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TETRA in Mexico

TETRA returns to Mexico City ! If you are interested in critical communications. If you are interested in TETRA, then this is the event for you. Hear from several leading TETRA experts (in Spanish), see some of the latest equipment and meet all of your friends and colleagues ! This is a free to attend event. Delegate invitation in SpanishDelegate invitation in English Exhibitor information is available from admin@tandcca.com

Caracas/Bad Münder, August 20, 2014 Together with its partners, Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH is awarded the contract to outfit the police in Caracas with a TETRA mobile radio system. Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH confirms the successful conclusion of the negotiations with the Ministerio del Poder Popular pora Relaciones Intriores (Government Procurement Office) in Venezuela. Together with its partners APD and Cobra, the next step will be the implementation phase of the project. In the process, the latest generation of technology will be employed in Venezuela: the DIB-R5 TETRA base stations with TEDS support (Tetra Enhanced Data Service). In addition, the order covers the complete bandwidth of the Hytera TETRA product portfolio. From the PT580H TETRA hand held mobile radio via the MT680 TETRA mobile radio up to the DIB-R5 base stations, only TETRA technology from Hytera will be used. The TETRA system will be used by the police in Caracas. Approximately 4000 hand held and mobile radios will help to ensure that the task forces on site can completely rely on the police mobile radio system. An important point in planning was the geographical situation of Caracas, since the city is situated in a region of Venezuela that is at an extremely high risk of earthquakes. Redundancies were integrated into the network equipment in case any base station should ever fail. This means that the DIB-R5 all have a backup base station which is placed at a different location and can take over the radio coverage of the region of a failed DIB-R5 if needed. This ensures that the system will be available at any time, even in case of unforeseeable events. Marco Martinato, Vice President Sales Key Projects and the person in charge of the project at Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH: "After intensive negotiations, we can now start the next phase of the project. With Hytera, the Ministerio del Poder Popular pora Relaciones Intriores has a strong partner at its side, and we are looking forward to the collaboration."  Contact person for Bad Münder press agent: Markus Oltmanns, ph.: (05024) 998-232, fax: (05024) 998-105, e-mail: markus.oltmanns@hytera.de Contact for readers: info@hytera.de

Airwave, the leading provider of mission critical voice and data communications, has again been invited by the organisers to present and participate in a panel discussion at Critical Communications Middle East 2014 taking place at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai from 14 to 16 September 2014.  Airwave’s Mike McKone, Director – Middle East will present on the advantages of deploying a hybrid network which allows operators and customers to build capacity around requirements without a huge upfront investment in infrastructure. This approach also allows operators to learn and adapt whilst formulating an understanding in order to use the new technology to its full potential.  “I will give an overview of hybrid networks, and then use a case study to demonstrate how we deliver a seamless service by combining the benefits of Airwave’s Emergency Services Network with the broadband capacity of mobile network operators to deliver early benefits,” says Mike.  As well as presenting at the event, Airwave will have a stand presence (stand B6) to showcase some of the business’s more recent product launches and to share expertise and experiences with colleagues in the region.  Airwave’s conference schedule:  Monday, 15 September at 13:50 (20 minutes)  PANEL DISCUSSION: Exploring the full potential of mission-critical broadband Panellists Include:  Major Mohammed ALKhanbashi, Projects Manager – IT & Telecommunication, Abu Dhabi Police (chair) Senior representative, Airbus Defence and Space Mike McKone, Director – Middle East, Airwave Qaid Al Rousan, Key Account Director, Enterprise Department, Huawei Sushil Kumar, Senior Director, Business Development – Asia Pacific & Middle East Region, Motorola Solutions Luis Callen, VP International Sales – Middle East, Teltronic    Monday, 15 September between 16:00 and 17:00 (ten minute slots)  Exhibition Tour: During the hour, Airwave will offer visitors to the stand (B6) information on LTE and its applications.   Tuesday, 16 September at 11:35 (20 minutes)  Multi-Technology Networks: Hybrid LTE Networks  Mike McKone, Director Middle East, Airwave  For more information and to register for the Critical Communications Middle East 2014, click here.

