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Louvre and British Telecom choose Israeli security

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Israel has long been recognized as a leader in security technology.  Now Israeli security companies have been chosen by the Louvre and by British Telecom.

YnetNews reported that Synel, an Israeli subsidiary company based in France has just been awarded a large contract at Paris’s Louvre Museum.  As part of the major project, Synel France was contracted to install a comprehensive system for security access control combined with electronic attendance. The project, which is set to boost the museum’s security, will further entail the installation of Synel’s time and attendance management hardware, as well as the use of fingerprint verification, keypad entry, magnetic card, barcode card, proximity card, contactless smart card and facial recognition.

The Louvre is one of the world’s largest museums. Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres. Around 8.8 million visits were recorded at the Louvre in 2011. According to Erez Buganim, Synel’s Vice President of marketing, the Louvre is continuously exposed to burglary attempts, even by employees. “Therefore, the security system is needed. It will prevent unauthorized personnel from entering areas in the museum where priceless art is held in,” he said.

Synel France and England CEO Danny Farber expects that by the end of 2012, over 200 French organizations will be using the new technology. “The project at the Louvre is one of several new projects, Synel has recently started in France and England.”

YnetNews also reported that Israel’s Cyber-Ark has been selected by British Telecom to provide security for its privilaged accounts.  Israeli company Cyber-Ark is the leading global information security provider for protecting and managing critical applications, identities and sensitive information. Founded in 1999, the company employs 200 workers and recently raised $40 million with the help of the JVP venture capital fund and Goldman Sachs.

Cyber-Ark CEO Udi Mokady said that BT’s choice is a reflection of the high level of security his company offers.  Gadi Tirosh, a partner at JVP, said: “This is further proof that Israel is a leading force in the cyber protection field.”

For the full YnetNews article on the Louvre and Synel click here.

For the full YnetNews article on British Telecom and Cyber-Ark click here.