Thales eSecurity News Release

Urban security: Queensland Police Service acquires Thales identity management solution

Thales, leader in the security of identity solutions as well as information and communication systems security, announced today that the Queensland Police Service (QPS) has acquired its smartcard solution to issue identity cards for access to the QPS computer networks and entry into key QPS buildings.

In addition to its dominant position in the payment transaction security market, the contract highlights the growth of Thales’s identity and, information and communications systems security business in Australia, based on its innovative technologies.

It also builds on the company’s previous success providing access control solutions for the headquarters of a leading local retail group, plus the accreditation and access control system for the 2007 APEC summit.

The solution provided to the QPS, which uses Thales SafeSign*, includes identity smartcards for access to every QPS computer across the state, as well as entry into key headquarter buildings. As part of the solution, Thales is also providing card readers, card management software and specialised smartcard printers.

The smartcards, supplied by Thales, are compliant with both GlobalPlatform and ISO 24727 standards, providing QPS with an industry standards-based solution.

Thales will deliver the project with the support of Salt Group, a Thales SafeSign implementation partner. Salt Group will provide the ongoing maintenance and support for the software.

Chris Jenkins, Thales Australia’s Managing Director, said: “The contract was a strategic step forward for the company’s commercial strategy in civil security. We are demonstrating our strength and versatility by building our civil business across a range of industries.”

“Thales is a global leader in identification security solutions and, over the coming years, we expect to see more customers in Australia realise the significant benefits our solutions deliver to protecting assets as well as improving operational efficiencies. This contract builds upon our global success in national identity schemes, which include countries such as UK, Morocco, and many countries across Africa.”