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The current and future use of unmanned aerial systems

Part three of your complimentary newsletter series, providing you with exclusive access to interviews with our expert speakers, is here!

This latest edition focuses on the current and future use of unmanned aerial systems, featuring interviews with:

  • Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research & Analysis, Direct Relief International
  • Captain Tom Cowper, New York State Police



Critical communications sector welcomes WRC-15 public safety spectrum resolution

World Radiocommunication Conference delivers first recommendation in the history of the ITU-R  for a global harmonised spectrum range for mobile broadband services to support the Public Safety and Emergency Services

Geneva, Switzerland, 25 November 2015:  The increasing need for harmonised frequency ranges for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) communications has been recognised in a highly significant resolution agreed by the 196 nations participating in the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) concluding this week in Geneva. Harmonised spectrum for critical communications enhances interoperability and cost effective cross-border collaboration, resulting in more effective response during disasters and major events.

The WRC 2015 Resolution 646  takes into consideration ‘the growing telecommunication and radiocommunication needs of public protection agencies and organisations, including those dealing with emergency situations and disaster relief, that are vital to the maintenance of law and order, protection of life and property, disaster relief and emergency response.’  The Resolution 646, which is an international agreement under UN/ITU, encourages administrations to use harmonised frequency ranges for PPDR to the maximum extent possible, and to consider the frequency range 694-894 MHz when undertaking national planning for PPDR applications, highlighting broadband in particular.

This underlines that although narrowband and wideband systems will continue to be used to meet PPDR requirements, there is a growing need for broadband applications to support improved data and multimedia capabilities. These require higher data rates and higher capacity, and appropriate spectrum from this harmonised range may need to be made available on a national basis.

The WRC Resolution 646 recognises that many administrations wish to promote interoperability and interworking between communications systems used for PPDR, both nationally and for cross-border operations in emergency situations and for disaster relief.  Clearly defined frequency ranges enable improved spectrum management and planning. Harmonised spectrum increases the potential for interoperability and standardisation of equipment. The resulting economies of scale in terms of research, development and manufacturing lead to a more cost-efficient and competitive market.

“In today’s world, the need for cross-border cooperation among PPDR agencies has never been more apparent,” said Phil Kidner, CEO of critical communications sector’s representative the TCCA. “Many, many organisations responsible for delivering and supporting PPDR emergency response have been working for several years to secure harmonised spectrum for critical broadband applications. We would like to thank the spectrum regulators of the world for this Resolution – it is a treaty between the 196 UN countries and therefore a very important global step.”

The Resolution 646 is a significant first step and efforts on both regional and national levels are needed to reach the objective – internationally harmonised spectrum is dedicated at national level. Several countries have allocated spectrum already, including Australia, Canada, France, Korea and the USA. Each of those took the decision as direct result of natural disasters or terrorist attacks, and all are in alignment with this Resolution.

For Europe, the next step is for the CEPT (European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations), which represents 48 European countries, to complete the ongoing work and reach an ECC Decision. The CEPT decision is expected in the first half of 2016.
The European Commission is also committed to ensuring that sufficient spectrum is made available under harmonised conditions.

Note to Editors:

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) are held every three to four years under the United Nation’s ITU-R Union. It is the job of the WRC to review, and, if necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits. Revisions are made on the basis of an agenda determined by the ITU Council, which takes into account recommendations made by previous WRCs. The general scope of the agenda of WRCs conferences is established four to six years in advance, with the final agenda set by the ITU Council two years before the conference, with the concurrence of a majority of Member States.

For more information about the TCCA, please visit www.tandcca.com
Contact information: editor@tandcca.com

What are the current cyber security threats facing the critical communications industry?


As part of the launch of Critical Communications World’s Cyber Security, Data Applications & Control Rooms and Future Technologies zones, we are releasing a complimentary three part newsletter providing you with exclusive interviews we carried out with our expert speakers and market intelligence provided by IHS.

