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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).


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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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Motorola Solutions Wins TETRA Radio Tender in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

  • 25,000 TETRA radios will be used by 1,500 non-police public safety organisations
  • Contract includes TETRA digital radios, accessories, training and logistics services
April 01, 2015 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Motorola Solutions has been selected as the provider of 25,000 digital Terrestrial Trunked Radios (TETRA), accessories, training and logistics services by the Central Procurement Office of Schleswig-Holstein AöR (GMSH).

“Many specialists participated in this process, including several members of fire services and voluntary fire brigades, as well as emergency services and civil control, who worked on this important project during their leisure time

The Motorola Solutions devices, accessories and services will be used by 1,500 non-police public safety organisations, including all emergency services, public and private fire departments, and civil protection agencies in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.

“Many specialists participated in this process, including several members of fire services and voluntary fire brigades, as well as emergency services and civil control, who worked on this important project during their leisure time,” said Lars Ohse, divisional head of GMSH. “The results of comprehensive evaluations, as well as economic reasons and the ease–of-use of Motorola Solutions’ radios, led to this important decision.”

The contract includes the delivery of MTP850 FuG TETRA portable radios, MTP850Ex ATEX TETRA portable radios and MTM800 FUG TETRA vehicle mobile radios and accessories. Within the scope of the four-year contract framework, Motorola Solutions is responsible for on-site training and guidance, engineering support, software updates and a help desk function.

“Winning the latest competitive tender for supplying Schleswig-Holstein with TETRA radios and support underlines the confidence, trust and reputation for technological leadership we have earned by successfully providing mission-critical solutions to public safety agencies in Germany and worldwide,” said Christoph Thomas, vice president, Western Europe & North Africa Region, Motorola Solutions. “This project will equip fire departments, emergency services and civil protection agencies in Schleswig-Holstein with the best tools available to respond to mission-critical situations quickly, reliably and effectively.”


  • Motorola Solutions’ MTP850 FuG TETRA portable radios for mission-critical communications deliver fully integrated voice and data services providing up-to-date intelligence for informed decision-making for users such as fire fighters and rescue forces.
  • Motorola Solutions’ MTP850 FuG TETRA portables support the highest level of end-to-end encryption in accordance with the requirements of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) for highly secure communication. They also support GPS with a “man down” sensor, ensuring that life-threatening situations are automatically identified, located and resources quickly deployed.
  • The MTP850Ex ATEX TETRA portable terminal from Motorola Solutions provides high- quality communication with comprehensive user safety and class-leading ATEX specifications for use in potentially explosive environments.
  • Motorola Solutions’ MTM800 FuG TETRA vehicle mobile radio offers five different variations to suit specific operational requirements.
  • The police in Schleswig-Holstein have been using TETRA digital radios from Motorola Solutions since 2010.
  • Motorola Solutions also supplies TETRA digital radios, equipment and management to German security forces in the federal states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and federal security organisations.


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Critical communications market to deliver sustained growth in Asia

TETRA + Critical Communications Association

Kuala Lumpur, 23 March 2015: TETRA market growth of 11 per cent in Asia is predicted by global research organisation IHS, as the Critical Communications Asia event opens today at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Critical Communications Asia is open to all interested in the Asia-Pacific critical communications market, focussing on the public safety, security, transport, utilities and industrial sectors. The conference and exhibition will look at technology choices and innovations available now and in the future, exploring TETRA user experiences and critical broadband solutions.

“The TETRA terminals installed base in Asia is set to grow by 11 per cent by 2018, mostly driven by significant uptake in Oceania, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. TETRA terminals shipments are expected to reach almost 200,000 in 2018,” said Elizabeth Mead, Senior Analyst, Critical Communications, IHS.

“TETRA technology now represents 24 per cent of the digital technology market for LMR worldwide, and has achieved record shipment growth of 17 per cent in 2014 in the EMEA region. TETRA remains a favourite for many nationwide rollouts, given the exceptional functionality available. Even with an increase of digital technologies like DMR or dPMR, the TETRA market continues to develop,” said Elizabeth Mead.

IHS further estimates that there still remains a significant LMR analogue installed base (more than 70 per cent) of existing mobile radio users) that are yet to convert to digital, indicating that the potential for growth of TETRA technology across all major regions remains strong.

IHS is projecting more and more success for TETRA in regions traditionally not necessarily considered strongholds of the technology. The success TETRA has in the European arena is now being emulated in other markets, where new devices that offer enhanced capabilities including ATEX and covert capabilities are now gaining traction in the public safety and security markets.

