Airbus provided secure communications technology to French security forces (police, gendarmerie, and fire brigades) during the long-awaited socio-economic and political summit which took place in the Southwestern coastal town of Biarritz between the 24th and 26th August.With the high-security measures promised by Christophe Castaner, French Minister of the Interior, 13 200 police officers and gendarmes, as well as over 400 firefighters, were involved in safeguarding the high-profile event. The high security and resilience of the dedicated networks and terminals provided by Airbus to the teams in charge of securing the G7 summit was an essential aspect to protecting both the government officials from over the world taking part in the summit, the venue and its perimeter, and the people working on-site. Full interoperability between forces Airbus is also a long-term provider of INPT, the nationwide radio communications network for the French police On top of providing the necessary equipment and secure mission-critical communications technology through a dedicated network overlay deployed for this major event, Airbus is also a long-term provider of INPT, the nationwide radio communications network for the French police, fire brigades, emergency healthcare services, customs, national defense forces, mobile gendarmerie, prefectural authorities and penitentiary administration for prisoner transfers. This network allows full interoperability between forces. Furthermore, Airbus has been a reliable provider of the French gendarmerie’s secure communications network RUBIS, as well as portable material, and other essential communication equipment for their vehicles, for over 30 years.“With various kinds of threats that weigh in on political gatherings of this kind, optimal security conditions are an absolute priority. Through its state-of-the-art technology and highly reliable networks implemented to support secure communications operations, Airbus was able to ensure the smooth running of the communication between each member entrusted to protect and secure the G7 summit”, declared Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications of Airbus.
During the Technos Days Valabre near Aix-en Provence (France) on 23th and 24th May, Airbus will demonstrate how videos and aerial pictures from a drone can be integrated into the secure multimedia collaboration tool Tactilon Agnet. This system can help when floods or forest fires occur and fire brigades need to get an overview in the vicinity of an incident. The demo’s concrete scenario is about searching for a missing person. A drone transmits an aerial video stream in real time. Whilst wearing special glasses displaying the real-time video, a firefighter can detect the lost person. Accelerating coordination When firefighters need highly reliable and flexible communication channels for difficult missions, Tactilon Agnet can be the right answer. Commanders can quickly equip a motley team of paramedics, soldiers, volunteers, firefighters and police officers with the application. On missions, Tactilon Agnet can be used on various kinds of devices and it sends out information from different sources On missions, Tactilon Agnet can be used on various kinds of devices and it sends out information from different sources, such as unmanned aerial vehicles or others. This helps to accelerate the coordination and precision of rescue missions destined to save lives. Tactilon Agnet is an app that lets smartphone users contact professional Tetra or Tetrapol talk groups at the touch of a button. With Tactilon Agnet, selected smartphone and tablet users become part of the professional world – voice, data, video and location services are all on hand and all with the reliability and security that professional users expect. Fighting forest fires “At Valabre, the French community of fire brigades has the unique opportunity to take a look at tomorrow’s group communication for public safety,” says Oliver Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communication at Airbus. “Airbus is highly interested in working closely together with firefighters to improve their communication tools.” The French School for Civil Security Application (École d'Application de Sécurité Civile de Valabre) and the “Centre Opérationnel de Zone” is based in Valabre. The latter coordinates all activities to fight forest fires and rescue missions at sea, in the mountains or other supraregional incidents for all 14 departments in Southern France. Launched in 2017, the annual event hosts conferences, workshops and live tech demos for the fire brigade community and the public to improve future technology for all kinds rescue missions.
