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The TCCA is planning to organise a Critical Comms event in Sao Paulo.

Zetron, its president, and employees are donating $7,455 to the American Red Cross in support of the agency’s efforts to assist those affected by the wildfires in Central and Eastern Washington.  Redmond, WA, September 3, 2015 – Zetron,a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions worldwide, is donating $7,455 to the American Red Cross to aid those fighting and affected by wildfires in Central and Eastern Washington. The contribution includes donations from Zetron employees and matching funds from the company and Zetron president and CEO, Ellen O’Hara.  “We extend our deepest sympathies to all of those who have been affected by these wildfires,” said O’Hara. “We sincerely hope our contributions can be of help and support to those fighting the fires and assisting with relief efforts, as well as those who have suffered losses as a result of the fires.”  According to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, 16 active fires in Washington State have charred more than 900,000 acres, an area larger than Rhode Island. As of this writing, the fires continue, but have slowed considerably due to the cooler weather and rain showers that have moved into the region.  To donate to Washington Wildfire Relief  To donate to American Red Cross Washington Wildfire relief efforts, go to: Northwest Response: Northwest Wildfires.

Airbus Defence and Space will equip Sharjah International Airport in the UAE with a modern Tetra (terrestrial trunked radio) communications network. The contract has been awarded to the local company Nedaa, which provides telecommunication services to specialised governmental, semi-governmental and private institutions in the region. The new network will include several Tetra base stations (TB3) and 400 Tetra-based wireless communication devices (TH1n and THR9i).  Sharjah Airport handles nearly 12 million passengers per year and is the third-largest air freight hub by cargo tonnage in the Middle East. The new radio communications system meets high international standards and business requirements and is therefore able to support the work of airport management and enhance operations substantially by improving communication capabilities. The Tetra technology will increase the airport’s security levels in order to better preserve the confidentiality of information and communications.  “We have chosen Airbus Defence and Space’s technology and signed this agreement as part of our continuous efforts to deliver the best possible services to passengers, as well as to ease the workflow ofcompanies operating at Sharjah International Airport,” said Mohammed Al Zaghlawan, General Manager of Sharjah Aviation Services, a leading provider of aviation ground services within the United Arab Emirates.   Contact:Anke SturtzelTel: +33 1 6138 5330Email: anke.sturtzel@airbus.com

MANCHESTER, UK, 3 September 2015 – Mason Advisory will form part of the KBR team appointed to support the Home Office in delivering a new mobile communications service for police, fire and ambulance users in the UK. Mason Advisory will support KBR with technical and public-safety expertise for this complex and critical service. Last week KBR was announced as the Home Office’s Delivery Partner for the GBP1 billion Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP). Mason Advisory will support KBR throughout the four-year programme with expert resource to manage and assure the rigorous testing and trials programme – essential to ensure users have the confidence that the Emergency Services Network (ESN) meets mission-critical requirements – and to provide assurance of the underlying ESN technology and service elements in partnership with the Home Office team. The programme will securely deliver broadband data and voice services that will ensure the emergency services have cost-effective access to a mobile communications platform that supports an increasingly data-centric world. The ESN will not only help support feature-rich mobile data services it will also help blue-light organisations to transform their control room environments, as well as supporting the numerous channel-shift programmes already underway in delivering digital services to the public. Duncan Swan, Director at Mason Advisory, said: “Those associated with the ESMCP all have a single goal: to deliver a mobile communications network worthy of those who work within our emergency services – often in difficult circumstances. At Mason Advisory, we understand this goal and will bring our knowledge and experience of mission-critical systems to ensure ESN is fit for purpose through rigorous real-life test scenarios and through assurance of the systems and solutions.” Andrew Barrie, Head of Government Services at KBR Ltd, noted: "We are delighted to have been selected by the Home Office to manage this critical communications service. At the heart of this programme is public safety and we look forward to playing our part in the delivery of an enhanced, more flexible, and more affordable communications and data capability, fit for our emergency services in the twenty-first century." The ESMCP Delivery Partner role will commence work immediately and is scheduled to run for just over four years. The KBR team combines resources and skills from a range of experts from both the public sector and industry including the emergency services.   Media contact:Bridie DouglasMason Advisory LimitedTel: +44 (0)333 301 0093Email: bridie_douglas@masonadvisory.comWeb: http://www.masonadvisory.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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