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17 May 16. Saudi Arabia to Launch Biggest Security Center in the Middle East. The Saudi Ministry of Interior is set to launch in Makkah province the biggest and most modern Security Command Center in the Middle East.
Road security control room has already started working in the center. It receives reports via 911, which was launched by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior last year. The Saudi Ministry of Interior has trained over 1,600 officers and privates to manage and operate the National Center for Joint Security Operations.
The number 911 will gradually replace the numbers of various security sectors. The unified number helps in passing information within seconds.
The Ministry will get rid of the current operations rooms. They will all be merged into one location run by over 400 Officers and Privates on every shift.
The security men and officers working in the center are fluent in English. They received training abroad in this regard.
This is considered to be among the most sophisticated centers in monitoring security via 18,000 cameras which will be linked to smart applications in future. The center has two giant screens, considered to be the biggest in the Mideast.
The center has made sure to provide special services to people with special needs like the deaf and dumb. The reports they send can be received easily. The center has passed through several stages since its establishment. Earlier it was known as the Command and Control Center. Its task was restricted to coordinating the efforts of the security authorities. (Source: Al Defaiya)
16 May 16. Waterside research facility upgrades and expands Sonardyne Sentinel IDS security system. Six years after it was commissioned, the underwater security system protecting an undisclosed waterside facility in the Middle East, is to be expanded and upgraded to offer enhanced levels of intruder protection. The announcement was made by UK-based maritime security company, Sonardyne International Ltd UK, following the award of a contract to service the Sentinel Intruder Detection Sonar (IDS) system that helps safeguard the high profile facility from unauthorised access from the sea. The scope of work includes the supply of extra sonar sensors to monitor an additional stretch of coastline and updating the existing in-water sonars to the latest design specification.
Whilst security measures such as CCTV, radar, access control and motion sensors are proven, cost-effective options for protecting inland locations, sites located close to water remain vulnerable to unauthorised intrusion from the water, and in particular, from below the surface. Helping to close this surveillance gap is Sentinel IDS, widely recognised as the security industry’s most extensively deployed sonar. It meets the requirements of private, commercial, government and naval end users by reliably detecting, tracking and classifying divers and small underwater vehicles approaching a protected asset, alerting security personnel to the potential threat. Whether it is protecting a critical infrastructure facility, offshore platform, sea port or superyacht at anchor, Sentinel’s autonomous monitoring capabilities, long range detection and proven low false alarm rates provide a rapidly deployable, 360° underwater security solution for any marine asset.
Commenting on the contract award, Andrew Winstanley, Sales Manager – Maritime Security for Sonardyne in the Middle East said, “The relative ease with which a diver intent on causing harm can enter into a restricted area such as a commercial port or nuclear power station, continues to expose major weaknes