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IHS Industry Survey

IHS are an independent research organization seeking to understand the changing landscape of mission critical communications. One element of our research process is to look at the opinions of end users and understand the current and future challenges that are affecting them.

IHS, the market leader in Land Mobile Radio and Professional Mobile Radio research, is conducting this critical research into the Critical Communications Broadband market. We would like this survey to be completed by respondents who:

  • Use an LMR/Mission Critical System to communicate
  • Manage and administrate an LMR system
  • Influence or make decisions on the selection of LMR communications system(s)

If you fall into any of these categories, we would greatly appreciate 10 minutes of your time to provide us with your opinions on your current technology and future challenges in the industry. Please click here to take the survey

IHS are offering the chance to win one (1) of four (4) $100 Amazon gift cards for those who participate.

We promise to protect all identifying information regarding you and your company or organization. The purpose of this research is to get a representative view of LMR users like you.

Thank you very much for your time.


Middle East and Africa region promises consistent growth in critical communications

Source: Middle East and Africa region promises consistent growth in critical communications

Critical Communications Middle East – Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security, Dubai, will be opening the conference and exhibition with a Keynote Address


 Celebrating the Year of Innovation in the UAE

Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
Conference 5 -7 October 2015
Exhibition 6 – 7 October 2015


The 3rd Annual Critical Communications Middle East 6 – 7 October, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai is delighted to announce Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security, Dubai, will be opening the conference and exhibition with a Keynote Address.

Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim will be presenting in the main conference hall at 10.20am on 6th October at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai. The Keynote Address will be free for all to attend so please register now.

Register Free Exhibition Pass

Other speakers at the event include:

  • Dr Khalid Almarri, Communications Director, Dubai Police
  • Colonel Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, CIO, Dubai Police
  • Jarmo Vinkvist, CEO, Suomen Virveverkko Oy
  • Jonathan Lewin, Deputy Chief, Chicago Police
  • Bassam Almaharmeh, Chief Information Security Officer, Jordan Ministry of Interior
  • Said Madoun, Head of Telecom Services, Groupement Timimoun

With visitor registrations for this years event already way ahead of all previous years and the exhibition 30% larger, it looks set to be an outstanding event. Make sure you do not miss out. Register for your free exhibition pass here

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TCCA announces enhanced testing process for new applications and services over TETRA networks

Increasing demand for and development of applications over TETRA secure voice and data networks has added a new benefit to the world-leading TETRA Interoperability Testing and Certification Process (IOP). The TCCA has announced the introduction of a formal testing process for the TETRA Peripheral Equipment Interface (PEI) that will accelerate the introduction of new services over TETRA.

The TETRA IOP is the strict, independent and tightly controlled process developed and managed by the TCCA to ensure a truly open and interoperable multi-vendor market. This brings proven benefits to users such as choice of equipment and supplier, continuous development of new products, increased product functionality and improved price performance. For manufacturers, it eliminates different and incompatible implementations of the TETRA standard, and provides a formal compatibility test forum.

The rapidly expanding TETRA ecosystem has led to an increasing number of manufacturers and application developers looking for assured compatibility of peripheral equipment to deliver extended value on TETRA networks and terminals. The approval of TETRA PEI testing by the TCCA Technical Forum (TF) means that TETRA terminal manufacturers are now able to obtain an official IOP Certificate showing that their implementation of the PEI protocol stack is compliant to the ETSI TETRA PEI standard. This certificate will not only help the terminal manufacturers, but also the application developers, operators and users who have invested in TETRA.

“The IOP process has created a large global TETRA market place which in turn has driven up functionality and driven down prices. This latest addition to interoperability testing will further benefit both manufacturers and users,” said Phil Kidner, CEO of the TCCA.

Users can be confident that products awarded an IOP certificate have been rigorously tested for conformance, and that the functions listed in the certificate fully meet the TETRA standard. This allows users selecting equipment from a number of suppliers to reduce the amount of system integration and testing.

The Technical Forum (TF) provides a general forum for technical knowledge exchange. It develops and oversees the TETRA IOP and coordinates user and operator input with ETSI, which maintains the TETRA standard. All TETRA IOP testing is carried out by the independent testing house ISCOM. TCCA members can now request an IOP test session for testing the PEI. The testing can be done either in a dedicated PEI test session, or as part of another test session for the TETRA Air Interface or Direct Mode Interface. After each session, the testing house analyses the test results and issues a detailed official IOP Certificate. Test schedules and certificates are posted on www.tandcca.com.

About the TCCA

The TCCA represents TETRA, the most successful mission critical communications voice and narrowband data mobile standard in the world. Now available with TEDS supporting wideband data, we support the further development of the standard and promote its increasing adoption by professional users in a growing number of market sectors across all continents. For critical broadband data communications, we are driving the development of common global mobile standards.  For more information please visit www.tandcca.com


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LTE and TETRA: What we want versus what we need

For the majority of public safety networks on the planet, TETRA has been the premier choice and considering the technologies, it is easy to see why. It is for many, the most robust, resilient and flexible choice, offering higher capacity than its competitors and more recently, enhanced applications to allow emergency responders to do the best job they can in ensuring the public’s wellbeing and safety.

It has been the first choice for the last 15 years and this is set to grow with leading market research firm IHS predicting market growth in all regions of the globe for the coming years. The Germany National TETRA Network Project is the largest of its kind worldwide, and other countries are also looking to upgrade or develop their own TETRA networks. However it seems as though TETRA is not the final solution for mission critical communications. The consumer-led thirst for data and mobile broadband has become contagious, with emergency services personnel now asking why their children can do more on their smart phone than they can do on their professional handset or in their vehicle even with TETRA’s enhanced applications.

