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TMCNet:  Thales Portugal signs two new contracts with Madeira Airports Authority

[November 22, 2012]

Thales Portugal signs two new contracts with Madeira Airports Authority

Nov 22, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Thales Portugal has signed two new contracts with the Madeira Airports Authority to supply the passenger information system and upgrade Madeira Airport's data center using virtualization and cloud computing technologies.

The new passenger information system that will be implemented at Madeira Airport by the end of 2012 is an interactive solution incorporating digital public information, digital signage, and digital billboard and wayfinder functions. Interactive kiosks will provide additional support to passengers, with internet access and new displays to deliver updated information on incoming and departing flights.

The Thales cloud computing solution that will be implemented at Madeira Airport will provide access to a set of functionalities through virtual desktops. All the applications needed for the safe, secure and efficient operation of airport services will be available across a virtualized information infrastructure, with virtual servers and storage solutions.

According to Thales, the increased efficiencies will improve the passenger experience and make use of computing power, cutting the airport's operating costs and reducing its carbon footprint by optimizing energy consumption. The solution will benefit from Thales's expertise in managing data centers (Elancourt, Toulouse, Valence and Cholet in France) and its range of cloud computing security products.

Earlier in 2012, Thales completed two other projects in Portugal as part of the Madeira airports modernization program; upgrade of the data network to increase capacity and enhance resilience and security. This project involved convergence of services such as voice, data and CCTV into a single network infrastructure; and upgrade of the voice network to incorporate voice-over-IP (VoIP) technology and broadcast messages automatically at Madeira (Funchal) and Porto Santo airports.

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