Exceptional security measures for British royal family and VIPs ASTRID, the Belgian TETRA network operator for emergency and security services, registered significant peaks in radio traffic during the Great War commemorations that were held last Monday (4th August). During large-scale events, radio communication constitutes an indispensable aid for the police and emergency services. Because of the scope of the security deployed last Monday, there was more than double the radio traffic on over twenty ASTRID base stations in Liège, Leuven and Mons. Exceptional measures The commemorations that were held last Monday in several Belgian cities signified a major challenge for the police and all emergency and security services. The presence of numerous royals (Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, Prince William and Duchess Kate, Prince Harry, King Felipe VI of Spain), government leaders, ministers and high representatives made exceptional security measures necessary. Hundreds of agents of the local and federal police, Defence, staff from town and province councils, the fire brigades, the Civil Defence, the medical services, national and international security personnel were deployed. The provincial control rooms (CIC) and the crisis and command centres were veritable beehives of activity. Management of the events by all of these components of the security system generated far more radio traffic on the ASTRID network than on a normal day. Twice as much radio traffic on 20 ASTRID base stations The ASTRID systems played their supporting role flawlessly. Police radio communications went without a hitch, despite a doubling of the communication on 10 base stations in the Liège area, on 9 base stations in Mons and on 2 base stations in the centre of Leuven. On the air-ground-air base station in Liège that is reserved for the communication of helicopters, there was 9 times more radio traffic than normal. The base station of Lantin (Liège) processed up to 105% more communication than on a normal day. ASTRID registered a traffic peak of 2000 minutes of communication between 3 and 4 p.m. on the involved base stations in Liège, and a peak of 800 minutes of communication between 5 and 6 p.m. on the involved base stations in Mons. Moving VIPs, moving communication With each movement of the delegations from one site to another, the ASTRID network clearly registered the corresponding communication peaks. For example, on the base stations in the centre of Mons there was a substantial increase in the radio traffic as of 4 p.m., just prior to the arrival of members of the British royal family, and this continued until 8 p.m. Radio location in the control rooms In the 3 involved provincial control rooms (provincial CIC in Mons, Liège and Leuven) an interactive map tracks the movements of field agents in real time. The position of the teams is determined via the GPS built into their ASTRID radios, and they can be dispatched in another direction at any moment. The helicopters transmit live video images, so that the teams can react immediately. Consultation with the site ASTRID prepared the events in consultation with the organising bodies. Coverage and capacity measurements were performed in the preceding weeks. With a view to greater use comfort for the radios, ASTRID provided for a temporary strengthening of the capacity. One carrier was added on the base station in Cointe (Liège) which covers the Inter-Allied Memorial. The mobile base station (MTU lorry) was also set up near the St Symphorien cemetery. Finally, a reinforced on-call technical team was also arranged for in order to be able to handle any incident. Daniel Haché, Director External Relations - ASTRID: ”As has already been frequently demonstrated at large-scale events, TETRA proves its added value in critical situations. Despite an exceptional network load, the infrastructure was able to handle the traffic peaks thanks to constant network monitoring, but above all thanks to the excellent cooperation between all the security services.”  Thierry Brasseur, liaison officer for the governor of the province of Liège in charge of public order: “Fortunately we registered zero incidents on the memorial day, so the interventions of the police forces remained limited. As far as the ASTRID communication is concerned, everything worked perfectly. ASTRID offers a huge advantage for the operational coordination of large-scale events. Our teams strictly observed the radio fleet map”.  A communication plan that was strictly observed  For events of this size, good radio discipline is an absolutely necessity: avoiding individual calls and scanning, using DMO on short distances, keeping the PTT button pressed, keeping calls short and to the point,… For the memorial ceremonies, the different security services made clear agreements about the communication structure, and the talk groups were optimally used. Co-ordination between motorcyclists, foot teams, mounted police units, helicopters, vehicles, command centres and provincial control rooms requires structured radio communication. The ASTRID radio network is able to handle large communication peaks. Day after day, ASTRID systematically monitors the network traffic in order to identify and address any problems in good time, so that the capacity can continue to meet the needs of the radio users in the field. The ASTRID radio network currently has around 520 base stations located throughout the Belgian territory. CONTACT: Frederik LanghendriesMobile: +32 (0) 496/59 57 14Email: fred.lang@astrid.bewww.astrid.be

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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