Whether providing the cartoons that keep kids entertained for hours, or the uninterrupted internet connection that enables emailing at 30,000ft, we look after crew and passengers for almost 100 major international airlines.
As the fastest growing In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) company in the world, Thales’ web-based IFEC platform offers the most technologically advanced products in the industry. In just over 10 years, our TopSeries IFEC system has rapidly grown to become the number two player on the market in the world. We’ve pioneered the use of Android™ technology and digital content downloading in cabin systems, integrated broadband communications, audio/video on-demand, and overhead passenger interactive video. We’ve even included personal device connection and laptop power.
Innovative, flexible and ahead of the curve, our fourth generation IFEC solutions are a cut above the rest.
With more than 40 years of experience in Space, governments and military organisations rely on our technology to ensure reliable satellite communications when they’re needed the most.
Thales Alenia Space is our industry-leading centre of excellence in the design, integration, testing, operation and commissioning of innovative space systems. With clients such as NASA, the International Space Station and the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Agency, it’s no surprise that we’re ranked no.1 in Europe in civil and military satellites, and are the worldwide leader in payloads for telecommunications systems.
Our satellite families cover narrow, medium and large-band payloads, like our Multiservice VSAT network. It’s designed to provide cost-effective and easy-to-deploy secure communications solutions in areas with scarce, unreliable or non-existent wireline communications infrastructures. In fact, the Multiservice VSAT network is crucial for rural telecommunications and voice and data corporate networks. With modular terminals, easy network extensions, and simple system operation and network reconfigurations, it can guarantee secure, highly reliable networks.
Millions of people use the London Underground, DLR and rail network each year, and since 1995, Thales has played a major role in ensuring the efficiency of these networks for commuters. Take the DLR for example. It first opened in 1987 as a driver-less system with only 15 stations, 13 kilometres of track and 17 million commuters. However, in 2010, as the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games approached, improvements were needed to support the increase in travellers.
Enter SelTrac: Thales’ service-proven solution that supports everything from speed and signal supervision through to fully automated operation without a driver. As part of a multi-million pound upgrade project, our teams in the UK and Canada worked closely with the DLR to supply and integrate the SelTrac communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling system. Platforms were extended, and tracks and infrastructure were also upgraded to accommodate the change from two to three-car services.
The upgrades resulted in safe, reliable services, plus a 50% increase in capacity on the DLR – SelTrac will also be operational across 60% of the London Underground network by 2022. On the busiest days during the games, the DLR carried in excess of 500,000 people and, in 2013, more than 100 million people used the system. It just goes to show, there’s no harm in having a one-track mind for excellence.
What’s longer than the Houses of Parliament, wider than the span of the Angel of the North and six metres taller than Nelson's Column? The answer is the Royal Navy’s biggest and most powerful surface warship ever, the Queen Elizabeth-class (QEC) carrier.
Thales is working together with Babcock, BAE Systems and the UK Ministry of Defence to deliver the 65,000 tonne carriers. Our work stretches from the overall ship design, operational models and management of the power and propulsion sub-alliance, to critical technology like the ship’s mission system and communications infrastructure. It also includes the development of the SMART- L 3D long range surveillance radar by our team of expert engineers too.
SMART-L is a 3D multibeam radar designed to provide long-range air and surface surveillance and target designation. It’s state-of-the-art technology, and its sensitivity allows for the early detection and tracking of very small aircraft and missiles, especially stealthy targets in a littoral environment. It’s just one more way in which we’re contributing to the QEC’s aim to support peace-keeping and conflict prevention worldwide.
Businesses are moving further and faster these days– quite literally. Did you know that approximately 22% of people worldwide are office-less ‘business nomads,’ and that an additional 25% frequently take their offices with them on the road – via tablets and smartphones? And with the convergence of personal and professional domains on these same devices, how can businesses stays secure?
Teopad is Thales’ innovative solution to these ever-growing challenges to mobile security. Our exclusively patented technology creates a trusted, dedicated professional workspace on personal devices that’s completely separate from the user's personal space. Compatible with all Android devices, Teopad provides an encrypted environment which is protected by robust authentication, and contains all the applications, data and settings required for professional activities. Plus the professional workspace has no effect on the user’s personal settings and in no way restricts the use of personal applications.
By integrating seamlessly with existing information systems, we’re helping businesses everywhere to be more mobile, more flexible and more secure.