Part one focuses on the current cyber security threats facing the critical communications sector. Access three exclusive interviews with:

  • Charles Brookson, Chairman, ETSI Cyber Working Group
  • Dr Evangelos Ouzounis, Head of Secure Infrastructure and Services Unit, ENISA
  • Talal Rajab, Programme Manager – Cyber, techUK

What kind of Critical Communications networks and services can the next generation of users expect to access?



At Critical Communications World, 31st May – 2nd June 2016, RAI Amsterdam we will be looking at how Mission Critical Communications end user requirements are evolving today, for tomorrow and the next decade. The programme will also closely evaluate how to get the most from existing TETRA networks, sharing best practice with Users from around the world and monitoring the development of Mission Critical Mobile Broadband. DOWNLOAD PREVIEW BROCHURE

You may have questions about how TETRA and LTE will co-exist for Mission Critical Users. What will be the voice and data requirements for Users in the short, medium and long term and how will these needs be met by existing infrastructure and forthcoming investments? Also, what is the future for TETRA?


Latest findings from I.H.S suggests that “the use of LTE in private cellular networks is projected to grow tenfold between 2014 and 2019”

“Not only is LTE is being chosen in many regions as the technology for commercial cellular communication but it is now also being considered as a future broadband standard for critical communications users; the option of private LTE networks already a reality.

IHS has recently produced an in-depth analysis of the rapidly growing broadband market in critical communications for the next five years. A key finding from the research is that the use of LTE in private cellular networks is projected to grow tenfold between 2014 and 2019.
Although IHS forecasts that, long-term, the majority of private networks will migrate to LTE, the transition will be slower than previously projected. WiMAX will ultimately be displaced both in private LTE markets and commercial cellular market” (I.H.S, 2015).


To get your questions answered and to understand more about the future of networks and services join us for Critical Communications World, 31st May – 2nd June 2016, RAI Amsterdam.

Twice as much radio traffic on the ASTRID network during WW I memorial ceremonies in Belgium Exceptional security measures for British royal family and VIPs

ASTRID, the Belgian TETRA network operator for emergency and security services, registered significant peaks in radio traffic during the Great War commemorations that were held last Monday (4th August). During large scale events, radio communication constitutes an indispensable aid for the police and emergency services. Because of the scope of the security deployed last Monday, there was more than double the radio traffic on over twenty ASTRID base stations in Liège, Leuven and Mons.

Exceptional measures
The commemorations that were held last Monday in several Belgian cities signified a major challenge for the
police and all emergency and security services. The presence of numerous royals (Belgium’s King Philippe and
Queen Mathilde, Prince William and Duchess Kate, Prince Harry, King Felipe VI of Spain), government leaders,
ministers and high representatives made exceptional security measures necessary.
Hundreds of agents of the local and federal police, Defence, staff from town and province councils, the fire
brigades, the Civil Defence, the medical services, national and international security personnel were deployed.
The provincial control rooms (CIC) and the crisis and command centres were veritable beehives of activity.
Management of the events by all of these components of the security system generated far more radio traffic on
the ASTRID network than on a normal day. (more…)

Surge in TETRA shipments as industry marks another record-breaking year


For immediate release:

Critical Communications Europe, Amsterdam, March 12 2014:TETRA technology for critical communications has seen yet another record year for shipments. Data from IHS shows that 2013 saw another increase in terminal shipments over 2012, which was already the most successful year to date in the history of the TETRA standard.

Some 600,000 new and replacement TETRA terminals shipped in 2013, and IHS sees the upward trend continuing, expecting more than 4,000,000 active terminals by 2017.

The TETRA Infrastructure market is projected to grow at 7-8 per cent over 2013. Comb (more…)

Due to the substantial growth in Asia Pacific, Rohill expands with a permanent office in Bangkok


Due to the substantial growth in Asia Pacific, Rohill expands with a permanent office in Bangkok

HOOGEVEEN, March 6th, 2014 – Rohill Engineering B.V., celebrating its 40th year anniversary this month during a partner event in the Netherlands, is proud to announce an expansion of its regional presence with its APAC Regional office in Bangkok, Thailand.