The Belgian public network operator and Airbus customer has received government approval to invest in network infrastructure The Belgian public network operator ASTRID will modernise its secure radio communication networks, infrastructure and services in the next few years. The corresponding management and investment plan, in place until 2020, was approved by the Belgian government and ASTRID’s Administrative Council in December 2016. Accordingly, the Belgian government has decided that the investment for the various systems and upgrades will amount to 117 million euros. Upgrading Tetra The government intends to offer a high-quality service and to safeguard the network’s capacity as well as its reliability. The investment plan covers the upgrade and the reinforcement of the current ASTRID Tetra network. The first steps of the network upgrade have already been initiated and the implementation will be intensified in the next few years. Efficient system management Since the inception of the nationwide ASTRID network for public safety in 1998, Airbus has closely cooperated with the operator. The company has helped to strengthen crucial components of the ASTRID core network by providing efficient system management. This has contributed to the system’s security. “Based on close and trustful cooperation in the past, ASTRID and Airbus continue to work together to achieve the best outcome for end users in Belgium,” says Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus. More than 50,000 users communicate securely via ASTRID’s Tetra network. These users include, for instance, police, rescue services, firefighters and coastguards. In addition, ASTRID also serves several utility and transport companies.
The TARANIS Smart app is easy to use in stress situations Together with the German company ESG, Airbus Defence and Space is launching a new application called TARANIS Smart for the Tactilon Dabat, a handheld radio and smartphone in one device. Thanks to this application, police officers and rescue services will be able to monitor operations in real time during complex missions. End users can securely transfer data via LTE while still having all the mission-critical communications features of a Tetra terminal at their fingertips. Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space, explains: “TARANIS Smart and Tactilon Dabat are complementary in terms of technology. They will provide the police with new tools to optimise their co-ordination in any operation. In a time of increasing security threats, the police need the latest innovations.” TARANIS Smart application The TARANIS Smart application shows the user their current location on a digital map, an overview of the units on the map and geo-referenced symbols on the map, chat and notifications. This enables police officers to communicate securely by sending videos, photos and data, whether they are on the scene or in control rooms. The app is easy to use in stress situations. TARANIS Smart also helps train police for special operations or in analysing previous exercises. Airbus Defence and Space and ESG are co-operating as part of the application developer programme SmarTWISP. This Airbus Defence and Space programme allows accredited companies to benefit directly from training, sales channels, logistical help, marketing activities, and new customers.
The cross-border system has certified Tetra Inter-System Interface (ISI) functionality With the help of Airbus Defence and Space, the Swedish network Rakel and Norway’s Nødnett will start long-term cross-border communication. Public safety organisations, such as police forces and ambulance services, of both countries will congregate in the towns Meråker, Norway and Storlien, Sweden in order to test the interoperable system in the Rakel and Nødnett networks. This marks the launch of the world’s first bi-national communication systems. Bi-national radio communication system Both networks will be ready for bi-national operational use in early 2017. The cross-border system has certified Tetra Inter-System Interface (ISI) functionality and meets all technical requirements. Even though both nations use different secure Tetra networks on their territory and different terminals, the EU-funded project Inter-System Interoperability for Tetra-Tetrapol Networks (ISITEP) has created a platform on which Swedish and Norwegian disaster relief organisations can easily exchange information. Previous tests in 2016 as part of the European vanguard project were successful. Airbus Defence and Space has been involved in the ISI project planning of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) from the beginning since the Rakel network went into operation in 2010. “Our technology has contributed substantially to the interoperability of the Swedish and Norwegian networks. Together with our partners, we are continuously developing solutions to improve cross-border communications in Europe,” says Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. "Together with our partners,we are continuously developing solutions to improve cross-border communications inEurope" Rakel serves all main public safety organisations in Sweden, such as the police force, coastguard, customs, rescue services, ambulance services, and armed forces and it is also used by companies such as utilities. Rakel enables more than 67,000 users to cooperate on a national scale. The cross-border project will now enable group and individual calls and messaging between the public safety forces of both countries, and provides authentication as well as encryption. Strengthening co-operation between national emergency services The ISI project in Norway and Sweden is one of the most advanced multi-national radio communication projects in Europe and focuses, among other things, on mission-critical communications on both sides of the 1,619-kilometre-long border. After almost three years of development, the basic bi-national interoperability between police and rescue teams is now in place. ISITEP aims to find a comprehensive solution for interoperability between mission-critical communications systems based on different technologies. The project team comprises a consortium of 15 leading companies, including Airbus Defence and Space, and academic institutions from ten countries. This three-year initiative to strengthen the cooperation between national emergency services started in 2013 and received EU funding of around ten million euros. The international Tetra Association as well as first response organisations from nine countries are also supporting the project’s activities. Save
