Cassidian Awarded TETRA Paging Contract in Germany (3/5/13)
Cassidian was awarded the first contract for paging within the new German public-safety authorities' digital radio network (BOSNet). The company signed a contract with the Hessian Ministry of the Interior and for Sport to develop and supply a pocket-size TETRA pager for German security authorities and organizations (BOS) in the state of Hessen.
Cassidian officials said the TETRA pager will be the first product of this kind on the market that fully complies with the respective interoperability requirements for the digital radio network of the German Federal Agency for Digital Radio of Security Authorities and Organisations (BDBOS). Deliveries will start at the end of 2014.
More than 50,000 professional and volunteer firefighters and other rescue and relief forces in Hessen will be equipped with the new terminal. The pager fully meets the standardized technical requirements of German BOS regarding alerts and security. It allows corresponding control centers to inform dedicated operational units in case of an emergency.
In contrast to existing analog devices, Cassidian’s TETRA pager enables secure two-way communications between the control center and the operational units. After receiving an alert from the operation control system, the user can provide a direct response, stating whether he or she is available for deployment. This new type of alert allows for significantly improved resource management in cases of emergency.
In addition to the terminal device, Cassidian will also provide its intelligent terminal management solution to act as a terminal asset management system. The system will enable the BOS organisations to keep a record of all devices in the field, including their parameter configurations. The system supports remote firmware updates to the pager via the Internet through secured connections and will thus significantly facilitate the administration of the pager fleet in the field.
The pager frame contract is the first contract of this kind for alerting resources via the German BOSNet. It enables new services and advanced tactical communications to be introduced to the BOS organizations in the state of Hessen.
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