French technology firm Thales that has been doing business in India for over 50 years in various fields like defence and avionics, is now expanding its interest to projects like smart cities and ‘safety and security’.
In the first phase, the company is looking at ‘safety and security’ as a major area, which, Thales feels, will ultimately help in building a smart city. To showcase its ability and might in providing the right kind of solutions, the company is building a demo center at its office in New Delhi.
“A city appears smart when the safety and security of its citizens and valuables are in control. Our focus is that. We want to start our smart city journey with these kind of solutions,” said a high level company executive under conditions of anonymity.
He said that a dedicated lab has been put in place in its New Delhi office to showcase various solutions of Thales that can be deployed in building a smart city.
“The demo center offers simulating experience of various establishments of a city where security is of paramount importance like airports, railway stations, VVIP zones including high profile government offices,” the source added.
The newly built demo center at its New Delhi office has installed high-power cameras, sensors and other equipment at different strategic locations indicating the above places. Some of the cameras that are installed have zooming capacity up to 52X, means, it can zero in on a particular object from few kilometers.
Thales is also in talks with various state governments and government agencies to implement these solutions.
“The Demo center is being set up to demonstrate our smart city solutions in safety and security to the Indian government agencies,” he said adding that nothing has been finalised yet.
Pascal Sourisse, Thales’ Senior Executive Vice President (International Development), in a recent visit to India, had said the company is looking at new avenues besides strengthening existing focus areas like avionics and defence. She had also said the company is looking at working closely with more Indian partners besides the existing ones.
At present the French firm is working with Indian partners like state owned Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) for defence and radar solutions, LT for software and Samtel for avionics.