Airbus Defence and Space to display Tactilon Dabat at PMR Expo 2016 Airbus Defence and Space will introduce the Tactilon Dabat in Germany, a full Tetra radio built into a smartphone offering all the functionalities of both a state-of-the-art Tetra radio and a smartphone. With its ruggedised design, Tactilon Dabat withstands the harshest conditions and allows instant communication with a team thanks to the push-to-talk and touch-to-message options. Android features and the large 4.7-inch touchscreen allow police officers and firefighters to use special public safety apps. Dabat’s smartphone features “Our customers value Tetra for its voice and message communication quality, but they also want to use applications and share multimedia information. The Dabat will allow them to have everything in a single terminal,” said Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. Users benefit from the Dabat’s smartphone features in various way. They can take snapshots of critical moments with a camera, switch on live-stream videos and exchange data safely. The touchscreen can also be handled with gloves. Moreover, since the Dabat works as a platform for applications, Airbus Defence and Space has launched a new application developer programme, called SmarTWISP, to create an application ecosystem addressing the daily needs of PMR users. Interoperability and protection The Dabat is interoperable and can work on standard Tetra networks on the 380 – 430 MHz frequency band. Its audio processing is designed for professional operation and enables communication with a voice-optimised, waterproof microphone and speaker. The Tactilon Dabat is dust and waterproof with Ingress Protection ratings IP65 and IP67. It also has a long-lasting and rechargeable battery that ensures connectivity during long incidents. All information is encrypted and protected. Along with new applications, the Tactilon Dabat will be displayed at the Airbus Defence and Space stand during the PMR Expo 2016 in Cologne from 22 to 24 November. Save
The partnership boosts development of mission-critical radio communications in Saudi Arabia Airbus Defence and Space has entered into a strategic partnership with Bravo, a Saudi telecom operator that focuses on wireless group communications, to provide comprehensive mission-critical communications services in Saudi Arabia. Under the agreement, Airbus Defence and Space will supply Bravo with Tetra technology and all the necessary equipment required for mission-critical communications. Professional mobile radio networks The demand for such solutions in Saudi Arabia increased in light of the needs of various business sectors, especially in the field of oil and gas. With new technology available, the security of various professional mobile radio networks will be improved. Airbus Defence and Space will also update secure networks and refine a sustainable uninterrupted maintenance service in standard lead time. Tetra-LTE network for critical communications “This partnership is an expression of mutual trust and an important step to establish new radio communications networks in various business sectors in Saudi Arabia. The agreement helps to gather new momentum for both partners. It also reinforces the presence of Airbus Defence and Space Secure Land Communications in Saudi Arabia,” said Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. “Historically, we have strong relationships there, as we are already servicing several governmental customers.” Fahd Mushayt, Chief Executive Officer of Bravo, pointed out that the partnership with Airbus Defence and Space is crucial for Bravo’s goal to supply the largest Tetra-LTE network for critical communications in Saudi Arabia.
Users of the Tactilon Dabat terminal and all Tactilon Suite products benefit from a large applications and solutions ecosystem Airbus Defence and Space has launched its global SmarTWISP programme. With this app developer programme, the company intends to create a new application ecosystem that addresses the daily needs of Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) users in particular. It focuses on the company’s latest radio Tactilon Dabat, a full Tetra radio built into a smartphone that works as a platform for apps. App developer member benefits The programme also incorporates other radio communications solutions from Airbus Defence and Space the Tactilon Suite portfolio, and, especially, the multimedia group communication solution Tactilon Agnet. The latter interfaces with multiple applications to exchange professional information within groups. App developers can easily become members of the new programme. Once developer companies have been registered as accredited members by Airbus Defence and Space, they benefit directly from training sales channels, logistical help, marketing activities and new customers. SmarTWISP will thus provide our accredited business partners with unlimited opportunities. Sharing public safety information “By leveraging developers’ ideas, we can better satisfy our customers’ demands. The new programme will also enable Tactilon Suite users to have the best apps”, said Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. For instance, firefighters, police officers, rescue service workers and industry employees can improve the geolocalisation, object-recognition or mapping capabilities of their tools. Recently, Airbus Defence and Space partnered up with the company Facewatch Ltd, which has now developed an application for the Tactilon Dabat. This helps convict criminals more easily by enabling both police officers on patrol and security personnel in enterprises to share public safety information in real time, including photos and videos.
