Airbus Defence and Space collaborates with Facewatch to facilitate counteracting crime

Elancourt - 28 July 2016

New apps on the Tactilon Dabat radio support mission-critical communications within police and enterprises

Due to the collaboration between Airbus Defence and Space and Facewatch Ltd, new applications helping to recognise suspects will run on the Tactilon Dabat radio from Airbus Defence and Space in order to convict culprits more easily.

The Tactilon Dabat is a complete Tetra handheld radio with camera and a rugged smartphone in one device. It allows secure communication in standard Tetra networks and in an LTE environment. To exploit the device in the best way, the Facewatch mobile solution will be available for the Tactilon Dabat in 2017. With these apps at hand, both police officers on the move and security personnel in enterprises can share complex information and verify suspects with given picture databases in real time. They can take photos or videos and exchange visual data securely.

"This method of investigation is unique, because Facewatch apps on the Tactilon Dabat enhance crime analyses and optimise the collaboration among police officers and various security services," explains Nick Koiza, Global Head of Applications of Facewatch Ltd. He adds that crime can be safely reduced at comparatively low costs as a result of Tactilon Dabat’s winning combination with Facewatch products.

Facewatch provides multi-agency and governmental intelligence about criminals on an independent web-platform. Thanks to this infrastructure, end-users can utilise watchlists, facial recognition tools and a so-called "Automatic No. Plate Recognition system". All information converges on a single platform and is instantly disposable as it improves investigations tremendously for users in the field or in control rooms. Acknowledged internationally, Facewatch has been successfully collaborating with the police in the UK and private businesses.

The integration of third party applications into Tetra networks is possible thanks to Airbus Defence and Space’s TWISP developer community. The TWISP partnership programme plays an important part in enhancing the company’s overall secure Professional Mobile Radio technology offering. Airbus Defence and Space will continue to expand the number of partners and applications for its devices, creating more value to users. "We are always looking out for best of breed Apps partners. Those who are interested in becoming part of the TWISP eco-system membership are invited to contact us at," says Stuart Will, Director of Channel Management of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space."

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Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space, a division of Airbus Group, is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise and the second largest space business worldwide. Its activities include space, military aircraft and related systems and services. It employs more than 38,000 people and in 2015 generated revenues of over 13 billion euros.

Secure Land Communications


Secure Land Communications (SLC), a subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, develops, installs and maintains professional and land mobile radio (PMR/LMR) networks based on Tetra, Tetrapol and P25 technologies and offers a wide range of radio solutions and devices for customers worldwide. The portfolio also encompasses emergency response centres (911/112). SLC is a leader in PMR, with more than 280 radio networks in over 74 countries, and the US leader for 911 response centres with the VESTA 911 call handling solution serving more than 60% of the market. SLC employs nearly 1700 people in 20 countries. 

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