an expert in Airport fire safety and fire alarm, automatic extinguishing and supervision of safety systems.

Airport Security and Access Control



DEF is an expert in Airport fire safety and fire alarm, automatic extinguishing and supervision of safety systems. DEF equips airports all over the world with solutions and services for fire safety systems

  • DEF is a major French independent company, founded in 1958.
  • 1200 employees.
  • 129 Millions euros turnover in 2008.
  • 24 local branches in France.
  • 7 subsidiaries around the world : Italy, Belgium, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, China, West Africa.
  • A commercial foothold across 30 countries.


Being in the fire detection field since a long time, DEF equips airports all over the world: Paris CDG, Marseille, Lyon, Cairo, Jakarta, Dakar, Casablanca, Abidjan, Phnom Penh...

In our approach of these sites, we initially assess the overall functional requirements:

  • taking into account the varied exogenic risks,
  • the reliability of the system,
  • the guarantee of free operation,
  • the limitations of restraints in public zones,
  • the obligation of an optimal maintainability.

Then, we carry out a detailed risk analysis taking into account the particular characteristics of the site:

  • its structures: volumes of great height (halls of terminals, technical zones),
  • the specificity of public zones: variable calorific value, with significant factor of propagation,
  • sensitive zones: the risks are mixed, the zones to be protected being multiple (commercial zones compartmentalised and on variable surface, zones of intensive crowd passage).


  • Outstanding R&D and production capacity
    Cutting edge technological equipment for Research and Development and highly qualified creative team.
    3 factories in France for fire detectors, fire safety panels, fire
    detectors refurbishment.
    1 factory in Italy and 1 in China.
  • Certified skills
    All DEF activities are ISO 9001/2000 certified for design, R & D and production.
    All DEF products are NF and EN approved.
    Also CCC approved in China.
  •  A wide range of solutions and services
    DEF meets all needs, whether for the services sector (offices, airports, hospitals, school buildings, hotels), or for the industrial sector (nuclear power stations, food-processing sites, computer rooms, waste storage facilities, etc...).
    • Technological fire safety solutions:
      • Fire detection,
      • Automatic extinguishing,
      • Supervision of safety systems.
    • Customised services:
      • Engineering,
      • Installation,
      • Commissioning,
      • Maintenance,
      • Refurbishment.


  • Charles de Gaulle airport (Paris).
  • Marseille-Provence airport (Marseille).
  • Saint-Exupéry airport (Lyon).
  • Roland Garros airport (La Réunion).
  • Aimé Césaire airport (Martinique).
  • Tontouta airport (New caledonia).


  • Algiers airport (Algeria).
  • Dakar airport (Senegal).
  • Tabarka airport (Tunisia).
  • Felix Houphouet Boigny airport (Ivory Coast).
  • Abu Dhabi airport (UAE).
  • Baghdad airport (Iraq).