Secure Land Communications / Heritage


    Big changes only happen when there is a good reason for change

    More than 30 years ago, public safety professionals woke up to reality. In May 1986, the Tschernobyl nuclear plant blew up. The disaster affected the whole of Northern Europe. It became clear that the new threats required new solutions. First responders needed the solutions to communicate and coordinate their actions.

    It is now clear that this nuclear disaster was the pivotal moment in creating new digital radio solutions. European countries were the first to adopt the new solutions more than 25 years ago. Countries in Asia, Middle East, Latin America, and Africa followed soon after.

    More than 25 years, Airbus / Secure Land Communications has worked together with forward-looking public safety organisations. They did not want to settle for a minor improvement. Their dreams fuelled us towards a shared vision.

    Early adopters of digital radio

    French gendarmerie


    The French National Gendarmerie were pioneers in adopting digital radio. They started using their RUBIS system in 1988.





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    ASTRID - nationwide public safety network in Belgium

    Pioneer in integration

    The nationwide ASTRID in Belgium was the first really advanced integrated public safety communication network. The first users described themselves as amazed at the voice quality provided by the system, whether in the open or in tunnels.
    Helsinki Energy users

    World's first

    The Helsinki Energy Company switched on the world’s first commercial TETRA network in 1997. Their HelenNet became the world’s first commercial TETRA network in 1997. The Helsinki Energy personnel used it every day until the beginning of 2014, when they adopted the use of Virve, the Finnish authority network.
    Finnish border guard

    First in operation

    Virve, Finland’s nationwide public safety network, was the world's first to become operational. Frontier Guards were the first users.

    The Frontier Guards migrated to Virve in only a few months. This was a conscious choice. Firstly, their old analogue network had its limitations, and it only took a short time to realise how much better was the support offered by Virve.