ATLAS Telecom and Plextek today announced a strategic partnership on the next generation E-Passport programme to deliver a highly innovative marine tracker solution serving the evolving needs of the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA). ATLAS Telecom has recently awarded Plextek an initial £4.4M contract for the programme’s first phase.

CICPA’s vital role in ensuring effective UAE coastal protection requires efficient use of cutting-edge technologies. E-Passport advances the surveillance and reconnaissance operations for increased coastal security and safety, aided by autonomous notification of impending threats and behaviour pattern anomalies.

The ATLAS-Plextek partnership includes the design and high-volume manufacture of a critical element of the end-to-end E-Passport solution; consisting of an advanced military grade hybrid TETRA-LTE GPS smart tracker device that provides life-saving features for rescue teams during emergencies.

The intelligence-driven marine unit has been designed to ensure highly resilient and secure communications with seamless operation, whilst also facilitating a high level of tamper resistance, power efficiency, and a robust marine enclosure, enabling full environmental protection under extreme conditions.

Samer Jammoul, Managing Director at ATLAS Telecom stated: “We have chosen Plextek as a strategic partner for their strong track record in delivering highly resilient communications, and IoT technology solutions for mission critical applications, as well as for their commitment to ATLAS Telecom in UAE and the entire region. This partnership is essential as we embark upon subsequent programme phases, as part of our long-standing commitment and support to CICPA on E-Passport Programme”.

Nick Koiza, Head of Security Business at Plextek stated: “We are thrilled to be partnering with ATLAS Telecom on this exciting transformational technology programme, which represents a first in the field of smart vessel tracking, and supersedes the previous technology of the E-Passport solution. We feel privileged to be working on this crucial development with ATLAS Telecom; having successfully supported CICPA for the last 15 years”.

24th September 2020: Shahzad Nadeem, Head of Smart Cities, features in Raconteur news article on what’s holding the 5G rollout back.

“Shahzad Nadeem, head of smart cities at design and engineering consultancy Plextek, agrees and says: On top of security, there are concerns around the ownership of data, along with compatibility and interoperability with existing systems.”

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Nigel Whittle, Head of Medical & Healthcare, features in Critical Communications Today this week.

Drones have the potential to revolutionise public safety operations in areas such as fire and rescue. But there are regulatory and logistical barriers.

Drones are also being used in remote areas for the transfer of biological samples to hospitals, says Dr Nigel Whittle, head of medical and healthcare at Plextek. He points to an overseas company based in Indonesia. “They have a drone system to carry samples. They have navigation and control aspects and they need cameras and radars to help fly and avoid obstacles. We offer a sense-and-avoid radar system which can detect power lines. There are lots of these throughout the islands and you need to avoid them.”

Plextek’s sense-and-avoid millimetre-wave radar system operates at 60GHz. “It’s more for reconnaissance purposes – to fly around buildings, for example,” says Dr Whittle. “With a camera, you might not see obstacles, but with a millimetre-wave radar you might – and it works in bad weather too.”

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