EADS Defence & Security installs its R&D centre for APCO Project 25 in Gatineau, Québec



    
    - APCO Project 25 (P25) is the leading secure radiocommunication standard
      in North America

    - Gatineau world class R&D centre to be strengthened
    

    GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - EADS Defence & Security today
announced a major expansion plan to make PlantCML in Gatineau, Quebec, its
North American R&D and top-level technological support centre for the
large- scale P25 public safety and security digital communications systems
market.
    PlantCML, acquired earlier this year by EADS Defence & Security, will
provide the R&D and client support services for Secure Networks (SN), an
integrated activity of EADS Defence and Security division.
    SN is a leading provider of the world's largest public safety systems. It
has implemented more than 180 large-scale digitally encrypted secure systems
in more than 65 countries. It most recently provided its digital technology
and security systems services for the 2008 Beijing Olympics in China. It also
provided these systems for the Turin Winter Olympics in Italy.
    The plans announced today will make PlantCML Gatineau site the centre of
excellence for SN P25 R&D and operations.
    "PlantCML will be at the heart of our operations to serve existing and
new clients across North America in the rapidly expanding market for the new
wave of integrated public and private digital security communications
systems," said EADS Secure Networks President Jean-Marc Nasr.
    SN foresees an estimated 25% increase to the current highly skilled
workforce of 160 in the Gatineau facility and an expected expansion of
facilities to accommodate the growth in the next 18 to 24 months.
    "We were delighted to acquire PlantCML this year as it is already the
leading North American supplier of crisis communications and response
solutions for public and private safety. It has served thousands of clients,
from 911 centres and military bases, to airports and utilities," Mr. Nasr
said.
    PlantCML is a perfect fit for SN P25 operations and will strengthen the
presence of EADS Defence & Security in Canada, in particular in the Province
of Quebec.
    "Canada is of strategic importance for the EADS Group, whose activities
generate about $800 million a year in Canada and involve a hundred Canadian
companies," said Hervé Garnier, Senior Vice President Northern/Western Europe
& Canada and President of EADS Canada. "This expansion will also help provide
Industrial Regional Benefits for future contracts awarded in Canada"
    SN P25 systems permit the seamless integration of multiple first
responder services into one shared communications and data-sharing secure
network. They:

    
    - Provide the highest available level of digitally encrypted, secure
      information and communications exchanges

    - Ensure communications remain open no matter how many users are using
      the system

    - Are the only, truly open standard P25 technology on the market,
      allowing clients the choice of user equipment devices
    

    SN is determined to be the leading P25 system supplier in North America,
where numerous governments are considering or are already seeking and
implementing P25 secure first responder and public safety systems.

    Secure Networks is an integrated activity of EADS Defence & Security
(DS). DS is a systems solutions provider for armed forces and civil security
worldwide. Its portfolio ranges from sensors and secure networks through
missiles to aircraft and UAVs as well as global security, service and support
solutions. In 2007, DS - with around 22,000 employees - achieved revenues of
(euro) 5.5 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related
services. In 2007, EADS generated revenues of (euro) 39.1 billion and employs
a workforce of about 116,000.




For further information:

For further information: Erwan Hebre, EADS DS, +33 (0)6 78 20 77 85, 
erwan.hebre@eads.com; Lorin Bristow, PlantCML, +1 615 791 3987,
lbristow@plantcml.com; Sean Durkan, Association House, +1 613 851 2151,
sdurkan@associationhouse.com; Further information on EADS - photo, video,
sound bites, background documents - is available at www.medianewsnet.com.

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