Airbus Defence and Space supplies core systems and contributes decisively to the successful test To test the interaction between secure radio networks during international visits, the European Research & Development project ISITEP successfully simulated a summit in Brussels with six European countries in late September. As a result of the two-day demonstration, different mission-critical communication systems operated on common technical platforms to facilitate the exchange of information between various organisations. Airbus Defence and Space played a major role in supplying the necessary technology. Enhancing cross-border communication The technical set-up enabled communication between Tetra and Tetrapol systems from Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland and Luxembourg. For instance, police actors protected fictitious foreign delegations as they moved through the city and attended conferences. The realistic scenario echoed the complex security coordination required during high-level missions abroad. ISITEP, the Federal Police of Belgium and the governmental network operator ASTRID initiated the operation. “Airbus Defence and Space technology was decisive in conducting this interoperability test,” said Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. “We supported the event together with our partners and our commitment shows that we are developing solutions to improve cross-border communications,” he added. Two independent radio network platforms To manage the roaming processes, the project set up two technically independent radio network platforms. One was composed of the three operative networks from Belgium, France and the Netherlands, the other consisted of four laboratory networks from Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg and Belgium. On each platform, the participants’ terminals were able to migrate from one network to another. Pivotal to the success of the demonstration was the nationwide mission-critical network of Belgium and its corresponding test network located in Brussels. Both were provided by Airbus Defence and Space and are run by ASTRID. Rising need for secure common communications infrastructure International cooperation between the police and emergency services in Europe has increased in recent years. Consequently, the need for a secure common communications infrastructure has become more pressing. Even though different standards from different vendors exist throughout Europe, the demonstration in Brussels showed how to bridge the gap between various radio technologies. ISITEP aims to find a comprehensive solution for interoperability between mission-critical communications systems with different standards. The project team comprises a consortium of 15 leading companies, including Airbus Defence and Space, and academic institutions from ten countries. This three-year undertaking to strengthen the cooperation between national emergency services started in 2013 and received EU funding of around 10 million euros. The international Tetra Association as well as first response organisations from nine countries are also supporting the project’s activities. Save
Airbus Defence and Space establishes highly resilient PMR network to deal with extreme incidents in Hungary The Hungarian capital Budapest will soon have the most reliable and modern version of the nationwide Unified Digital Radio Communication System (UDRS) with sophisticated “self-healing” functions. From December 2016 onwards, Airbus Defence and Space will equip the UDRS in Budapest with the latest IP- Tetra technology as part of the nationwide modernisation efforts. Operational in extreme conditions The renewed network enables the communications system to remain operational in the event of disruptions or failures caused by sabotage. The new software will automatically reroute the communications of a base station when the primary connection is broken. Consequently, the network communications remain intact, even in the most extreme circumstances. Budapest will be the first city in Hungary that benefits from the countrywide network renewal. Public protection and disaster-relief “Secure mission-critical communications are the backbone of any operation performed by public protection and disaster-relief (PPDR) agencies. Our partners in Hungary appreciate the fact that we are able to deliver modern systems with the highest resilience,” said Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. Modern emergency communication systems The network modernisation programme in Hungary will be implemented step by step. Airbus Defence and Space, mandated by network operator Pro-M Zrt, is currently upgrading Hungary’s radio communications network. This will further increase the high availability of the country’s mission-critical network. Other Airbus Defence and Space customers indicated that they are also interested in this solution. The UDRS network, also called EDR in Hungary, was delivered by Airbus Defence and Space in 2006. It covers approximately 99 percent of the country’s surface. It is used by public security agencies, such as the police, border guards, fire service, disaster prevention, ambulances, armed forces and the security services. After its modernisation, Hungary’s secure Tetra network will be one of the most reliable emergency communications systems in Europe. Save
