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Critical Communications Asia 2015

The TCCA is delighted to be returning to Asia in 2015 with Critical Communications Asia. For all the latest information including how you can participate please visit the dedicated website: http://criticalcommunicationsasia.com

The Highways Agency has signed a 36-month extension on its existing Airwave contract. This ensures that it is able to continue secure communications with its colleagues using Airwave’s Emergency Services Network (ESN) and to interoperate with all the emergency services in Great Britain.  The £8.1m contract was officially signed in November and came into immediate effect.  The Highways Agency has used Airwave’s ESN since 2005 to manage traffic and tackle congestion. In order to communicate with control rooms and other agencies and partners, especially during a crisis, the Agency needs resilient systems in place.  Every Highways Agency patrol vehicle is equipped with an Airwave radio programmed with the shared channels (talk groups) to monitor incidents as they happen. This means that when officers arrive at an incident they are already fully briefed. Contacts:  General Media EnquiriesHelen Bleasdale, Media Relations Managerhelen.bleasdale@airwavesolutions.co.uk, (M):07894 491 811

Cambridge, 12 December 2014 - Sepura TETRA radios have been selected for the new digital communication system deployed for NEXUS, Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s public transport organisation.  Sepura terminals are part of a technical solution designed by their established partner Schnoor Industrieelektronik GmbH & Co.KG. This solution enabled Kapsch CarrierCom, Schnoor’s Austria-based partner, to win NEXUS’ competitive tender for the replacement of Tyne and Wear metro’s legacy analogue communication system.  The new digital solution, part of a total investment of over 600M GBP for the modernisation of the Tyne and Wear area’s metro, comprises a specifically deployed TETRA network and radio terminals for train cabs, drivers, shunters and maintenance personnel.  Ralf Oppermann, Global Sales Director from Schnoor commented: “We worked very closely with all the parties involved and were able to deliver a very strong proposal. A key contributor to the overall success of the project was undoubtedly the dedicated cab radio retrofit solution based on the Sepura SRG3900 mobile radio. The new cab radios, thanks to their simple and familiar lay-out perfectly fit the limited dashboard space and reduce training costs, which would have been otherwise incurred to familiarise the drivers with the new system”.  The new solution also comprises Sepura STP9 hand-portables with cradles for the train drivers and the shunting locomotives, these will be used for communication between the drivers, the control room and the depot controllers during the potentially safety-critical shunting operations.  Mr Oppermann concluded: “The reasons that influenced our decision to use Sepura radio products for the NEXUS solution were manifold; in particular we were impressed with the compact design of the mobile radio and its ability to operate at extreme temperatures, enabling us to deliver a system that meets the EN 50155 railroad standard. In addition, the Sepura STP9 hand-portable radio was the ideal choice for shunting operations thanks to its impressive levels of ruggedness and robustness”.  Tyne and Wear Metro now benefits from continuous communications across its network comprising Nexus and Network Rail tracks: the train radios can seamlessly communicate with either the Nexus or the Network Rail control rooms depending on the tracks they use at any point in time.  Dawn Griffiths, Business Development Manager for Sepura said: “This success augments our already excellent collaboration track record with Schnoor and Kapsch and is also the perfect outcome of strong partnerships committed to understanding customers’ requirements and the delivery of solutions that customers need. We look forward to many more joint successes within the transport sector in UK and abroad”.    Media Contact:Rosanna NormanMarketing Communications ManagerSepura plcTel: +44 (0) 1223 877283

Finland continues to invest in Tetra technology to guarantee users uninterrupted network performance and quality of service  Airbus Defence and Space has been awarded a major contract for the modernisation of the Finnish nationwide Tetra network VIRVE, operated by State Security Networks Ltd. The purpose of the 30 million euro frame contract is to renew about one third of the Tetra network’s elements and to update software over the next five years. It aims to ensure the high functionality and performance of the radio network far into the future and supports the customer’s long-term strategy.  VIRVE currently serves around 34,000 subscribers from all public safety and security services (police, fire, social, health and ambulance services) and armed forces in Finland and is an important element for the country’s security-related situations, guaranteeing its users uninterrupted network performance and quality of service. Thus, the functioning of the technical systems of the network has to be assured during the whole renewal process.  The renewal covers the exchange of crucial components of the core network, including 450 base stations. A “disaster recovery solution” will allow an even better functioning of the radio communication in extreme conditions, such as storms, flooding etc. which might cause damage to the network’s hardware or transmission lines.  Jarmo Vinkvist, CEO of Suomen Virveverkko Oy, said: “Finnish emergency and security services rely heavily on the communications systems provided through VIRVE. Tetra will remain our technology for mobile voice communications in the public safety sector for years to come. Thus, we are continuing our investment efforts in this technology.”  Nicole Lecca, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space, said: “The Finnish emergency and security services are one of our longest-standing customers. This renewal contract is very important for us, as it illustrates confidence in Airbus Defence and Space. Moreover, it clearly shows that Tetra will remain an essential asset for mission-critical voice communications in the next decade.”  The VIRVE network is owned and operated by Suomen Virveverkko Oy, part of the State Security Networks Group. It was the world’s first nationwide Tetra technology-based public safety mobile network, introduced in 2002.  Picture:Timo Lehtimäki (right), CEO of State Security Networks Ltd and Hans Holmberg (left), CEO of Airbus Defence and Space Oy, signing the VIRVE frame contract.  Contact:Anke SturtzelTel: +33 1 6138 5330Email: anke.sturtzel@cassidian.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.

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