Learn, Define And Develop The Evolution Of Critical Communications


 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.

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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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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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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.

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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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.

Please direct any inquiries to:
CONET Technologies AG
Simon Vieth, Press Officer
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Press Release Source: INMARSAT

Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Beijing Marine Communication Navigation Company (MCN), a company owned by China Transport Telecommunication & Information Center (CTTIC), has signed four new Value Added Reseller (VAR) agreements with Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, to bring Global Xpress, the world’s first globally available, superfast mobile broadband service, to commercial and public sector organizations across China.

Through the agreements, signed by Inmarsat CEO, Rupert Pearce, and MCN Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Mr. Song Zhen, MCN becomes a Global Xpress Value Added Reseller (GX VAR) in China, covering maritime, aviation, enterprise and Chinese government markets. The two companies will work closely together to launch commercial services for Global Xpress in China at the earliest opportunity.

“From emergency first responders to those delivering remote education (e-learning) services, Global Xpress will bring the benefits of seamless, superfast connectivity to every region in China, while ensuring that Chinese companies – from airlines to shipping fleets – can enjoy the same high capacity service wherever they are in the world,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat.

“MCN has been a partner for Inmarsat in China for many decades and we are delighted that this relationship is extending to our latest and most powerful satellite communication service; Global Xpress. China is one of the biggest markets for Inmarsat’s mobile satellite-based voice and broadband services, delivering double digit growth in the last five years and we are confident that there will be significant demand for Global Xpress.”

Mr. Song Zhen, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, MCN, said: “MCN and Inmarsat have enjoyed a partnership over many, many years. It is a relationship that is founded on mutual respect and a shared understanding of the beneficial role satellite communications plays in our increasingly connected world. We are delighted to partner Inmarsat in bringing Global Xpress services to the market and believe that, with its many humanitarian, economic and social benefits, Inmarsat’s superfast broadband service will prove highly popular in China.”

Inmarsat and MCN’s relationship dates back to 1979. Inmarsat works exclusively through retail partners in China, including MCN, to provide mission critical communications services to some of China’s biggest multinational enterprises including Air China, China COSCO, China Shipping Container Lines, China National Petroleum Corporation, China Central Television, and Xinhua News Agency.

Global Xpress
Inmarsat is investing US$1.6 billion to build the Global Xpress network, which will initially compromise of three Inmarsat-5 satellites in geostationary orbit above the equator. Global Xpress operates with a combination of fixed narrow spot beams that enable Inmarsat to deliver higher speeds through more compact terminals, plus steerable beams so additional capacity can be directed in real-time to where it’s needed.

Global Xpress is the world’s first superfast, globally available satellite communications network to operate in the Ka-band spectrum. Global Xpress services are designed to integrate seamlessly with Inmarsat’s proven L-band network, and will enable users across the aviation, maritime, enterprise and government sectors to have reliable and assured access to high-throughput communications.

The second Global Xpress satellite was successfully launched on 1 February 2015. The third satellite is scheduled for launch in Q2 2015 and global commercial services are on course to be introduced earlier in the second half of this year.

For further information
Jonathan Sinnatt
Director of Corporate Communications
+44 (0)20 7728 1935

Donna Garcia
Rice Communications
+65 9734 8808

About Inmarsat
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L).

The Inmarsat press release newsfeed and corporate updates are on @InmarsatGlobal.

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downloadLTE is rapidly being considered by public safety organisations worldwide as an important solution for mission critical mobile broadband communications. Momentum is gathering around LTE for public safety thanks to its thriving ecosystem, spectrum flexibility and performance metrics, particularly in the Middle East and US.

However, the transition to LTE is one of the most complex technical challenges the public safety communications industry faces today and there is much to discuss and resolve to achieve further adoption.

This year’s Critical Communications World 2015 conference programme will bring together 200+ Senior Leading Speakers to address the operational models, latest developments and deployment of Public Safety LTE.

Is migration to LTE inevitable or just a complimentary technology for years to come? How can customer demands be met for both critical voice and high-speed data?


Join the following LTE Focus Sessions at Critical Communications World 2015

Wednesday 20th May 2015

10.35 Meeting The Critical Communications Needs Of The Future: Evolving TETRA For New Services For Users And Tools For Operators
– Outlining the need for new services and tools as well as the provision of TETRA over LTE

•Frédéric Miran, Head of Products Portfolio – Secure Land Communications, Airbus Defence and Space

Thursday 21st May 2015

10.10 PANEL DISCUSSION: Exploring The Operational Models For – Deploying LTE For Professional Users
– How much data? When, where and how? What is mission critical?
– Choosing the right operational model for deploying a critical communications broadband network
– Is commercial cellular suitable for public safety?
– What’s the timeline for deploying LTE? Suitability of Integration with existing critical communications networks
– Challenges – spectrum, standardisation, budget

•Tero Pesonen, Chair, TCCA CCBG
•Robert Horvitz, Director, Open Spectrum Foundation
•Emmanuelle Villebrun, French Ministry of Interior
•Ross Macindoe, Head of Future Networks, Airwave
•Sue Lampard, President, British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials
•Jeff Spaeth, Corporate Vice President, Systems and Software Enablement, Motorola Solutions
10.50 Evolving Critical Communications To Meet User Demands
– Which mission critical services do users need the most in times of emergency?
– How can customer demands be met for both critical voice and high-speed data?
– Is migration to LTE inevitable or just a complimentary technology for years to come?

•Richard Sun, Vice President, ZTE Trunking

11.50 Deploying Highly Mobile LTE Networks And Coverage For Tactical Missions
– Determining the requirements for deployable networks and coverage systems for defence forces
– Combining TETRA and LTE to enable the parallel use of all TETRA voice services and broadband data transmission
– Evaluating the experience of deploying LTE for the German Military
– Results from trialling a moving base station, radio range, data transfer rate, performance while moving and interfaces to other systems

•Andreas Wack, Lieutenant Colonel, German Armed Forces

12.10 EvaluatingThe Latest Developments For Mission Critical Communications – TETRA + LTE
– Mission critical networks evolution
– Simplifying the move to LTE
– Leveraging the existing networks

•Felix de la Fuente, Senior VP Sales and Marketing, Teltronic

12.30 3GPP Mission Critical – Working Group SA6 – The Steps Toward’s Fully Standardised Mission Critical LTE
This presentation will cover 3GPP application elements and interfaces supporting specialised communication (e.g. Mission Critical Push To Talk), including:
– General application architectural aspects
– Functional interactions
– Allocation of functions to particular subsystems and elements
– Generating information flows
– Identification of Application protocols

•Stephen Andrew Howell, Convenor 3GPP TSG SA WG6 and Technical Specialist, UK Home Office

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