Rohill based in the Netherlands supports its partners and customers from its head office and through its regional offices in Brazil, Turkey, Germany and Thailand.  Regional presence has proven to be extremely valuable and important for supporting its partners and customer and end-user relationship.

Rohill and its partners have achieved a remarkable expansion of the TETRA business with the TetraNode line of solutions in the APAC market in the recent years. Successes in especially the Airport, Mining, Metro, Oil & Gas, Security and Utilities market segments have been driven by its all IP soft switch innovative products. Rohill success with the TetraNode line of true IP products is driven by its ability to customize both software and hardware based on customer requirements in a highly competitive package with full support from its partner network, regional offices and head office.

The formal opening of the Bangkok office in conjunction with the Critical Communications World (CCW) congress in Bangkok will be rescheduled due to the move of the CCW event to Singapore on May 20-22nd, 2014 and communicated at a later date. Also, due to the overall expansion, Rohill anticipates after the summer to have its new and larger Latin American office facility opened in Brazil.

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About Rohill

Rohill is a communications technology company based in The Netherlands. The company is dedicated to the development, manufacturing and supply of professional mobile communications systems for safety and mission-critical applications.

Over the years Rohill has gained a strong reputation in supplying radio communications networks for public safety, military, public transport, oil & gas, utilities, airports & seaports, and industry. Its expertise and organization allows Rohill to offer a wide range of customer-specific solutions.

For more information, visit Rohill online:  http://www.rohill.com


How do you judge a conference? | Critical Communications Europe 2014

How do you judge a conference?

By the quality of its speakers.

Despite all the hard work that goes into organising and running an event, any success is down to the willingness of members of the Critical Communications community to share their work and inspire their peers. We are very grateful and proud of all of our speakers who will be bringing the conference to life in Amsterdam. Below is just a small preview of who will be stepping up to the lectern at the NH Grand Hotel Kraznapolsky during Critical Communications Europe.

Meet The Speakers 

Meet the speakers


Key Topics Include

    • How Will Innovation Shape The Future Of Critical Communications
    • A European Harmonised Spectrum For Broadband PPDR
    • SMART Critical Communications: The Smart Santander Project
    • Preparing And Investing For Next Generation Networks – Exploring The MVNO Opportunity
    • Mass Management And Encryption In Public Safety Critical Communications Networks
    • Deploying Critical Communications To Increase Efficiency In The Rail Environment

We look forward to welcoming you to Critical Communications Europe

Critical Communications Europe Team


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Airbus Group takes off into 2014 with joint brand

Toulouse, 02 January 2014

EADS rebranded as Airbus Group

Divisions named Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and Airbus Helicopters
Airbus Group targets conversion of legal form into European
Company SE by 2015

Airbus Group

Taking off into the New Year, the EADS group has been rebranded
as “Airbus Group”. Uniting all its activities under a single and strong
brand, Airbus Group also renames two of its three Divisions. Going
forward, the Group is home to:
Airbus, focussing on commercial aircraft activities;
Airbus Defence and Space, integrating the Group’s defence and
space activities from Cassidian, Astrium, and Airbus Military;
Airbus Helicopters, comprising all commercial and military helicopter activities.


TETRA Congress Americas Highlights – Current And Future Deployments, From Radio Resource

By Sandra Wendelken, Radio Resource


Nearly 200 people gathered in New York City for TETRA Congress Americas to learn more about TETRA technology and hear from North American mission-critical communications users who have deployed the technology.

The FCC and Industry Canada both granted approval for the TETRA standard’s use in the United States and Canada, respectively, in 2011.

One theme among the speakers was the use of data applications available with the European Telecommunications and Standards Institute (ETSI) standard. Many users included details on data features, such as a GPS check-in feature for remote workers, CAD control of a radio system, text messaging and others, that allow them to more efficiently run their businesses. In addition, although many vendors are targeting non-public-safety users, public-safety applications were noted in many presentations. (more…)

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