Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to “boost cross-border security and cooperation between GCC nations.

According to a statement issued by the company, the project will begin with an initial proof of concept implementation taking place between two GCC members. The MoU signing took place at the ongoing Dubai 2020 Expo, taking place between this October and March of next year.

Speaking of the this, a spokesperson for Airbus said: “The proof of concept agreement will allow Airbus to test the interconnection of public safety critical networks on, and between, the territories of two Gulf nations.”

On the GCC side, the MoU was signed by Major General Hazaa Ben Mbarek El Hajri, who is the organization's assistant secretary of security affairs.

Airbus Secure Land Communications was represented by its head of Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, Selim Bouri.

Bouri said: “We will use [our] Inter-System Interface to connect the two critical communication networks and pave the way for better, faster, and more effective collaboration between border security forces from the GCC nations.

“We will leverage the modern features of our TETRA systems to strengthen cross-border communication between public safety agencies, which is crucial at a time when we are facing numerous border security challenges.”

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Author: Philip Mason