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Critical Communications Asia 2015

The TCCA is delighted to be returning to Asia in 2015 with Critical Communications Asia. If you want to know about TETRA and other critical communications then this is a "must attend" event for you. For all the latest information including how you can participate please visit the dedicated website: http://criticalcommunicationsasia.com

Chesham UK, 24 February 2015 – Axell Wireless, the worldwide provider of indoor wireless cellular and public safety solutions, has today announced that its integration into Cobham will be fully completed by July 2015. This follows the acquisition of the company by Cobham in May 2013. Axell Wireless, together with test and measurement company Aeroflex - acquired by Cobham in September last year - will form a new business unit, Cobham Wireless. The Cobham Wireless business unit, which will be led by Senior Vice President Ian Langley, will be a part of Cobham’s Communications and Connectivity sector. The completion of the Axell integration enables the former Axell business to take advantage of the combined capabilities in the Cobham portfolio. Axell’s heritage is in designing and developing DAS coverage solutions for both cellular and public safety uses, in environments where providing communications infrastructure through traditional channels is challenging. High-profile deployments include The Shard, The London 2012 Olympics, The Washington Transit network and The Burj Khalifa. Since its acquisition by Cobham, Axell has launched its dynamic wireless capacity management solution idDAS and has continued to deploy systems around the world, including Mandela Square in South Africa, World Trade Center One in the US and the World Cup stadia in Brazil. Axell will now look to increase its reach further into global markets, including building on its commercial and public safety expertise across North America, EMEA and APAC. Fred Cahill, Senior Vice President, Cobham Communications and Connectivity, said: “In the months since the acquisition we have concentrated on integrating the portfolios and building on Axell’s existing credentials in the public safety and cellular industries. Going forward, we will use this expertise to enhance our offering to existing Cobham customers in vertical industries, and increase the range available to Axell’s current customers.” Cobham Wireless SVP Ian Langley continued, “Operators are increasingly concerned with the reach of their networks, especially indoors, and are looking at ways to increase overall QoE and reduce churn. With the launch of idDAS last year, we have demonstrated its credentials and commitment to help operators achieve that aim. The continued investment in the business by Cobham will enable the team at Cobham Wireless to develop increasingly innovative solutions, putting us in an excellent position to continue to lead the DAS innovation market.” Axell Wireless will be demonstrating the latest enhancements to its idDAS solution at MWC 2015 in Barcelona in hall 6, stand D50.

