Airbus Defence and Space Supports the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2016 With Radio Communications

– Providing assistance and control room technology for the Abu Dhabi police.
– Reliable products and services contributed to event’s high security standards.

Elancourt, 14 December 2016 – Airbus Defence and Space successfully contributed to a
safe and smooth performance of the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 24 to 27 November.
A company engineer monitored the radio communications system of the Abu Dhabi police at
Yas Marina Circuit. Consequently, some 50,000 spectators, the organiser, the drivers as well
as their teams benefited from the security through the local mission-critical radio network.
The race marked the end of the 2016 Formula 1 season. Since 2011, Airbus Defence and
Space has offered its services for the Formula 1 race in Abu Dhabi every year.

Airbus Defence and Space helped approve the control room system of the Abu Dhabi police
at the circuit before the race and gave assistance during the competition.
“The Control Room solution is based on the RCS9500 Radio Dispatch Console.
It was originally provided by Airbus Defence and Space and comprises a video wall and
cabinets”, explains Mika Pakarinen, Head of Program Delivery and Service Management of
Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. The control room is part of the
secure radio network with which the Abu Dhabi Police communicate.
The Abu Dhabi Police requested these support services via the “Emirates Solutions for
Integrated Security” (ESIS), a security solutions provider in the United Arab Emirates. The
latter is a joint venture that consists of the Privatisation Service Group of the Ministry of
Interior of the United Arab Emirates and Airbus Defence and Space.
Airbus Defence and Space has been active in the United Arab Emirates for many years and
provides secure Tetra technology. The Dubai government, Sharjah Airport near Dubai and
the Abu Dhabi Police have all benefited from Airbus Defence and Space’s products and

Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space, a division of Airbus Group, is Europe’s number one defence and
space enterprise and the second largest space business worldwide. Its activities include
space, military aircraft and related systems and services. It employs more than 38,000
people and in 2015 generated revenues of over 13 billion euros.

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