Elancourt, 22 November 2016 – Public safety authorities and organisations (BOS) in Hesse are now able to use the Tetra pager P8GR from Airbus Defence and Space. This device for a two-way communication system is now being delivered to at least 50,000 fire fighters and other rescue and relief workers in the German regional state of Hesse. Operational deployment of the device has now officially started.
The P8GR met the certification requirements of the German Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS). It also satisfied the functionality, interoperability and safety requirements set for Germany’s BOS digital radio network in the course of its final acceptance by the Hesse Ministry of the Interior and Sports.
The Hesse BOS tested a total of 1,000 devices and their accessories during the successful comprehensive field and function tests. This was founded on the fact that Airbus Defence and Space developed the P8GR jointly with future users, staying in constant contact with them.
“This final acceptance sends out a signal for our markets in Europe, because Airbus Defence and Space has swiftly developed a mission-critical innovation into a product that is suitable for the most demanding markets,” says Markus Kolland, Head of Sales and Delivery for Europe and Africa of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space.
In contrast to existing analogue devices, the P8GR enables secure two-way communication between the control centre and the operational units. It offers all the essential Tetra features for alerting groups, subgroups and individuals. At the same time, the P8GR allows the planning and dispatching of emergency services personnel in real time.
It is expected that the entire emergency personnel in Hesse will be using the pager by the end of 2018.
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 (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 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 1700 people in 20 countries.
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