Airbus provided secure communications technology to French security forces (police, gendarmerie and fire brigades) during the long-awaited social-economical and political G7 summit which took place in the Southwestern coastal town of Biarritz between 24 and 26 August.
With the high security measures promised by Christophe Castaner, French Minister of the Interior, 13,200 police officers and gendarmes as well as over 400 firefighters were involved in safeguarding the high-profile event. The high security and resilience of the dedicated networks and terminals provided by Airbus to the teams in charge of securing the G7 summit was an essential aspect to protecting both the government officials from around the world taking part in the summit, the venue and its perimeter and the people working on-site.
On top of providing the necessary equipment and secure mission-critical communications technology through a dedicated network overlay deployed for this major event, Airbus is also a long-term provider of INPT, the nationwide radio communications network for the French police, fire brigades, emergency healthcare services, customs, national defence forces, mobile gendarmerie, prefectorial authorities and penitentiary administration for prisoner transfers. This network allows full interoperability between forces.
Furthermore, Airbus has been a reliable provider of the French gendarmerie’s secure communications network RUBIS, as well as portable material and other essential communication equipment for their vehicles for over 30 years.
“With various kinds of threats that weigh in on political gatherings of this kind, optimal security conditions are an absolute priority. Through its state-of-the art technology and highly reliable networks implemented to support secure communications operations, Airbus was able to ensure the smooth running of the communication between each member entrusted to protect and secure the G7 summit,” declared Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications of Airbus.