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.
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…)