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Cassidian's technology chosen for Pope's visit to Spain for World Youth Day

Published on 14 September, 2011
Cassidian logo, the defence and security division of the company EADS 
 Cassidian's technology guaranteed the safety of the Pope and more than 1.5 million visitors
• SIRDEE system ensured network availability in all sensitive locations
despite demanding requirements.

• Number of SIRDEE network users more than doubled during peak

Cassidian and Telefónica provided network maintenance services
for the user organisations and 24/24 hour emergency support.

During the World Youth Day (WYD) in Madrid, the Spanish Police forces relied on Cassidian's technology in order to ensure that all activities went smoothly and guaranteed the safety of the Pope and more than 1.5 million visitors. This event has been probably the most demanding for the national mobile voice and data communications network SIRDEE (Sistema de Radiocomunicaciones Digitales de Emergencia del Estado) in terms of the concentration of people being protected. Cassidian also actively participated in the maintenance support for the SIRDEE users:
National Police, Civil Guard, Royal House and Prime Minister's Office and offered together with Telefónica continuous 24 hours emergency support.

The number of SIRDEE network users more than doubled during peak times of the WYD week in the area without any negative impact in the network performance. Individual calls increased more than 166 % during the busiest days, with full availability for the Tetrapol users. Group calls rose as well to 55 %.

Over 10.000 members of the security forces guaranteed the safety of the pope and the pilgrims. Besides the protection of the pope and the public, the police forces had to face the challenge of maintaining order during the anti-
Pope demonstrations. A special coordination room was created with 40 members of 13 different security organisations receiving input from the forces in the field. The security forces were very satisfied with the SIRDEE network and the excellent response of the communications services in this highly demanding situation.

The WYD with the Pope's four-day visit adds another high security event that required intensive use of the SIRDEE network, guaranteeing secure mission critical communication. Beside different emergency situations like the
earthquake in Spain and the fires on Ibiza early this year, the Spanish security forces also relied on SIRDEE during the Royal Wedding of the Prince of Spain, in 2004.

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