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Airbus Defence and Space down selected for MOJ electronic tagging contract

• Airbus Defence and Space Services in the UK selected by Ministry of Justice as preferred bidder to provide leading edge mapping and monitoring services for new electronic monitoring program

• Latest tracking technology to better manage curfew, location & proximity of tagged subjects

• Airbus Defence and Space Services offers a location intelligence solution using the latest geospatial and real-time messaging technologies

23 September 2013 Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space technology company, has been selected by the UK Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to provide sophisticated mapping and monitoring services for its new electronic monitoring program. Selected as preferred bidder for the contract, Airbus Defence and Space teams based in Farnborough, Hampshire, will provide the mapping and monitoring expertise to enable the movements of offenders released under licence to be monitored.

As a mapping company originally established by the former UK Department of Trade & Industry in 1981, and now trading as Airbus Defence and Space, it will provide the critical location intelligence which will drive more effective and sophisticated monitoring, cost reductions in the programme and ultimately reduce re-offending rates as required by the Ministry of Justice.

Phil Brownnett, Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space’ GEO-Information in the UK said: “Working closely with Capita who will run the Monitoring Centres and Buddi a supplier of ankle tag devices, Airbus Defence and Space will provide critical location intelligence services capable of identifying and tracking the location of offenders who violate licence conditions for court orders for curfew or proximity to excluded zones. Using logic rules and advanced positioning technologies, Airbus Defence and Space is able to transmit alerts to the Monitoring Centres thereby helping achieve the strategic vision of the MOJ for reducing re-offending rates and prison sentences.”

The new mapping and monitoring service will mean individual offenders subject to location monitoring requirements can easily be identified as having been at the scene of a crime or quickly eliminated from inquiries, delivering swifter justice and saving valuable police time and money. Existing technology only allows monitoring officers to see if a subject is within a short range of a base station installed in their home.

“We are delighted to have been selected for this prestigious program which leverages our on-line mapping, message gateway, tracking services and geospatial expertise. It is an example of world-class British professional services being used to support HMG and revolutionise offender management,” Phil Brownnett continued.

Airbus Defence and Space offers a location intelligence solution that uses the latest geospatial and real-time messaging technologies, applying its 30 years of geospatial service provision to support criminal justice in the UK. Recognising the huge efficiency savings of shared services, the solution also has the potential to benefit many other areas of central government in criminal justice, national resilience, land management, transport and environment.

The electronic monitoring contract is expected to be awarded by the end of 2013 and will run for three years.

Through its GEO-Information business, Airbus Defence and Space is recognised as one of the leaders in the geo-spatial information market. The company provides decision-makers with complete solutions enabling them to increase security, maximize oil & gas or mining operations, improve their management of natural resources, and protect the environment. It has exclusive access to data from the SPOT, TerraSAR-X, TanDEM-X and Pléiades satellites.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the second in the world. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.

In 2012, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover over €5.8 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide.

Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space, the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration; Airbus Defence and Space, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipments; Airbus Defence and Space, the Space services partner for critical missions, providing comprehensive fixed and mobile solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.

Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.


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Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                       Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872

Gregory Gavroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                                    Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER)                                                   Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971

Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP)                                                 Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41

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