Centre for security

Thales has officially opened its first European centre dedicated to advanced security solutions for citizens, infrastructure and ground transport systems.


Thales has announced the official opening of its first European centre dedicated to advanced security solutions for citizens, infrastructure and ground transport systems.



The 600m2 facility in Vélizy le Bois near Paris employs around 2,000 engineers and experts. Its opening was attended by Jacques Barrot, vice-president of the European Commission Responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security.



Following France’s White Paper on Defence and National Security, Thales has made a strategic commitment to develop and deploy security technologies to the international market. Over 25 per cent of Thales’ revenues come from its security systems, which totalled approximately €3.4bn (£2.5bn) in 2007.



The new interactive centre will develop various security technologies including secure ID document production, protection of energy production, transport infrastructure, airport security, cyber protection and large-scale urban security support.