Many people will have heard of the beauty of Sharm El-Sheikh as a tourist centre – some will have been lucky enough to have visited it and enjoyed the fantastic facilities before the tragedy that occurred in 2015.
The devastating terrorist attack in 2015 left a number of tourists and staff dead and injured and, for understandable reasons, severely reduced the tourist business and led to the UK stopping direct flights to Sharm El-Sheikh, which further reduced the tourist business.
What most will not have heard about is the considerable work that has been undertaken by the Egyptian government and carefully selected specialist companies to implement very high levels of security to protect visitors to Sharm El-Sheikh and so minimise the risk of a future attack.
This work is now approaching completion and the successes are becoming visible – as an example the tourist numbers have already recovered to almost pre-attack levels and are predicted to increase significantly over the next few years. Security has now reached the level that the UK Department of Transport (DfT) has lifted the ban on direct flights from the UK to Sharm El-Sheikh, which will further increase the number of tourists.
While some of the security systems that now protect Sharm El-Sheikh are covert, some are overt, for example the wall and the security checkpoints used to check vehicles and personnel entering the protected region.
The demanding requirements for these checkpoints were agreed between senior Egyptian government officials and the specialist security consultants Intechnics. Intechnics focuses on the design and implementation of ultra-high-quality security checkpoints that can include system design, security barriers, biometric scanners as well as vehicle and baggage X-ray scanners to check the contents of vehicles entering the sensitive area.
The selection of the correct X-ray scanners is critical to the success of these security checkpoints since they are the only way of seeing threats hidden within vehicles – a key potential route to smuggle devices.
Following a review of the products available from the different suppliers of X-ray vehicle scanning systems, Intechnics selected ADANI Systems for the supply of all X-ray screening equipment. This equipment, which includes combined high-energy and low-energy systems capable of successfully imaging large lorries with drivers still in them as well as lower-energy systems for other items, is now fully operational and is one of the reasons that the DfT has lifted the ban on direct flights.
Leonid Zelenkevich, international sales and marketing director of ADANI, stated, “We are glad that the high quality and performance of the ADANI Systems X-ray scanners has been recognised and that installation and commissioning of the systems has gone to plan so that they are now fully operational. We appreciate the importance to Egypt of restoring tourism to Sharm El-Sheikh and are delighted to have been part of achieving this.”
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