Source: http://www.tandcca.com/about/article/23643



The 2015 Critical Communications World agenda will be brought to life by experts from six continents, sharing the global perspective on the future of Critical Communications. Each speaker is ready to share their experiences of developing, using and evolving Mission Critical networks and services with you.

Through direct case studies, in-depth interviews, interactive discussions and educational seminars you will leave the event fully updated and inspired.

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  • Rudy De Waele, Digital Transformation Strategist


  • Tor Helge  Lyngstol, CEO, DNK
  • Minna Nyman, Operations Manager, Rakel
  • Daniel Haché, Director of External Relations, ASTRID
  • Barbara Held, Head of Directorate – General Policy, BDBOS
  • Jarmo Vinkvist, CEO, Suomen Virveverkko  
  • Ross Macindoe, Head of Future Networks, Airwave 


  • General Ilkka Korkiamäki, Chief of C4 (J6) and CIO, Finnish Defence Forces
  • Emmanuelle Villebrun, French Ministry of Interior
  • Andreas Wack, Lieutenant Colonel, German Armed Forces
  • Roberto Moreno, RESCAN
  • Thomas Sylvest, Copenhagen Fire Department
  • Dr. Ing. Markus Rauch, Coordination of the Regional Radio Services, Office for Civil Protection, Autonomous Province of Bozen – South Tyrol
  • Edival NOVAES, Undersecretary of Technology, Secretariat of Public Security of Rio de Janeiro State 
  • Chris Dreyfus, Chief Inspector, British Transport Police


  • Wilson Kwok, Senior Communication Engineer, The Hong Kong Electric Co.   
  • Philippe Massy, Head of Radio Networks, SNCF
  • Neptali Mayorga, Transportadora de Gas del Peru
  • Petri Nieminen, Senior Advisor – Power Systems, National Emergency Supply Agency, Finland
  • Gary Mason, RF and Systems Engineer, GE Transportation Systems 


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TETRA has arrived in the Americas – Interview with Andy Schwartz, Director of Radio Communications, New Jersey Transit

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17th – 18th November 2014
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, USA

TETRA has arrived in the Americas, bringing the guarantee of secure voice services alongside data services and applications that offer new efficiencies to Mission Critical Users. This year it has been used to ensure safety and security during the Super Bowl and the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

IIR recently interviewed, Andy Schwartz, Director of Radio Communications, New Jersey Transit on his experiences of using TETRA during the Superbowl.

IIR: How has the TETRA Network for New Jersey Transit developed in the last year?
AS: Since the past year, we have added over 1500 subscribers to our system and are operating throughout the State of New Jersey along our bus and light rail routes.  We continue to add base station sites as part of our initial project and are looking to expand coverage to serve the needs of our radio system users.

IIR: What were the challenges in preparing the network, services and users for the Super Bowl 2014?
AS: The Super Bowl was a large undertaking.  For radio coverage, there was significant coordination required between all local, state, and national level agencies participating in event along with the NFL.  In addition to developing an incident communications plan, public safety frequencies had to be coordinated with the NFL who handles coordination for all non-public safety users, both domestic and international, who were planning on using radio at event.  NJ TRANSIT went to the FCC with a request for Special Temporary Authorization using frequencies identified by our consultant for use at three major transit hubs serving the Super Bowl event.  The FCC was very helpful and quickly granted our request for a two-week period centered around the date of the game.  The final challenge was securing backhaul to connect our TETRA base stations to the core.  We used a variety of methods including in-house fiber, microwave, and leased circuits. (more…)

Critical Communications Middle East – Interview with Simoco

We recently interviewed Andy Grimmett, Simoco’s Head of Product Strategy and Chair of the DMRA ahead of IIR Telecoms event, Critical Communications Middle East, 14 – 16 September, Dubai.


IIR: You have been working in radio communications for over 20 years now, and been heavily involved with industry associations and working groups. Critical Communication technology has changed a great deal in that time, and is currently going through an intense period of innovation. What would you say has been the key factor in driving technology forward?

Simoco: When I first became involved with radio, everything was bespoke. We would do a project for a customer and assemble a big project team with lots of developers where we would write software for months, if not years, depending on the size of the project. The project becomes a success but, for the next one, we would reuse very little or none of it because the project was too tailored to the customer.

What has happened over time is that we are seeing a big drive towards to open standards. Customers now have a greater awareness of radio communications technology and, rather than choosing a tailored a solution, they want open standard, off-the-shelf technology that can be integrated together with their own systems.

Another key driver is the fact that we are seeing increased international competition thanks to the digital evolution. As consumers, we don’t think twice about buying goods online. Global communications has opened up the market. The internet has allowed companies anywhere in the world to respond to tenders, which is why international exports now account for a large proportion of Simoco’s turnover.

