COLOMBES, France, July 6 (UPI) -- Thales of France announced the creation of a new company in the field of defense, security and ground transportation.
Thales Communications and Security combines the skills of Thales Communications and Thales Security Solutions and Services.
The enterprise, Thales said, reflects the growing convergence of information management issues in these areas. By combining globally recognized skills, the company offers Thales major benefits for meeting even more efficiently to the needs of its customers, the company said.
"In a world that is increasingly open, more complex and at the same time more vulnerable to new threats, it is vital to be able to make the right decisions in timely fashion in order to protect the public, sensitive sites and highly critical data," Thales said. "To this end, the requirements of the armed forces and the security services are converging on improving the way in which information and the associated technologies are managed.
"At the same time, the control-and-command solutions and the means for supervision dedicated to defense and security systems are increasingly drawing on common or complementary technologies."
Thales Communications is a leader in secure information and communication products and systems for the armed forces and security services; Thales Security Solutions and Services provides security systems for the general public, critical infrastructures and for travelers.
"In concrete terms, Thales' mission is to 'simplify complexity' in order to provide decision-makers with relevant, clear and immediate information about their environment," said Pascale Sourisse, chief executive officer of Thales Communications and Security.
"The creation of Thales Communications and Security makes us even more efficient by combining the skills of two highly complementary companies. It will also allow us to stimulate innovation and offer our customers a wider range of technologies.
"In all, this venture encompasses almost 7,000 people spread over nine R&D and industrial sites, all set to serve our customers in France and abroad."
Thales said the creation of Thales Communications and Security makes it possible to extend and accelerate the cooperation that was already in place between the teams of Thales Communications and Thales Security Solutions and Services. This cooperation has already borne fruit on several projects, both in France and for the export market.
The new entity offers multiple benefits for its military and civil customers:
-- High-performance and competitive technical and technological solutions to meet evolving market needs;
-- Diversified, high-value-added skills, with teams that are experts in complex, cross-functional project management;
-- A reinforced industrial platform and greatly increased R&D/innovation capacity.
"Thales Communications and Security, therefore, has all it takes to win new market share both in France and internationally, thanks to strengthened teams, a broader customer base and improved competitiveness," Thales said.
"With Thales Communications and Security, Thales consolidates its position as European Number One in secure information and communication systems on the global markets for defense, security and ground transportation."
Thales Communications and Security has headquarters at Colombes, France, and has 7,000, employees at nine facilities. Thales Communications and Security concentrates more than half of the group's business on Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information systems for defense and security.