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Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ/TASE: ESLT), a leading global defense electronics and homeland security company and Israel’s largest non-governmental defense contractor, has been awarded a $19 million contract by Uruguay’s Interior Ministry and the Municipality of Maldonado, to install a Smart City + Safe District video surveillance and sensor system covering the world-renowned Punta Del Este international luxury tourism and casino beach resort for the uber-rich. The “St Tropez of South America” is how the real estate agents like to brand it, says The Guardian. Others have likened Punta del Este or “Punta” to Monaco or Marbella. The quantity of top-dollar houses has persuaded the property arms of Christie’s and Sotheby’s to set up local offices in recent years. Monthly holiday rents can easily run into five figures during high season (US dollars that is, not local pesos), which lasts for about 10 weeks from late December to early March. “A sun-tanned cocktail waitress drops a sprig of mint into a mojito in the members-only bar at the Punta del Este racetrack. It is the third ePrix of the season (think Formula 1 with battery engines; more high-pitched squeal than guttural ‘vroom’) and this exclusive Uruguayan beach-side city is playing host,” The Guardian reported during Punta del Este’s recent high season. “Banners for Julius Baer, a Swiss private bank, flap in the wind. Lycra-clad models hand out hors d’oeuvres.” “Ever since wealthy Argentine and Uruguayan holidaymakers discovered this sun-drenched peninsula in the early 20th century, the city has enjoyed a reputation as a playground for the elite,” the British newspaper added, while “multimillion dollar yachts crowd bow to stern in the marina. Skyscraper apartments stretch into the cloudless azure skies. Cruise liners bob on the horizon.” Because it draws thousands of visitors, Punta del Este has its own international airport, the Aeropuerto Internacional de Punta del Este, located in the municipality of Maldonado, just a few minutes from the city. Naomi Campbell, George Clooney, Shakira, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, and British and Spanish royalty, are among the famous celebrities who have been spotted in Punta. In 1967, Punta del Este hosted the Summit of the Americas attended by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1986, Punta del Este played host to the start of the Uruguay Round of international trade negotiations, which ultimately led to the creation of the World Trade Organization in 1994. The Elbit Smart City information and communication technology (ICT) system will span across the South American nation’s six most high profile tourism destinations, including Punte del Este, San Carlos, Jose Ignacio, Maldonado, Piriapolis and Solis, over a total of 2000 sq km (770 square miles) on the Atlantic Coast. [caption id="attachment_432781" align="alignleft" width="1024"]Trump Tower Punta del Este Trump Tower Punta del Este[/caption] The Elbit Smart City system will include more than 1000 cameras and sensors, including vehicle traffic control, laid out at strategic standpoints. The collected information will be transferred to a control center to be located next to the Police Headquarters, which will include command and control (C2) systems with unique analytics capabilities, staffed by 50 people. The sensors and cameras infrastructure will transmit real-time data from the field to the C2 control room, and alert law enforcement officials, including logistics and emergency personnel, depending on the nature of the events or incidents. “We are proud to have won this Safe District contract, demonstrating our ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) and HLS (Homeland Security) capabilities,” said Elbit Systems ISTAR Division’s executive vice president and general manager Elad Aharonson. SIBAT, the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) International Defense Cooperation directorate, will monitor the project’s completion and performance. elbit_C4_command_centerElbit Systems is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. Elbit Systems operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems, and provides a range of support services, including training and simulation systems. The company was founded in 1966 by Elron Electronic Industries (TASE: ELRN). It is headquartered in Haifa, Israel, and has 12,000 employees.]]>