The Tactilon Agnet application enables users to make instant group calls and send messages to Tetra users Airbus Defence and Space and the State Security Networks Group (Suomen Erillisverkot), the public safety operator of Finland’s national Tetra network VIRVE, will start a technical and operational pilot trial to test the Tactilon Agnet smartphone application, formerly known as TSA. This application allows the seamless and secure integration of nationwide public safety Tetra radio users with those who use Tactilon Agnet on their smartphones. Aims of the trial The intention of the trial is to confirm the complementarity of Tactilon Agnet’s group communication capabilities with Tetra mission-critical communication. The trial will take place under the network’s standard operating conditions. During the pilot test, which will go on until the end of the year, public broadband networks and the VIRVE Tetra services will be used simultaneously. The aim is to collect information on how mission-critical Tetra communication features can be operated in an LTE environment. “We are very pleased that Erillisverkot has decided to launch this trial with Tactilon Agnet,” explains Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. “The fact that VIRVE users are participating in this test marks an important milestone for the development of this new technology which is tailored to the increasing demand for broadband group communication with multimedia features.” Smartphone application features The Tactilon Agnet application enables smartphone users to make instant group calls (Push-to-Talk feature) and send messages to Tetra users. Erillisverkot expects this functionality to significantly extend its communication service to governmental and other mission-critical organisations. By extending its portfolio, Erillisverkot aims to attract new users and user groups to the VIRVE Tetra service, thus bringing new subscribers and new business opportunities. Finland’s public safety organisations have been using the nationwide Tetra network from Airbus Defence and Space since 1998. In 2015, Airbus Defence and Space supplied Erillisverkot with “Tactilon Secure Mobile Virtual Network Operator” (Tactilon Secure MVNO). This solution provides highly resilient and secure broadband services based on safe access to commercial LTE network services.
Airbus Defence and Space aims to validate the use of smartphones in different operational situations Airbus Defence and Space and its partner RIKS (the State Infocommunication Foundation), the technical operator of Estonia’s national Tetra network, is performing a field trial of the Tactilon Agnet smartphone application - formerly known as TSA - for two months. Voluntary civil defence and governmental organisations want to confirm Tactilon Agnet’s ability to fulfil the operational requirements for typical mission-critical communication. The field trial combines the use of public broadband networks and Tetra services. Airbus Defence and Space solutions For the field trial, Airbus Defence and Space has provided a service cloud environment and delivered an RCS9500 integrated radio dispatching system, an automatic vehicle location solution, a Tetra base station, several Tetra radios, and different types of smartphones equipped with the Tactilon Agnet application. The application enables smartphone users to make instant group calls (push-to-talk feature) and send messages to Tetra users as if they were equipped with Tetra devices. Challenging test environment During the field trial, Airbus Defence and Space and RIKS aim to validate the use of various types of smartphones in different operational situations. In addition, both Airbus Defence and Space and RIKS want to collect information about how mission-critical Tetra communication features have to be operated in an LTE environment. To push the LTE-based Tactilon Agnet application to its limits, RIKS has set up, in cooperation with commercial operators, a challenging and complete test environment that includes not only a regular LTE network on the 800 and 2600 MHz frequencies, but that also includes a mobile LTE base station that is connected to the core network via broadband satellite link. Demand for broadband group communication “As we observe an increasing demand for broadband group communication with multimedia features among mission critical users, Airbus Defence and Space offers a unique solution called Tactilon Agnet. It provides fully-fledged, seamless and secure integration of Tetra radio users with those who use Tactilon Agnet on their smartphones,” explains Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. He points out that RIKS and Airbus Defence and Space are “clearly on the verge of introducing mission-critical communication features of the next generation”. Estonia’s public safety organisations have communicated within a nationwide Tetra network from Airbus Defence and Space since 2007. In 2015, the company delivered critical communication solutions enabling the use of LTE networks, which will also be used to test the Tactilon Agnet application. This solution provides high availability and secure access through commercial LTE network services.
