Below is our recent interview with Luc Tombal, Public Security Solutions Director at Thales:
Q:Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to your company?
A: Certainly! Thales Group is an international high-tech company, well known for its innovation in various technological fields in defense, aerospace, and digital identity & security. Its products and services are widely used by governments, militaries, commercial enterprises, and other organizations around the world. The company’s goal is to provide solutions that ensure safety, security, and efficiency in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.
Q:Any highlights on your recent announcement?
A: Thales Evidence and Investigation Suite is the final result of a multifaceted effort initiated months ago to provide security officers with a comprehensive solution that allows them to complete some of their most vital operations with confidence and speed. When it comes to solving crimes and researching people of interest, biometric identification has become an undeniable ability. For decades, customers in law enforcement and the military have been able to trust us because our solutions are reliable and effective, constantly ranking among the very best on the market.
However, the world is changing at a rapid speed. New applications emerge, bringing with them new challenges: we’re hyper-connected, and we expect to be able to do everything, everywhere, and with rapid results. We think that public security must lead the way in this new digital environment, and Thales Evidence and Investigation Suite is available to help agencies succeed.
Q:Can you tell us more about your product?
A: We have placed a strong focus on mobility – or, as I prefer to call it, ultra-mobility. We aim to put advanced forensic features, right down to lab capabilities, in the hands of first responders, whether in the context of street-level policing or tactical operations. We strive to provide the field with a comprehensive toolkit that will enable them to respond boldly and quickly when every minute matters. And to maximize the benefits that smartphones, connected devices and cloud computing have to offer the profession.
Q:What can we expect from your company in next 12 months? What are your plans?
A: Well, there is an increasing need for flexibility and accessibility. Beyond our public security offering, numerous Thales technologies are positioned to provide enhanced capabilities in that area – all while ensuring an ever-increasing core performance and uncompromised security (our hallmark).
Q:What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?
A: Thales is well-known for being a player in defence and national security. We have been a long-term partner for many governments in that arena, assisting in the protection of citizens ‘behind the scene’. What is less well known is that Thales is a world leader in citizen identification solutions. Indeed, many people all around the globe are inadvertently able to travel, get welfare benefits, and complete different administrative duties because they can prove who they are in the real or digital world (due to Thales-produced passports or ID cards and corresponding digital versions).