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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

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

21 July 2014: The TCCA welcomes the stated commitment of new European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to make much better use of the great opportunities offered by digital technologies. In his New Start for Europe document, President Juncker states: “.... we will need to have the courage to break down national silos in telecoms regulation, in copyright and data protection legislation, in the management of radio waves and in the application of competition law. … Enhancing the use of digital technologies and online services should become a horizontal policy, covering all sectors of the economy and of the public sector.” Emergency services have an increasing demand for access to mobile broadband data services for their PPDR operations. The establishment of mission critical mobile broadband data services ideally requires a frequency band located below 1 GHz. An opportunity is opening at 700MHz. This band is today inter alia used by terrestrial broadcasting services, but is expected to be shared or ultimately fully re-allocated to mobile service at the World Radiocommunications Conference in November 2015 (WRC-15).  Jeppe Jepsen, Director of Broadband Spectrum for the TCCA said: “Mission-critical broadband services need spectrum to be effective. The PPDR community must not be put in a situation where they are competing with the mass market smartphone users for bandwidth to communicate.”  London School of Economics analysis of the use of mission critical broadband by emergency services has estimated a socioeconomic benefit for the use of 2x10MHz 700MHz of €20.98 billion p.a. that encompasses 60 per cent of the European population across 10 selected countries representing three regions. This figure is higher if it is extrapolated to cover the EU28 figure of 500 million people, yielding a socioeconomic benefit of €34.94 billion p.a. The PPDR community, through the EU Council’s Law Enforcement Working Party (LEWP) has worked jointly with the spectrum regulator community (CEPT-ECC) and concluded in an ECC Report that a minimum of 2 x 10 MHz spectrum is required for mobile broadband data services, with additional spectrum required to implement voice services, Air Ground Air, Direct Mode Operation and ad hoc networks.  President Juncker also states: “Combating cross-border crime and terrorism is a common European responsibility. We need to crack down on organised crime, such as human trafficking, smuggling and cybercrime. We must tackle corruption; and we must fight terrorism and counter radicalization.” To be successful, we must ensure our PPDR first responders are properly supported.  What is mission critical communication?  Mission critical communication is supplied by special communications systems where the reliability, availability, stability and security of mobile communication is vital to ensure continuous availability of functions critical for society. Typical users of mission critical communication are law enforcement and emergency services for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) operations, including fire and rescue and emergency medical services. Mission critical communications include communication hardware, software, as well as radio frequency band (spectrum) capacity to transmit and share information between field units and command centres.  About the TCCA 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 solutions, based on required extensions to the 3GPP LTE standards. For more information, please visit www.tandcca.com  Contact:Email: editor@tandcca.comTel: + 44 (0) 77 66 33 32 77

Jersey City, NJ and Toronto, Canada – July 18, 2014 – Only 170 km (100 miles) south of the Arctic Circle, in Canada’s northernmost Nunavut region, lies the Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (NYSE:AEM, TSX:AEM) Meadowbank Gold mine. It is there, where the average yearly temperature is -15ºC, that PowerTrunk, Inc. has been awarded the contract to deploy its digital TETRA land mobile radio system in support of the mine’s operations. The Meadowbank mine is Agnico Eagle's first Low Arctic mine and their largest gold producer. The facilities depend on annual warm-weather sealift from Hudson Bay for transportation of the bulk of supplies and heavy equipment. A small airstrip and all-weather roads are also used for transporting employees who work on a fly-in, fly-out basis. “Having a TETRA system at Meadowbank will greatly improve the security of our workers as well as simplify the maintenance and management of the radio system,” said Philip Quessy, Eng, General IT Supervisor AEM. “We agreed to work with PowerTrunk because we believe that they have the expertise and efficient team to manage this kind of project, and that their products are designed to meet the challenges of our harsh Arctic environment.” The order to PowerTrunk follows the recommendation of BBA, an independent Canadian consulting engineering firm, who was contracted by Agnico Eagle to conduct a feasibility study and to define the requirements of a new radio system for another AEM exploratory gold mine located in the same region. “As part of the feasibility study for the project, BBA recommended PowerTrunk’s TETRA technology because its multiple functionalities meet Agnico Eagle’s needs. Due to the timing of the projects, this recommendation was applied to Meadowbank first. We’re proud that, thanks to this project, our expertise is contributing to technological advances in the Canadian mining industry.” said Gilles Leonard, Telecom, IT and Networking Systems Architecture Expert at BBA. The PowerTrunk TETRA system at Meadowbank will consist of two site base stations operating in the UHF frequency band and include several PowerTrunk HTT-500 portable and MDT-400 mobile radios which will be used to support the open pit mine operations and related logistical activities. “We are very happy and proud to have been first recommended by BBA, a highly respected firm in the market, and then selected by Agnico Eagle to meet their new communication needs at Meadowbank,” said David Torres, PowerTrunk Vice President of Sales, Canada. “This award continues to cement PowerTrunk's position as the leader for TETRA deployments in North America.” Contact: Keith Ammons, VP of Market Development (kammons@powertrunk.com) PowerTrunk, Inc. 66 York Street, 4th floor Jersey City, NJ 07302 Tel: 201-630-4520 Fax: 201-630-4522   

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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