectives of the GCC. It is currently developing a detailed strategy that best addresses all mission- and business-critical requirements of GCC markets.
“Under our PoC agreement, our team of experts will test the key technical and operational aspects of this endeavour while deploying the highest levels of availability, privacy and security that we provide” Bouri added.