He will be the regional manager for all sales and service activities in the field of Professional Mobile Radio Airbus Defence and Space welcomes Fred Gallart as new Head of Latin America at Secure Land Communications Based on a strong track record in Professional Mobile Radio, Airbus Defence and Space will develop existing and new business in the region Refocusing growth strategy for Latin America In the course of refocusing its strategy and reinforcing its presence in Latin America, Airbus Defence and Space announces the appointment of Fred Gallart as the new Head of Sales and Program Delivery for Latin America at Secure Land Communications. He will be the regional manager for all sales and service activities in the field of Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) technology in Central and South America. Moreover, he oversees around 90 employees in the offices of Secure Land Communications in Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. Fred Gallart will report to the Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space, Olivier Koczan. “Relying on our installed networks, mainly in Mexico but also in Brazil, we intend to further enlarge our footprint in Latin America; and we can accomplish this. The technical turning point that we are now reaching towards broadband will bring new opportunities on top of our Tetra and Tetrapol offering,” says Olivier Koczan. ”I am convinced that Fred Gallart will successfully carry out this mission due to his experience.” Fulfiling public safety solutions Since the late 1980s, Airbus Defence and Space has predominantly taken orders from state institutions in Latin America, such as national and regional governments. Airbus Defence and Space installed the nationwide network Interconexión de Redes Integrales de Seguridad Pública (IRIS) used by the Mexican security forces. It provides secure voice and data services and has been in operation since 1999. Furthermore, the federal police in Brazil uses the National Integrated Radio Communication Network, installed and currently upgraded by Airbus Defence and Space. “Our growth strategy in Latin America coincides with an increasing demand for reliable Public Safety Solutions in Latin America. Our Mission Critical Public Safety Solutions in Tetra, Tetrapol and broadband meet the market needs perfectly,” Fred Gallart says. He has almost 30 years of exceptional experience in the area of PMR and has held top management positions in Mexico, Brazil and the United States. Before joining Airbus Defence and Space, he had engagements with companies such as Motorola, Harris Corporation and Embratel.
This project will accelerate the development and implementation of secure communication in the public safety sector 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 the demanding 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. Secure communication in the public safety sector 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.” Mission critical mobile broadband communications 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.”
The contract includes supply and installation of Tetra network with 40 dispatcher stations Airbus Defence and Space’s Tetra technology has been selected as the new standard for the digital radio network infrastructure of the Military Police in Brasília - responsible for maintaining public order in the Federal District. The new Tetra network will replace the old analogue radio system. The contract had been awarded to the Brazilian telecommunications company LigMobile, a local partner of Airbus Defence and Space. The contract includes supply and installation of the Tetra network with 40 dispatcher stations from Airbus Defence and Space. Making use of DXT3 switches, it will provide a wide geographical coverage. Among other things, it will offer the new RCS9500 station dispatcher and functionalities like geo-localisation and end-to-end encryption. The new digital radio network The Military Police unit of Brasília maintains 15,000 members organised into companies and platoons, primarily located in urban centres, but also spread around uptown according to the population density of the satellite towns. Major Saldanha, Coordinator of the Telecommunications Division emphasises, “The new digital radio network will bring unprecedented benefits to the Military Police of Brasília. Thanks to its superior performance, the Tetra system will protect our officers during their daily fight against crime and in law enforcement.” “We are pleased to have won this important contract in Brazil thanks to our partnership with Airbus Defence and Space, a recognised international leader in the PMR business,” said Paulo Daher, CEO of LigMobile. “Our partnership is a solid basis from which to explore further business opportunities in Brazil together. The premise for the overall setup of the system is that other security organisations in Brasília will be able to share the same PMR infrastructure in the future if required.” Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space said, “This Tetra network is a benchmark in Brazil. We are confident that the system will be able to leverage other opportunities in Brazil and Latin America.”