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Important reference project for the energy sector  Vattenfall Europe Mining in Cottbus commissioned PBIT GmbH, a local value-added reseller of Airbus Defence and Space, to modernise its company-wide Tetra digital radio network. This involved upgrading the existing switching technology – the core element of the network – by means of two new DXT3 switches from Airbus Defence and Space. The network, which is made up of 26 transmitter sites and around 3,000 users, was thus made fully redundant. At the same time, the existing Tetra technology was upgraded with the latest Release 7.0. This makes the Vattenfall site in eastern Germany the first user worldwide of Airbus Defence and Space’s new version of Tetra technology. The modernised system offers features such as dual homing, which enables fully automatic operations at two switches. As part of the upgrade, some transmitter locations were migrated to the latest Internet Protocol (IP) technology, which provides more flexible system architectures, a better overview of maintenance costs and access to technologies of the future, particularly in the field of high-speed data transmission and the seamless broadband migration that entails. Vattenfall owns and operates five of its own opencast brown coal pits and three coal-fired power plants in the Lusatia region in eastern Germany. Eight years ago, the company opted for a secure and standalone Tetra network from Airbus Defence and Space for these locations. A communications network of this kind is indispensable for fail-safe voice communications and the transmission of data for the smooth operation of opencast pits and power plants, as well as for the active management and monitoring of all rail freight transport of brown coal. “For many years, we have worked with our system partner and distributor Airbus Defence and Space in order to successfully complete numerous analogue and digital radio network projects. Due to its complexity, however, the current project with Vattenfall Europe Mining AG was a great challenge. Thanks to the successful cooperation with Airbus Defence and Space, we could achieve the desired results,” said Ronald Bronk, CEO of PBIT GmbH. “Mining typically has constantly changing environmental and working conditions.” For this reason, we need particularly reliable, secure and powerful communication tools,” explained Uwe Urbanek, Head of Information and Communication Technology at Vattenfall Europe Mining AG. “We use the Tetra digital radio from Airbus Defence and Space as the primary means of communication to support our production processes. The modernisation and expansion of our network will ensure safe operations for the next 10 years.” “We are pleased that Vattenfall has once again placed its trust in us by choosing our technology. The smooth migration of the system is comparable to an open-heart operation. This was made possible during this important reference project thanks to the intensive cooperation between our partner company PBIT GmbH and our experts in Ulm, Sulzbach, Berlin and Jyväskylä and the great amount of hard work by everyone involved,” said Markus Kolland, Head of Secure Land Communications in Germany at Airbus Defence and Space.

Cambridge, 27th August 2015 - Two prestigious contracts have been awarded to Sepura’s long-standing German partner, Selectric GmbH, for the supply of more than 6000 TETRA radios to fire brigades in the regions of Straubing and Passau. These contracts – comprising a combination of the market-leading STP9000, STP8X Intrinsically-Safe ATEX/IECEx hand-portables and SRG3900 mobile radios, plus accompanying accessories – build on previous successes in Bavaria and bring the total number of Sepura TETRA radios in frame contracts for German Public Safety users to over 350,000. Hendrik Pieper, Managing Director for Selectric commented, "Sepura and Selectric’s joint knowledge of the challenges facing mission-critical communications in Germany – and our expertise in tackling them – have, once again, been clearly validated by this achievement.” Hooman Safaie, Regional Director for Sepura added, "This new success demonstrates the formidable strength of our partnership with Selectric. It also reflects our commitment to the German public safety market – the largest TETRA market in the world – and our determination to maintain market leadership in the country.”    Media contact:Rebecca Greenall, Sepura plc.Tel: +44 (0)1223 877202Mob: +44 (0)7920 788561rebecca.greenall@sepura.com

SEA Group selects Motorola Solutions’ TETRA digital radio system for Linate and Malpensa airports   TETRA Dimetra IP Compact solutions ensure secure and reliable communication, improving operations and customer service The TETRA solution can be extended to meet evolving operational requirements   MILAN, ITALY – Aug. 25, 2015 – Airport operator SEA Group (Società Esercizi Aeroportuali S.p.A.) has selected Motorola Solutions to improve operations and ensure the highest levels of security, efficiency and effectiveness at Milan’s Linate and Malpensa airports. Deploying a TETRA Dimetra IP Compact radio communications system to connect both of Milan’s airports, SEA is able to provide enhanced customer services with rapid flight turnaround and more efficient terminal operations. "With 1,200 operating radios and an increase in operations, SEA needed a more dynamic solution for communications," says Fabio Degli Esposti, information & communication technology director, SEA. "Faced with the need to replace an outdated system and the need to cope with an increasing demand of services, the only choice for us was to switch to digital technology, which is able to guarantee a safe and effective service." In Malpensa - where the old and the new systems had to coexist in the migration phase - everything was fully operational within just two weeks, including the configuration of 1,000 new radios. At Linate airport, the system, supporting 400 new radios, was set up in just a week.“SEA could not afford any inefficiency," says Giuliano Posenato, customer service manager, Motorola Solutions Italy. "The implementation had to be very fast, because the requirement was to change the engine on the machine while it was still running.”Motorola Solutions’ high-performance TETRA base stations now deliver TETRA network coverage in both airports. Old radios used by personnel throughout the airports where also replaced with new TETRA digital handsets. Motorola Solutions has signed a four-year managed services agreement with SEA, guaranteeing technology evolution including the replacement of its complete telecommunication system (controller, base stations and radios). Motorola Solutions will provide global integrated services infrastructure with highly qualified technical support and certified repair centres that will provide fast repair times and expert technical support for the system for many years to come. In September 2015, Motorola Solutions will upgrade the connections at both airports with the latest generation of Motorola Solutions TETRA system Dimetra 8.2 enhancing data transmission and offering the SEA the opportunity to develop rich data services to further improve both operations and the customer experience at Milan’s airports.

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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