jkiaAn Israeli firm, Magal Security Systems Ltd, has been awarded a $6.4 million (Sh557 million) contract by the Kenya Airports authority(KAA) to provide security services for the country’s biggest airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The deal includes securing critical areas of the airport, which include multiple surveillance and access control technologies.

The project will be completed by mid-next year.

“Over the past two years, we have successfully delivered a number of security projects for critical national assets in Kenya,” said Eitan Livneh, president and CEO of Magal S3.

The airport has been under scrutiny after an inferno gutted a building at the airport last August, causing massive losses in rerouted flights and stocks. In January, an improvised explosive device detonated at a restaurant at the JKIA, raising concerns over its security level.

The government is also planning to set up a General Service Unit camp at the airport as part of beefing up security at the facility.

– The Star