New Airbus Tetra modem facilitates border security in the Emirates

Published: 21 September, 2017

Elancourt, 21 September 2017 - Airbus Tetra technology is integral part of the next generationAirbus_Modem2.jpg electronic verification system to transmit data and information of vessel locations off the coast. Airbus provides its latest Tetra modem “TW1m” to the telecom company Atlas in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It will be used to integrate confidential data, such as GPS positioning and text messages into the Atlas vessel identification system which is run by a government agency.

“We convinced our partner Atlas with the Tetra modem’s permanent availability and outstanding security features. Our components meet all the essential specifications set by the UAE government institutions”, says Selim Bouri, Head of Middle East for Secure Land Communications at Airbus. He points out that the markets in the Middle East are increasingly pathbreaking for the entire Professional Mobile Radio industry worldwide. The region is at the forefront of the Professional Mobile Radio development and Airbus applies its leading hybrid technology, combining Tetra and LTE.

The Airbus “TW1m” transmits voice and data safely thanks to end-to-end encryption and can be incorporated in supervisory systems, custom telemetry and position tracking. The “TW1m” is an extremely secure solution, especially when other communication systems are not in operation.

As the “TW1m” is part of the new electronic verification system, it contributes to the tracking and identification of registered and un-registered ships off the UAE coast. The next generation electronic verification setup consists of radars, long range cameras, E-Passport trackers, location and correlation servers as well as command and control systems. Atlas has been operating the first generation of this technology for ten years and is soon to establish its new scheme.


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Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of €67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Secure Land Communications

Secure Land Communications (SLC), a business unit of Airbus, develops, installs and maintains professional and land mobile radio (PMR/LMR) networks based on Tetra, Tetrapol, P25 and LTE technologies and offers a wide range of radio solutions and devices for customers worldwide. The portfolio also encompasses mission-critical broadband solutions based on 3GPP standards and 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 1,700 people in 20 countries.  



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