Federal Police of Brazil rely on Tetrapol technology from Airbus Defence and Space to guard the Olympic Games 2016

Elancourt - 18 August 2016

Additional network infrastructure secures the communication among Brazilian and international security forces in numerous venues

To protect the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Airbus Defence and Space has equipped the Brazilian Federal Police with radio communication means based on Tetrapol technology. The existing network in Rio de Janeiro implemented by Airbus Defence and Space has complete coverage in all crucial locations, including the main venues, such as Maracanã and the Olympic village, the airports and the main routes of the city. In addition, radio communication for public protection agencies is available within the venues and the basement of Maracanã.

This network also covers stadiums in the cities of Brasília, São Paulo, Salvador, Belo Horizonte and Manaus where football matches are taking place as part of the Olympics. Federal Police officers based there are interconnected with the central Federal Police coordination unit of the Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The radio system in Rio consists of 11 Tetrapol base stations with eight channels supporting more than 2,000 TPH700 terminals from Airbus Defence and Space being used simultaneously in more than 40 conversation groups. There is also additional infrastructure of core equipment and communication links in order to have good network capacity.

"Tetrapol is the official means of communication for all Federal Police staff involved in the operation. All our officers will be coordinated through Tetrapol, including the assault and intelligence team. Helicopters, boats and tactical vehicles also are equipped with mobile Tetrapol terminals. Therefore, Tetrapol has met our expectations," says Aluisio Sardinha, Coordinator of Federal Police Tetrapol operations in Rio de Janeiro.

The Federal Police is also cooperating with more than 50 foreign security forces to ensure the safety of the athletes and visitors. The Tetrapol system is integrated with the radio network of other forces. Therefore, the Command and Control Unit of the Rio de Janeiro Public Safety Secretary manages all communications between the various agencies involved.

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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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