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5th Critical Control Rooms

Co-located with Smart Cities

The very successful Critical Control Rooms event will take place this year at the Hotel Melia, Avenida America, Madrid, Spain on the 9th to 11th of December 2014. For all the latest information and to register for the event please visit: www.criticalcontrolrooms.com This year it will be co-located with Safe Cities. For further details visit: http://www.safecitiesevent.com

Not only the employees took part at the laying of the foundation of the new Hytera Technology Center and Canteen on the 20th of November, some politicians also followed the invitation to Eimbeckhausen. Besides the two architects Joachim Riemer and Gerrit Niemeier the mayor of the city Bad Münder as well as the local mayor of Eimbeckhausen Karl-Heinz Bodtmann was attending the ceremony.  The Technology Center shall offer more space for the growing workforce at the site of Hytera the Mobilfunk GmbH in Bad Münder. As part of this building project also a new canteen with view on the Deister-Valley will be built.  In his speech Matthias Klausing, CEO of the Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH, emphasised his close connection with the city of Eimbeckhausen and the Deister-Süntel-Valley region. That the planning process now is being put into practice is a milestone for the company and their employees said Klausing. „A good house needs a strong foundation and that applies for Hytera as well. We came so far in the last three years because our foundation of committed and qualified employees was exactly right.”  To capture this special day for future Hytera generations, a time capsule has been put into the foundation walls of the new Technology Center.

In a surprise decision which reflects the converging and dynamic nature of the radio industry, the radio industry’s highest honour goes this year not to a handset or base-station, but to an innovative antenna.  Panorama Antennas are this year’s winners of the prestigious FCS Gerald David Award for Innovation in Business Radio. Panorama Antennas LGMM-7-27-24-58 antenna solution provides dual MiMo antenna functions for 4G/LTE and dual band WiFi together with an active GPS antenna in a single-hole installation. The compact housing provides the isolation and low correlation factors required for effective MiMo operation.  This enables an installer to carry out an effective antenna installation without the need to understand the specific technicalities of MiMo antennas, reduces the installation time -- providing a cost reduction for the installation process whilst improving the vehicle residual value.  “The industry can rightly be amazed at the explosion in the use of new technologies that has arisen due to the application of digital information”, said chairman of the judges Paul Smye-Rumsby. “So it might also be amazed that this year's BR14 Gerald David Award goes to Panorama Antennas.  “One might be forgiven for reasoning that there ain't much digital technology in antennas so what's the award for? The award is for innovation in business radio. Lest we forget, the function of all this technology ain't much good without antennas to carry our highly sophisticated emissions to their destination. Well done Panorama. You deserved it one hundred percent.”  PHOTO shows John Thomson, Panorama’s Technical Sales & Support Manager, receiving the 2014 FCS Gerald David Award from Professor Jim Norton, guest of honour at the Business Radio Gala Dinner at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon on November 13.  Notes for editors The FCS award is named in honour of the late Gerald David OBE, a tireless advocate of the business radio industry in the UK. Its aim is both to recognise innovation within the business radio community and to flag up to the communications and IT industry as a whole that business radio is a vital, viable and progressive part of the mix.  Professor Jim Norton, former head of the Radiocommunications Agency, was a personal friend of Gerald David and shared some reminiscences with the audience before presenting the award.  The Awards presentation took place at the annual Business Radio Gala Dinner, which followed FCS Business Radio 14, the industry’s biggest ever one-day business summit.  Runners up of the Award were Motorola Solutions and Icom UK, more information on their applications can be requested from the FCS by emailing Louise Britchford on lbritchford@fcs.org.uk  

Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN), an ExxonMobil subsidiary, is operator of its joint venture with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The Company was desirous to install a new TETRA IP Infrastructure to modernize the existing DIMETRA-P Infrastructure, providing several add on services next to the voice service. The design had to be a future proof solution to optimize the TETRA infrastructure network to take advantage of the latest IP version features and capabilities in accordance to Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) service requirements.  MPN selected Rohill’s TetraNode. TetraNode delivers fully redundant soft-switch critical communications technology based on standard IP protocols. Twelve sites with redundant IP interfaces have been installed to provide communications for on- and offshore operations. The system is supplied with a geo-redundant switching infrastructure.  The migration from DIMETRA-P to TetraNode went successfully and the responses are positive: call setups are faster, improvement of audio quality and no more dead spots in coverage.  The implementation of TetraNode was completed early 2014.

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.

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