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Critical Communications Middle East 2015

The 3rd annual Critical Communications Middle East returns to the splendid Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai in October. If you are interested in TETRA and other critical communications technologies and their evolution towards broadband, then this is an event that you must attend ! With workshops and conference over three days alongside a two day exhibition then this is the most comprehensive event for critical communications in the Middle East again this year. Want to know more ? Visit http://criticalcommunications-me.com/ for all the latest information on how you can participate or visit.

Cambridge, 1st October 2015 - The Sepura Group is to sponsor Erebus Motorsport’s number 9 Mercedes V8 Supercar for the Bathurst 1000 – a 1,000 km touring car endurance race, held annually on the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. This year’s event is being held over the weekend of the 8th to 11th of October. Widely regarded as the pinnacle of Australian motorsport, the event is colloquially known as ‘The Great Race’ and attracts millions of viewers on primetime Australian TV. Erebus’s number 9 car, driven by brothers Will and Alex Davison, achieved fourth position in last year’s race and hopes are high for a position on the podium at this year’s event. “This is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the Sepura brand, not only in the Australian market but to a worldwide audience,” said Terence Ledger, Sepura’s Regional Sales Director for the APAC region.  “Communications are critical in motorsport; the Erebus team continually strives to achieve the best possible results and this makes them a perfect fit for the Sepura brand.” Betty Klimenko, owner of Erebus Motorsport said, “Erebus Motorsport V8 is proud to welcome Sepura as a new sponsor for the Bathurst 1000 race. Sepura is one of the fastest growing and most innovative radio companies in the world and we look forward to the opportunity of working with them.”   Media contact:  Rebecca Greenall, Sepura plc. Tel: +44 (0)1223 877202 Mob: +44 (0)7920 788561 rebecca.greenall@sepura.com

Over 70,000 radios and pagers on the ASTRID network BRUSSELS, 29/09/2015 - ASTRID, the Belgian TETRA operator for the emergency and security services, reveals a new milestone with the number of communications devices connected to its network recently topping 70,000. Since the first police and fire brigades joined the network in the early years of this millennium, the number of users has grown year on year. Each year, 12 million minutes of radio communications are processed through the ASTRID network. A total of 70,344 terminals – radios and pagers - are now connected to the ASTRID network. For the emergency services in the field, the radio is a lifeline to their colleagues coordinating an incident, or the means to contact the control room for back-up. ASTRID radios are used for both voice contact and for transmitting data, for routine tasks or in the case of a large-scale disaster. Pagers are primarily used to notify volunteers for the fire brigades, civil protection, and medical service to report, for example, to a local base or hospital.  Marc De Buyser, CEO of ASTRID: “As network operator, ASTRID guarantees the technology and the management of the flow of communications. This enables the police, fire and emergency medical services, and many other rescue services to focus completely on their core tasks: to save lives and ensure a safe environment.”  ASTRID fully embeddedASTRID radios are now part of the standard kit for workers throughout the security chain. ASTRID users are first and foremost the traditional emergency and security services such as the local (24,555 radios) and federal (5,057) police, fire brigades (29,519), medical services (2,197), Red Cross (1,180), civil protection (790), Defence (720), customs (616), etc. This group represents 93% of the total number of terminals connected. Local emergency planning departments and community stewards are increasingly being supplied with ASTRID radios. It is not for nothing that even private companies involved in public security also come knocking at ASTRID’s door to seek access to its network, including security services, hospitals, fire brigades for Seveso industries, utility companies (water, electricity, gas) and airports. Furthermore, ASTRID’s high-speed data communications (Blue Light Mobile) will play an ever increasing role in the efficient distribution of information in the field.  57,000 calls per day Every day the ASTRID radio network processes an average of 57,000 group calls. Each of these calls involves an average of 37 people in contact with each other. That’s equivalent to over 2 million contacts between emergency service providers per day. 6,400 messages are sent via the paging network each day.  Daniel Haché, ASTRID’s Director of External relations: “Radio traffic can peak significantly at local level when there are big events, such as a summer festival, visit by a head of state, or a disaster. ASTRID has proved that its system is more than capable of dealing with these pressure points”. Significant advantages in the field ASTRID’s radio network is 100% digital. This guarantees good availability, an optimum quality of communication, and a high level of security.  • Multi-agency: Teams are able to communicate with each other easily in group calls, to ensure that everyone is kept in the loop. ASTRID has done away with the technical barriers between the various agencies that were a feature of analogue networks. This is a crucial element in the effective collaboration between the emergency and security services. • Speed: it takes just 300 milliseconds to make a radio link – a blink of the eye. Compare that with the several seconds that it takes using a mobile phone.  • Availability: The network is reserved for the emergency and security services and therefore avoids saturation even in emergency situations. The quality of the connections is optimal even in very noisy environments.  • Data and localisation applications contribute to secure and reliable communications.  Info and photos: Frederik Langhendries – fred.lang@astrid.be – +32 (0) 496/595714 – +32 (0)2/5006714

Company will have more than 1,100 employees in the city of Chicago; Motorola Solutions is the 36th company to locate its headquarters in Chicago since 2011 Chicago – Sept. 15, 2015 – Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), the leading global provider of innovative mission-critical communications solutions for public safety and commercial customers, today announced that the company will relocate its global headquarters from Schaumburg, Ill., to Chicago. The company, which will have over 1,100 employees working in the City of Chicago, will move into 150,000 square feet of space on six floors at 500 W. Monroe St. in the summer of 2016. This move marks a return to Chicago for the company, which was founded in 1928 on Harrison Street. “With this move, Motorola Solutions not only returns to its Chicago roots, but the company is doubling down on Chicago’s future,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The company will add hundreds of jobs to our city’s growing technology industry and gain the access to talent that they need for the future we are all building here, in Chicago.” Approximately 800 employees will be located at the new downtown headquarters as well as the company’s customer briefing center. The Chicago office will include a range of positions including the company’s ventures group, the chief technology office, information technology and software engineering. Motorola Solutions also will maintain its current Americas Sales Headquarters at 224 S. Michigan Ave., occupying a 46,000-square-foot space with approximately 300 employees. “Our company began in this city 87 years ago, and today we’re pleased to announce that our headquarters is coming home,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “This is another transformative step in ensuring a future of continued innovation, and will provide us with greater access to high-tech talent.” The new Chicago office will provide Motorola Solutions’ Chicago-area employees with new, modern workspaces that spark innovation, collaboration and creativity. It also provides the company with direct access to software talent such as data scientists, user experience designers, interface designers and software developers, that are critical to its future success. Motorola Solutions will continue to have a significant presence in Schaumburg, with approximately 1,600 employees on its current campus. The company’s manufacturing and delivery operations will move to Elgin, Ill., and it plans to sell the unused real estate on its 277-acre Schaumburg campus for redevelopment.

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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