PARIS , Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Poland's Komenda Glowna Strazy Granicznej has selected Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) to lead a consortium with Elbit Security Systems Ltd. (formerly 'Ortek'), to deploy a sophisticated Observation Tower System that will be based on advanced long- range observation equipment.
The contract is valued at 2.3 million EUR, and the system is expected to be operational in Q1 2008.
This new system will enable the Polish Border Guard to continuously monitor part of the country's eastern border, which forms the entrance to the European Union. In addition, the system will enable the guard to more efficiently fulfill its responsibilities of preventing illegal border crossings and smugglings, and more rapidly detect wildfires.
The system will give border guards visibility along more than 250 kilometers of the Polish border while stationed in Straz Graniczna' buildings. The new Observation Tower System will supplement the existing monitoring equipment that the Polish Border Guard currently uses, which includes helicopters, mobile surveillance vehicles, radar systems and night observation and thermo vision devices.
"The new Observation Tower System will allow us to protect and better monitor the EU Eastern border in Poland and react more quickly and effectively when an incident arises," said Justyna Szubstarska, a spokeswoman with Komenda Glowna Strazy Granicznej. "The system also will help us monitor traffic at border checkpoints, watch for forests fires along the state border and support rescue services during natural disasters."
Alcatel-Lucent and Elbit Security Systems, will deliver 11 integrated long-range optoelectronic sensors, including a thermal imager, long-range charge coupled devices (CCD) and laser range finders that will be mounted on existing border guard towers. Elbit Security Systems is providing the optoelectronic equipment.
Leveraging its world-class expertise in network integration, deployment and maintenance services, Alcatel-Lucent will provide a turnkey integrated communications system that will enable video images to be transmitted from the towers to local border guard command centers where operators will constantly supervise monitored area.
"We are proud that Alcatel-Lucent has been selected to implement this significant stationary border protection system as it will enhance the safety and security of Poland's border, consequently protecting the European Union. With this project, Alcatel-Lucent continues to reaffirm its leadership as the network integrator of the industry's most advanced communications solutions for the security and defense market," said Michael Fabian , President of Alcatel-Lucent's Industry & Public Sector Division.
Uri Dubkin, Elbit Security Systems General Manager, said, "We are proud to be selected by Poland in providing Elbit Security Systems' and Alcatel- Lucent's solution, which is characterized by the best capabilities both companies bring to the project. We hope this innovative system, will serve as a springboard for future cooperation and winning additional projects of this type."
U.S. government customers interested in border solutions should contact LGS, a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent dedicated to serving the U.S. government community. For more information visit www.lgsinnovations.com.
About the Border Guard
The Border Guard was established on 16 May 1991 with the Act of 12 October 1990 on the Border Guard; it is a uniform, armed and uniformed formation, created in order to protect the state border on land and at the sea as well as to organize and monitor the border traffic. Border Guard officers protect over 3,500 km of the border of the Republic of Poland . The moment Poland joins the Schengen zone, the National Border Guard shall discontinue border control at all border crossings along the sections of the national border of the Republic of Poland , which shall then constitute the internal border of the Schengen zone. The Border Guard will continue to perform its tasks related to, among others, disclosing the falsification of documents authorizing their holders to enter and reside on the territory of the Republic of Poland , execution of tasks commissioned by the competent national (Polish) and international bodies (under the Schengen Information System), preventing the import of dangerous materials or materials harmful to the environment (garbage, waste, explosives, materials producing increased radiation etc.) into the country, preventing drug and intoxicant smuggling, preventing the exportation of historic objects from the territory of Poland , executing the observance of requirements imposed on travelers with regard to the import of excise goods into the territory of the Republic of Poland on internal borders.
More information about the Border Guard is available at: www.strazgraniczna.pl.
About Elbit Security Systems
Elbit Security Systems Ltd. (formerly 'Ortek') is the homeland security house of the Elbit Systems Group. ELBIT Security Systems is a prime contractor specializes in delivering integrated solutions for major security and "homeland defense" applications. It integrates in its comprehensive solutions the range of existing capabilities of the Group, including a broad portfolio of products, sophisticated concepts, extensive experience and involvement in major projects both in Israel and abroad. Elbit Security Systems develops and manufactures innovative electro-optical systems for surveillance and tracking, optical fiber technology for security, video communication, supervision and control systems as well as image processing and smart systems for electronic fences. These capabilities allow the company to offer its customers, Israeli and internationally comprehensive solutions for perimeter Security, defense and management of land and sea borders as well as security of strategic infrastructure and facilities. In the past year Elbit group signed 3 major contracts for border security applications with BGS in the Baltic region and its neighbors as part of the Schengen facility projects.
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is incorporated in France , with executive offices located in Paris . [All figures exclude impact of activities transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com