Unisys to Provide End-to-End Security and Safety Assurance for World’s Largest Experimental Fusion Facility
BLUE BELL, Pa., May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS), today announced it had signed a four-year framework agreement with the ITER project to provide end-to-end physical security and safety assurance at its facility, which is currently under construction in Cadarache, France. Unisys’ French subsidiary will lead a consortium, with ARCADIS, to design and support an integrated solution spanning perimeter and surveillance security, identity and access management and command and control systems.
Due for completion in 2019, ITER will be the world’s largest experimental fusion facility and represents a unique global collaboration between China, the EU, the United States, India, Japan, Korea and Russia. The project is designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power. Tight international regulations on research involving tritium and French Government directives require that the highest levels of physical security are maintained on site at all times.
Under this new framework agreement, the Unisys-ARCADIS consortium will design, procure, integrate and support the security systems needed to protect the facility from unauthorized access. This four-year framework agreement includes the option to be extended up to 10 years and covers access control, circulation control and monitoring, identity access management, communication security, security and forensics, central monitoring and human factor integration.
Unisys and ARCADIS have both provided security counsel for various aspects of the ITER initiative since 2009, including system architectural design, access control, identity management, workflow analysis and business processes and human factors advice.
Ken Blackler, Head of the Assembly and Operations Division, ITER, said: “The Unisys-ARCADIS consortium offered a team with the right blend of security, systems integration skills and human factors expertise that we were looking for, combined with best value for money. Having worked with Unisys on the initial security architecture for the project since 2009, we already have great respect for the technical expertise, delivery capability and industry experience Unisys has to offer. With the addition of ARCADIS’ insight into facilities design and human factors, we believe we have chosen a team that is uniquely placed to provide the flexible physical security environment the ITER project demands.”
Bart Steukers, General Manager for Continental Europe, Unisys, said: “ITER represents a unique global research collaboration that could revolutionize the energy marketplace. We are thrilled to be part of such an important and ambitious initiative that will make use of leading-edge security technologies and design.”
Martin Dooley, Associate Director, ARCADIS, said: “We are delighted to be a part of ITER, Europe’s largest construction project and one of the most innovative scientific and engineering projects in the sector. By integrating human factors into the design, ITER will optimize operational performance and maintenance, within a safe environment for a world-class facility.”
Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With approximately 22,500 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world.
ARCADIS is an international company providing consultancy, design, engineering and management services in infrastructure, water, environment and buildings. We enhance mobility, sustainability and quality of life by creating balance in the built and natural environment. ARCADIS develops, designs, implements, maintains and operates projects for companies and governments. With 21,000 people and euro 2.4 billion in revenues, the company has an extensive international network supported by strong local market positions. ARCADIS supports UN-HABITAT with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.
Please visit www.arcadis-uk.com for more information.
ITER will be the world’s largest experimental fusion facility and is designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power. ITER is also a first-of-a-kind global collaboration. Fusion is the process which powers the sun and the stars. When light atomic nuclei fuse together to form heavier ones, a large amount of energy is released. Fusion research is aimed at developing a safe, limitless and environmentally responsible energy source. The ITER project is sited at Cadarache in the South of France.
More information on the ITER project can be found at: www.iter.org
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