LTE has emerged as a long term possible replacement for TETRA in this age of mobile broadband and data. LTE offer unrivalled broadband capabilities for such applications as body warn video streaming, digital imaging, automatic vehicle location, computer-assisted dispatch, mobile and command centre apps, web access, enriched e-mail, mobile video surveillance apps such as facial recognition, enhanced Telemetry/remote diagnostics, GIS and many more. However, Phil Kidner, CEO of the TCCA pointed out recently that it will take many LTE releases to get us to the point where LTE can match TETRA on key features such as group working, pre-emptive services, network resilience, call set-up times and direct mode.

The result being, we are at a point where we have two technologies, one offering what end users want, and the other offering what end users need. This has altered the discussion, where now instead of looking at LTE as a replacement, we can look at LTE as a complimentary technology, used alongside TETRA to give end users the best of both worlds. Now the challenge appears to be how we can integrate TETRA and LTE to meet the needs and wants of our emergency services, and it seems that if we want to look for guidance and lessons on the possible harmony of TETRA and LTE we should look at the Middle East.

The 3rd annual Critical Communications Middle East will attack this theme head on in early October.  The region saw the very first public safety LTE network deployed in Qatar, something that Ged Robinson, Senior Advisor of the Qatar Ministry of Interior will be discussing. We will also hear from the Dubai Police on their own LTE network for enhanced data and how it compliments their TETRA network for mission critical communications. Jarmo Vinkvist CEO of Suomen Virveverkko, national authority TETRA operator in Finland, will outline his 15 year road map for TETRA and LTE and key industry leaders such as Airbus, Motorola, Nokia, Sepura, Teltronic (a Sepura Company) and the regional network operator Nedaa will give their insight and opinions on the development of a hybrid network.

Critical Communications Middle East will go out to answer the industries burning questions and give us a clear understanding on what the future holds for critical communications. It promises to be a must attend event, I just hope you can make it.

Safe Operation with Huawei’s eLTE Urban Rail Transit Solution

huaweiOn December 28, 2013, Zhengzhou Metro line 1 went into commercial operation. It is the world’s first metro line that uses eLTE for high-speed mobile broadband connection. Connecting 20 metro stations, Phase 1 of this project covers 25.41 km railway and serves an average of 162 thousand people per day. Based on the industry-leading 4G transit communication system, including dispersed system layout, vulnerability to disturbance and frequent interruptions. The solution combines applications such as CBTC, PIS, CCTV and broadband trunking in one network to provide reliable bidirectional wireless transmission channels for voice, data and video services. This ensures train Huawei eLTE, makes broadband metro connection available.
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CONET Strengthens Global Market Presence by Joining TETRA and Critical Communications Association (TCCA)


TETRA Association represents more than 160 manufacturers, integrators and operators of critical communication infrastructures worldwide

Hennef / Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK), April 8th, 2015.

With the official signing of the contracts, IT system and consulting provider CONET is now a regular member of the TETRA and Critical Communications Association (TCCA). In addition to the membership in this international association for TETRA providers and users and all other interested parties, the information technology and communications specialists at CONET as manufacturer of the CONET UC Radio Suite are getting actively involved in the TCCA’s “Critical Control Room Group (CCRG)“, thus positioning CONET’s own integration platform, communication hub, dispatcher and control solution for critical communication infrastructures more firmly in international markets.

”With its global orientation and its successful series of events on business and mission critical communications, the TCCA is the leading association for all stakeholder groups in the field of TETRA and critical communications“, explains Michael Exner, Head of Integrated Communication Solutions at CONET. „For us, the TCCA offers broader opportunities for the expansion of our international partner network.” Especially in view of the recent interest in the CONET UC Radio Suite shown by numerous representatives of homeland security, infrastructure operators and industry during the latest trade exhibitions, this is going to be a central task in order to be able to react successfully to the increasing demand.
As early as 1994, the TETRA and Critical Communications Association (TCCA) has been founded as an information exchange forum for users, manufacturers, application providers, integrators, operators, test houses and telecom agencies who work with TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) as the global standard for digital trunked radio. Die TCCA promotes and encourages the development and the adaption of standards, thus offering its more than 160 international members the opportunity to get actively involved into the further development of mission-critical communications and to exchange know-how and first-hand experience. (www.tandcca.com)
About CONET UC Radio Suite
In the daily challenges faced by public and industry control rooms and command centers alike, a reliable and efficient communication between all players via the most diverse communication channels is essential for effective decision-making and decisive action. The CONET UCRS communication solution combines integrated voice and video conferencing over diverse communication platforms (TETRA, TETRAPol, PMR, P25, DMR, GSM, GSM-R) as well as an extensive and powerful integration of communication, information and data systems, e.g. for controlling public sounding & alerting, traffic and facility management, and video surveillance.

“Success. Our passion.“ CONET currently ranks among the top 20 of German IT systems and consulting companies. The medium-sized IT group has been successfully offering support in SAP, Infrastructure,
Communications, Software and Experts since 1987. Customers from industry and commerce, the public as well as defense and security sectors alike value CONET‘s commitment to quality and success. CONET product solutions for Critical Control Room Communications, IP Integration, Customer Collaboration, Enterprise Content Management and Business Process Management are in use worldwide. CONET
currently employs more than 500 business and IT specialists at thirteen locations throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Via an expanding partner network, CONET also offers system integration and
support services globally, mainly across Europe, Middle East and Asia.

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