ASTRID, the telecom operator for emergency and security services in Belgium, registered major peaks in radio traffic during the opening day of Mons European Capital of Culture. 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 weekend, radio traffic registered extraordinary peaks on the ASTRID base stations covering the centre of Mons.  Exceptional measures The festivities that were held this past weekend in Mons signified a major challenge for the police and all emergency and security services. The presence of the royal couple, ministers and 100,000 visitors made exceptional security measures necessary. Hundreds of agents of the local and federal police, volunteers, military, firefighters, Red Cross aid workers, public transport agents as well as organising and safety personnel were deployed. To manage the event, all of these elements of the security system made full use of their ASTRID radios, generating far more traffic on the ASTRID network than on a normal weekend. Peaks of radio traffic on the ASTRID base stations The ASTRID systems played their supporting role flawlessly. Police radio communications went without a hitch, despite an overall radio traffic volume five times greater than normal between Saturday noon and Sunday morning on the base stations covering the centre of Mons. Communications follow the programme of the festivities On Saturday, radio traffic rose steadily from 12 noon to 3 p.m., at which time it was 9 times greater than an ordinary Saturday (413 minutes of communication/hour). The process of closing off the city to normal vehicle traffic undoubtedly generated numerous radio communications. A second peak was then registered towards 6 p.m., corresponding to the arrival of thousands of visitors in the city centre. Two other peaks were seen at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. The traffic remained exceptionally high until midnight, and it was only around 6 a.m. Sunday morning that the communications of the police and emergency services returned to normal.  Consultation with the field ASTRID prepared for the events in consultation with the authorities. Coverage and capacity measurements were conducted in the months preceding the big day. Useful lessons were drawn from the experience with the “ducasse of Mons”, a popular festival held each year on Trinity Sunday. The mobile base station (truck) was kept on stand-by so as to be able to handle any incident. ASTRID also installed a dispatching tool in the command centre for the benefit of the medical corps. Co-ordination between motorcyclists, foot teams, helicopters, patrol vehicles, the command centre and the provincial control room requires good radio discipline and structured communication.  24/7 capacity management 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 potential problems well in advance, so that the capacity can continue to meet the needs of the radio users in the field. ASTRID’s particularly dense radio network has 77 base stations distributed throughout the province of Hainaut and 520 across the entire territory of Belgium. The provincial control room (CIC Hainaut) hosted the command post integrated within the framework of the security management of the Mons 2015 opening. All of the disciplines are represented there. Computer-assisted dispatching makes it possible to receive emergency calls, forward them to the competent service and assist the teams in the field.  Philippe Borza, Security Director, Local police of Mons :  « The ASTRID communications are indispensable for our teams. Their effectiveness made it possible to ensure the safety of both the field teams themselves and the large number of visitors ».    Claude Jacquard, Director of the CIC Hainaut (Control Room 101) :  « Everything functioned perfectly on the level of the ASTRID communications. ASTRID offers a serious advantage for the operational coordination of large-scale multidisciplinary events. The team localisation function makes it possible to react immediately and deploy the resources in the field in an ideal manner.»  Daniel Haché, Director External Relations ASTRID : «The ASTRID systems prove their added value for the management of large-scale events. Despite an exceptional network load last Saturday, the infrastructure was able to handle traffic peaks, thanks notably to a constant capacity management and monitoring, but above all to the excellent planning of the communications and to the consultation with the services in the field.»  A few advantages of TETRA communication in the context of major events ASTRID’s 100% digital network guarantees excellent availability, an optimal communication quality and a high degree of security. The network is multidisciplinary: the field teams can communicate with all of the members of their team, as well as colleagues or other safety organizations. This function is essential for effective collaboration amongst the intervening parties. Digital technology filters out the background noise, which increases the listening comfort of users in noisy environments such as demonstrations. Finally, the ASTRID network is reserved for the exclusive use of the emergency and security services, which ensures a capacity margin in crisis situations. CONTACT: Frederik Langhendries Mobile: 0496/595714E-mail: fred.lang@astrid.be Website: http://www.astrid.be

Steady progress with LTE, TETRA continues worldwide growth, but spectrum issues loom large Critical decisions taken this year could impact the safety and security of millions of people worldwide. With many regions yet to decide whether to safeguard spectrum for Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) use, 2015 could be the last chance the mission critical community has to ensure that political decisions continue to allow first responders priority access to bandwidth for their mission-critical communications needs.  TETRA, the world’s most successful mission-critical communications standard, operates in dedicated spectrum, ensuring that police, fire and ambulance users don’t, for instance, have to fight with Facebook users for communications capacity – but will this be the case for LTE? Steady advances with the LTE standard mean the technology looks likely to be ready to support hybrid critical communications networks* over the course of the next decade. The decisions that will be taken at the World Radio Communications Conference in November will impact the effectiveness of first responders, if harmonised protected spectrum is not agreed. Individual governments will subsequently have to decide for or against dedicated LTE spectrum or solutions for mission-critical communications.  “This is a pivotal year, when regulators decide whether the emergency services should continue to have the ability for uninterrupted communications during major incidents once the LTE standard is ready to support mission-critical applications,” said Phil Kidner, CEO of the TCCA. “TETRA networks provide unrivalled availability, resilience and efficiency for their users. Many governments intend to continue investing in their existing TETRA networks, supplementing them with non-critical broadband data services using LTE. However, without guaranteed availability, LTE cannot claim to be a mission-critical bearer – assured spectrum is the key.”. Although work to develop the LTE standard to support mission-critical users is progressing steadily with the creation of the new dedicated SA6 working group within 3GPP, the global TETRA user base continues to grow. IHS predicts a seven per cent increase by 2018.  “Europe will remain the key region for TETRA, as the national TETRA networks across many European countries continue to expand to new users,” said Thomas Lynch, Associate Director, Critical Communications, IHS Technology. “However, North America is set to be a large potential market for TETRA as the penetration of the standard into commercial sectors such as transportation increases.”  *A combination of TETRA voice and LTE data using private and commercial networks

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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