Thales: Protecting an essential resource

Protection of an indispensable resource

March 21, 2022

Today March 22 is World Water Day, initiated by the United Nations since 1992. This day reminds us every year of the uniqueness of water as the most essential resource of all life. In 2022, World Water Day is held under the slogan “Groundwater: Making the invisible visible”: “Groundwater: the invisible treasure”.

An essential resource, groundwater is subject to pollution by human activity and increasingly exposed to the effects of climate change. Many people are unaware of this problem, so this day should raise awareness in society and politicians about the importance and value of our precious groundwater.

The management of water resources is also an important subject for Thales. Thanks to Thales’ commitment to ensure a 75% non-hazardous waste recycling rate until 2023, the volume of waste per person has been reduced by 20% over the past two years. With regard to the management of water resources, Thales attaches importance to low water consumption by applying optimized long-term management planning and by refraining from carrying out activities in regions that lack water. water.

Cybersecurity for the water sector

Continuous population growth leads to increased demand for water as a vital resource and poses great challenges to water management organizations in preservation and management. For this, the sector uses a wealth of digital information to make competent decisions which, in turn, cover the demand in the respective regions, in compliance with environmental and economic regulations.

Every interruption in the availability of drinking water can have catastrophic effects on local health and the economy, which is why the sector is a potential target for cyberattacks on vital infrastructure. Cyber ​​defense must therefore be part of the digital transformation strategy of every water management organization – not only to ensure the integrity and availability of drinking water, but also to protect sensitive or private data. As part of Vormetric Transparent Encryption, Thales therefore relies on advanced encryption of data at rest, access control and audit logging for data access and thus makes an important contribution to the protection of the essential resource.

Thales technologies for ocean monitoring

ITo protect water, Thales technologies support ocean monitoring: Thales Alenia Space has, for example, built the Sentinel-3 satellites, provided the Ocean and Land Color Instrument (OLCI) and the Synthetic Aperture Radar Altimeter (SRAL) for satellites. The satellites now provide data on sea level, temperature and color of the oceans, and are equipped with four essential instruments to follow the evolution of the oceans:

Thales Ocean and Land Color Imager (OLCI)

The OLCI accurately captures the color of the ocean surface, which is useful for monitoring water quality and discovering environmental pollution.

Synthetic Aperture Radar Altimeter (SRAL)

The SRAL measures sea level, decisive wave height, wind speed and sea ice elevation and thickness. Data collected by the radar altimeter can be used to derive maps of sea level and topography.

Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR)

SLSTR captures surface temperatures of land and sea surfaces. The instrument measures in nine spectral bands with an accuracy of up to 0.3 degrees centigrade and allows climatologists to create and adjust climate and weather models.

Microwave Radiometer (MWR)

The MWR submits information on the atmospheric water vapor and cloud water content to the earth. In addition, it provides emission and humidity data from land surfaces and is used to characterize ice surfaces.

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