The big leap in Tetra evolution: Airbus Defence and Space releases the Tactilon Dabat smart radio

Elancourt - 24 May 2016

Both a smartphone and a Tetra radio, the Tactilon Dabat features mission critical functions, a touch screen display and front/back cameras.

Today Airbus Defence and Space is releasing the Tactilon Dabat smart radio, a big leap in Tetra evolution. It integrates a fully rugged smartphone and a complete Tetra handheld radio in one device. The Tactilon Dabat resists shocks, water and dust like any Tetra radio. It also offers the multipurpose buttons of Airbus Defence and Space’s other Tetra terminals, such as the emergency and push-to-talk buttons.

“Tactilon Dabat is the latest result of our close cooperation with public safety organisations for over 30 years,” says Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. “Such organisations expect communication devices which incorporate mission-critical voice, video and data functions. They also want to use applications and share multimedia information. Tactilon Dabat is designed to combine this for professionals,” he adds.

The large 4.7-inch touch screen is ideal for using smart apps, and users are also able to handle it while wearing gloves. The Tetra module offers all the functionalities once only found in Tetra radios. The Tactilon Dabat is interoperable and can work on any standard Tetra network.

In addition to the push-to-talk button and the touch screen, users benefit from a long-lasting, removable and rechargeable battery ensuring that they stay connected during long incidents. The audio processing is designed for professional operation and enables loud and clear voice communication.

Front and back cameras allow images to be captured. Moreover, these images can be shared with Tetra groups in a controlled, safe manner. The device can be worn on the lapel in order to capture videos and send them to a control centre or to colleagues.

The Tactilon Dabat is rugged and both dustproof and waterproof with Ingress Protection ratings IP65 and IP67. All information within the Tactilon Dabat is encrypted and protected against threats.

“Tactilon Dabat is a completely new type of device. It combines the advantages of a rugged smartphone and a fully functioning Tetra radio. We believe that professionals appreciate it,” says Eric Davalo, Head of Strategy, Solutions Portfolio and Engineering of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space.

The Tactilon Dabat will be presented at the Airbus Defence and Space stand D 42 in hall 8 during the Critical Communications World (CCW) 2016 exhibition in Amsterdam from May 31 to June 2, 2016.

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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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