SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten (February 27, 2013) - The Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) has concluded phase one of the installation of what is considered "the most sophisticated security system in the whole Caribbean. This was disclosed at a press conference held Wednesday morning at the airport. The security system, consisting of ultra-modern, weather-tested cameras supplied by Bosch, a global leader in this field, was designed by United Technologies Group NV (UTG), established in St. Maarten, in collaboration with Mako Systems Inc. of Sun Valley, California. According to UTG's managing director, Christian Lont, a number of cameras were installed covering 80% of the airport, from the Operations Tower to the luggage-handling areas and jet bridges. Lont said 14 security officers and 13 Operations Tower personnel were trained in the use of the cameras, and praised the excellent team work that made the realization of the project possible. Speaking earlier at the press conference, PJIAE managing director Regina LaBega said that since, for SXM Airport, the "number one priority is human safety, we thought we should join together with UTG, a leading company in St. Maarten and together with Bosch, to ensure that we have a proper CCTV system." "Of course, the safety of our employees, our stakeholders, our passengers, the aircrafts, etc., is of paramount importance," she continued. "We sat here, I believe, it was almost two years ago with the Hon. Minister of Justice and the then Acting Shareholder's Representative and we discussed how important it was to have a secure airport, but not just the airport, but the surrounding area as well, and we pledged our commitment not only to ensuring that the airport is safe, but also the surrounding area as a good community partner and here we are today." Master of Ceremony at the press conference, Robert Clifton Brown, Special Projects Coordinator at PJIAE, stressed that this was "a very important initiative for the airport." "It enhances the quality of our airport security system, making our airport more secure and assisting Operations and the Security Departments in carrying out this very important and critical job of safeguarding the airport." As one of the project leaders, he conceded that, "this wasn't an easy project to pull off. But, he added, "because of the commitment from the very beginning of the managing director, the project was able to kick off and today we can say it's done." Brown disclosed with pride that SXM Airport "has the most sophisticated security system on the island and in the whole Caribbean region."

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