Cambridge, 28th June 2016 – The SC20 – Sepura’s flagship series of hand-portable radios – has been approved for use on Airwave, the UK emergency services network. Sepura has a long history of providing mission critical radios to UK public safety customers; the STP, SRH and SRC radios have ensured the company’s market-leading status in the supply of hand-portables to UK Police Forces since 2002. “The SC20 radios have been designed to provide a smarter user experience,” said Mark Barnby, Sepura’s Head of Product Management for Devices. “Class 3 high-power RF transmission, coupled with exceptional receive sensitivity, gives the SC20 series extended operational range, stretching coverage into areas and buildings where it was not possible before.” “The high-speed second data-bearer option places the SC20 in a unique position, creating the potential to offer capabilities never before associated with a TETRA device, including over-the-air programming via Wi-Fi, control of a body-worn camera, or tethering to a smartphone or tablet device by Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. This is coupled with an extended applications capability that puts real back office intelligence into the hands of the Airwave user.” Submersible, waterproof, salt-resistant and dustproof, the SC20 series also boasts market-leading IP66, IP67 and IP68 environmental protection ratings and an easy-clean design, allowing it to be rinsed in running water. Unique water-porting technology, combined with 2W audio output ensures clarity of communications in harsh conditions. “We are delighted that these revolutionary radios are now available to the UK’s public safety users,” said Gary Maughan, Sepura’s Regional Director UK&I. “The ability to utilise narrowband data applications; extended coverage; superior audio and exceptional toughness of the SC20 series will drive efficiency and enhance the experience and evolving communications requirements of the UK’s public safety users during the transition to ESN.” Media contact:Rebecca Greenall, Sepura plc.Tel: +44 (0)1223 877202Mob: +44 (0)7920 email@example.com
Jersey City, NJ–– June 24, 2016 - PowerTrunk Inc., part of the Sepura Group, has been chosen by Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd to deploy a TETRA radio network at the Meliadine gold mine in Canada, further strengthening the company’s penetration into the North American mining sector. The Meliadine advanced-stage gold project in Nunavut Territory, in northern Canada, is Agnico Eagle’s second major project in Canada’s Low Arctic, following the Meadowbank mine. Meliadine is the Agnico Eagle’s largest development project based on reserves and resources. “Following a successful first phase deployment at the Meadowbank Gold Mine, we are happy to continue working with PowerTrunk.” said Philip Quessy, Eng, General IT Supervisor AEM. “We selected TETRA again because it provides us with advanced features within a reliable and proven platform that meets our user requirements.” Meliadine is the second contract awarded to PowerTrunk by Agnico Eagle to provide secure and reliable voice and data TETRA communications for the day to day operations of their mines. The network comprises PowerTrunk-T TETRA infrastructure for both outdoor and underground mining communications, four base stations, and an expected roll out of several hundred robust, IP67 rated STP9000 hand-portables for workers, together with SRG3900 mobiles with color consoles for vehicle communication. The equipment will have to withstand some of the world’s harshest weather conditions with temperatures which can easily reach -40ºC in the winter. “Since entering the North American market in 2012, TETRA continues to challenge the functionalities which customers should expect in their Land Mobile Radio solutions,” said David Torres, PowerTrunk’s Senior Vice President of Sales. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Agnico Eagle and to introducing new customers to TETRA.” See also: www.powertrunk.comwww.sepura.com Contact:PowerTrunk, Keith Ammons, 1-201-630-4520, firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend ASTRID completed the changeover from its old paging system to the new one. Paging is used by the fire brigades and emergency services to call volunteers who are equipped with pagers through which they can receive alert notices. The important preparations for renovating the infrastructure and ensuring continuity of the service provision in the future started one year ago. ASTRID worked closely together with the user organisations throughout the entire process. During the changeover on Saturday, June 4th 2016, ASTRID constantly kept users informed about the course of events. The technically complex migration was completed in four hours (between 8 AM and noon), during which time the paging service was interrupted. Following several months of preparation, the technical teams from ASTRID and its suppliers have done their utmost to ensure a smooth transition. After the switchover of the 226 antennas in various locations all over the country, the pagers of the volunteer firefighters and emergency responders as well as the alarm terminals at the fire stations automatically connected to the new system. On the Saturday afternoon the teams carried out on-site technical maintenance on 30 antennas. More than 2.3 million pages pass through the paging network every year. Radio communication was not interrupted during the switchover operation as it did not involve the ASTRID TETRA radio network. Necessary worksCertain components of the old paging system had become outdated (2001) or had reached end-of-life status and the supplier was no longer able to offer maintenance or a replacement. The paging service is a quintessential tool for calling volunteer firefighters to the fire station. After consultation with the users it was decided to re-opt for POCSAG, a proven and widely used technology standard that continues to meet the operational needs of the emergency services. The renewal of the paging system encompasses the replacement of the network core and its auxiliary system (consolidated in three data centres), the gradual replacement of the emitters on the antennas, and the addition of certain features with added value for the users. After completion of a public procurement awarded in 2015 to the company Thales, the paging technology will be brought up to date from the previous system. This will allow for a reduction in operational costs at the same time. The users of the paging system A pager is a device through which volunteers can receive short messages (e.g.: “Urgent intervention – house fire”) or codes transmitted by the station. The main users of this simple and efficient alerting system are the (voluntary) fire brigade, the Civil Protection Service, several medical emergency services, doctors, hospitals and the Red Cross. The system allows for sending an alarm message simultaneously to a large number of volunteers who possess a pager and are located outside the station (at work or at home). Approximately 6,400 alarm messages pass through the ASTRID paging network every day. Paging subscriptions are free of charge for emergency zones (fire brigade) and public emergency services. Christophe Grégoire, Chief Operations Officer at ASTRID:“This technological upgrade offers a direct operational benefit to the users in the field, i.e. the 12,000 volunteer firefighters who are active throughout Belgium. In addition, it ensures continuity of the paging service for another 15 years. I would like to thank all of the users and everyone who has participated in the works for their contribution to this complex migration effort.” Features and benefits of the new paging system: Messages are transmitted faster as a result of more rapid processing in the centralised system Better redundancy: The centralised systems are redundant and constantly exchange their data between them Advanced system monitoring from the ASTRID Service Centre No need to replace the 21,000 pagers already in use in the field Guaranteed technological support from the supplier of the infrastructure (Thales) for the next 15 years New key features in the longer term: - Encryption of messages - Transmission of acknowledgment of receipt - Automatic re-transmission effort in case of failed delivery The Technology The ASTRID paging network consists of 226 antennas dispersed through Belgium as well as centralised management systems (servers). Alarm messages are sent from the server to the antennas, which in turn forward them to the pagers. The technology underlying the ASTRID paging network is based on the POCSAG standard. The system allows emergency services to quickly send and receive messages throughout the whole country. The ASTRID paging network offers maximum indoor coverage. Paging messages can be transmitted to pagers by phone, via an ASTRID radio or very specifically via a PC or alarm terminal. CONTACT: Frederik LanghendriesGSM 0496/59 57 14 - Email email@example.com
The TCCA represents TETRA, the most successful mission critical communications voice and narrowband data mobile standard in the world. Now available with TEDS supporting wideband data, we support the further development of the standard and promote its increasing adoption by professional users in a growing number of market sectors across all continents. For critical broadband data communications, we are driving the development of common global mobile standards.