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TETRA in South Africa

TETRA is back in South Africa.If you are interested in TETRA and critical communications Want to see some of the latest applications and equipment. Want to hear the experiences of current users. Then this is definitely the event for you. A mini conference and exhibition right here in Southern Africa.

Airbus Defence and Space leads the LTE4PMR project to develop a fullfledgedmission critical broadband solution Airbus Defence and Space has set up an R&D consortium with French telecommunication companies and universities to develop a mission critical broadband solution for public safety organisations, such as police and rescue services. The project, called LTE4PMR (Long Term Evolution for Professional Mobile Radio), will be an accelerator in the standardisation, development and implementation of the specific products and features required to meet thedemanding needs for secure communication in the public safety sector. This project is partly funded by the French authorities, through the French Banque Publique d’Investissement (BPI) and the French Programmes d’Investissement d’Avenir.Substantial amount of resources will be invested over a period of 27 months. Thus, the LTE4PMR project will boost the French ecosystem for mission critical communications creating an LTE solution in line with the global initiative Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), setting the standard for mission critical broadband communications. The first pilot system of the LTE4PMR project is intended to be demonstrated to the French authorities in autumn 2016. “Airbus Defence and Space has gathered outstanding competencies and experience in the field of mission critical networks for many years. We were the first in the professional radio market when we established the first digital radio network in France more than 20 years ago,” says Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. “The LTE4PMR project, together with other on-going advanced initiatives in other countries, is the right step towards developing an LTE solution for mission critical broadband communications to maintain our leadership in the market.” The LTE4PMR solution will offer typical PMR features, such as Mission Critical Push-To-Talk (MCPTT), complex data (MCData) and video (MCVideo) transmissions. The project will also create the technology bricks, i.e., the base station, the core network and the terminal chipset enabling the deployment of mobile broadband secure communication networks in various frequency bands. “Inspired by imagination, our engineers work on sophisticated solutions for future LTE/PMR network communication,” says Eric Davalo, Head of Strategy, Solution Portfolio and Engineering of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. “Given the fact that we master our customers’ wishes regarding their large-scale infrastructure, we are able to invent a smart evolution towards mission critical mobile broadband communications.” Contacts:Anke Sturtzel +33 1 6138 5330 anke.sturtzel@airbus.comKai Schlichtermann +33 1 6138 5547 kai.schlichtermann@airbus.com

Cambridge, 28th January 2016 – First orders of the SC20 series, Sepura’s new flagship hand-portable radios, will be shipped in February. Shaped by user feedback, SC20 series hand-portable radios are resilient, intelligent and durable, providing intuitive operation and outstanding performance, even in the toughest conditions. Broadband-ready, the SC2020 (380-430MHz) and the SC2040 (403-470MHz) combine the mission critical security and advanced performance of TETRA with an optional second high-speed data bearer capability. A new, powerful Class 3 TETRA engine is paired with a new receiver that surpasses the ETSI specification – a unique combination, extending operational range and stretching coverage into areas where it was not possible before. The radios’ powerful 2W audio capability, enhanced by unique water-porting technology, allows for uncompromised audio clarity, even in continuous heavy rain. Uniquely, the SC20 series boasts IP66, 67 and 68 environmental protection rating, meaning that it is completely dustproof, submersible to a depth of 2m for 1hour and impervious to jets of water. Its design also enables it to be easily cleaned by simply rinsing dust and dirt off under the tap. Additionally, the radios’ high resolution screen, the largest on the market today, is specifically designed to provide a richer user experience. The larger screen enables the display of more comprehensive data, suitable for future applications via high-speed data; it is also viewable in all light conditions, including direct sunlight. “The SC20 has been designed to deliver the highest levels of robustness, endurance, audio clarity and power. It is designed to place and receive calls where it simply was not possible before,” commented Mark Barnby, Sepura’s Head of Product Management – Devices. “This is the first product on our brand new technology platform. It is designed to meet the needs of mission critical users today, whilst allowing high-speed data to be added in the future.” Steve Barber, VP Group Strategy for Sepura, commented: "The SC20 confirms our vision for the future and demonstrates our ability to adapt to the fast-moving markets in which we operate. “We continue to provide our global customer base with products that address their ever-evolving communication needs and the operational challenges they face every day. The SC20 provides undisputable proof that Sepura is going further in critical communications."   Media contact:Rebecca Greenall, Sepura plc.Tel: +44 (0)1223 877202Mob: +44 (0)7920 788561rebecca.greenall@sepura.com

The Hungarian government continues to invest in Tetra technology in order to guarantee users uninterrupted network performance and quality service  Airbus Defence and Space and its partner Pro-M have signed a major maintenance contract for Hungary's Tetra network, called the Unified Digital Radio System (UDRS – EDR in Hungarian language). The frame contract is scheduled for 2020. During the next five years, Airbus Defence and Space will continue to support its users in the public safety sector, guaranteeing that the EDR network has a high performance.  EDR plays an important role in providing the most advanced support to enable the cooperation of Hungarian public safety organisations. The network was deployed by Airbus Defence and Space in 2006 and currently covers approximately 99 per cent of the country. It is used by around 44,000 users from public safety agencies, such as the police, border guards, fire service, catastrophe prevention, ambulance, armed forces and security services, safeguarding national security. Therefore, it is important for the network to have a high performance without any interruption of its operation over the next years.  Satisfied with the performance of the existing network, Béla Kozma, Chief Executive Officer of Pro-M, considers Airbus Defence and Space as “a supplier of reliable turnkey solutions featuring compelling technology”. According to him, the EDR network has been the backbone of a professional coordination between the Hungarian emergency and security bodies, and Airbus Defence and Space’ expertise has set the standard for implementing and supporting the professional mobile radio system.  Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space, emphasises the importance of the contract: “Hungary’s emergency and security services rely heavily on the communications provided by EDR. This contract is tangible proof that Tetra continues to be the best technology for mobile voice communication in the public safety sector for the next years and that our customers count on our know-how in mission critical communications systems, laying the foundations for future developments.” Press contacts:Anke Sturtzel + 33 1 6138 5330 anke.sturtzel@airbus.comKai Schlichtermann + 33 1 6138 5547 kai.schlichtermann@airbus.com

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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