Likewise, organisations are now asking for digital mobile radio technology. TETRA and P25 have matured for the public safety industry but commercial firms are telling us that they want digital. The cost pressures have seen a drive towards Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) technology. We are seeing an increased use of data in communications and increased pressure on licensed frequencies, which are becoming a scarce resource in some areas – and it’s the latter that is bringing regulatory pressures in our industry, and digital is the enabler for that.

IIR: Each User organisation will have its own specific requirements around what it needs from a Critical Communication network. Is there a core group of requirements that you see consistently across all sectors?

Simoco: While we are seeing an increase in the use of data in communications, voice is still the killer app when critical communications is concerned. In an emergency situation, voice is currently the only trusted method for communicating an urgent message to response teams straight away and regardless of location.

LTE technology as a critical communications tool is gaining awareness but right now all sectors are still talking about voice, and this has advanced over time. Voice has been enhanced with priority calls, emergency calls, and different levels of group calls, which can be complemented with some but less critical data.

Across all sectors, we also regularly see the requirement for open interfaces for industry specific applications. Organisations want to interface their other systems with radio systems, reinforcing the importance of open standard extending beyond radio, and applying standards to external interfaces too.

IIR: Although the majority of radio systems are privately owned and operated, there has been increased interested in the Critical Communications market from Commercial/Public Mobile Network Operators. Beyond a potentially lower subscription cost, what are the unique selling points that an MNO can offer?

Simoco: A MNO can offer customers a shorter term commitment to a communications solution. An OPEX (rather than CAPEX) approach can help customers to manage their budgets and allow them to review their systems each year – rather than commit to a five or ten year plan. It’s also possible to grow or shrink the number of handsets quite easily as the organisation changes.

While MNOs can offer flexibility and what might seem as initial low cost, the downside is that organisations need a very good service level agreement (SLA). As they’d be using a public network, companies won’t have control over it and this will likely raise concerns over reliability and resilience.

IIR: A private network will often be more expensive, but will be designed specifically to meet the User requirement. Does the benefit of this justify the higher level of investment?

Simoco: There is a strong financial case for using a private network if an organisation is going to commit to the system long-term as, although it requires a one-off investment, it eliminates the need to spend money on call charges each month. If a company is going to invest in a private network, which typically has a 10 year life span, it might then put a financial case over seven years to get the justification.

On top of the financial benefit, organisations are guaranteed coverage when they need it most and that the network is reliable, and the infrastructure is sized appropriately so organisations can get acceptable levels of call contention. Being private, the network is also secure and users can select various different levels of encryption techniques. Finally, it’s possible to integrate systems with other sub-systems within the organisation, which is much easier to do than in a public network.

IIR: There has been a lot of debate around the necessity of Open Standards, as groups begin to explore Mobile Broadband. Why are Open Standards crucial, and what is the potential risk of ‘vendor lock in’ when opting for a proprietary solution?

Simoco: An open standard obviously means that an organisation has vendor choice. Once you have open standards, anyone with the resources and knowledge can go and implement that open standard. Being publicly available, there will be more than one vendor selling something so there will be increased competition on pricing. This means that as more vendors bring products and solutions to the market, supply will increase which ultimately gives the customer more choice and may also bring down costs.

The other big benefit is the long term commitment from the industry. Once you get many organisations bringing products with the same standard to market, it reinforces the long term commitment. If an organisation, for example, buys a system using the open standard but the vendor which provided that system falls onto hard times, the technology is still available from other vendors. As a result, customers will have the long-term assurance that their system will be supported.

The standard also tends to result in faster feature development than anything that is proprietary. We are seeing more and more companies becoming innovative and then putting those features and functions back into the open standard. This all adds to why there is a much lower risk of using an open standard than going down the single proprietary route.

IIR; Will one technology ever truly dominate the market for Critical Voice and Data communications? How important is it that Users have the freedom to individually assess each technology and decide what best suits their needs and limitations?

Simoco: I believe there won’t be one technology that dominates the market. If you buy a one size fits all t-shirt, it will fit most people but it won’t be the right size and shape for everyone.

Different technologies will always exist in a critical communications environment and it’s important that people buying those technologies individually assess each one. Some are clearly not suitable for critical communications, so technology can be narrowed down to a few solutions quite quickly. It’s then a case of analysing what is the best technology to suit the different needs of the customer.

IIR: In 20 years within this industry, you will have seen the birth, and development, of established technologies such as TETRA and DMR. You are now seeing the advent of Critical LTE. What do you think will define the next 20 years of Critical Communications?

Simoco: Private Mobile Radio (PMR) has been slow to develop when compared with commercial cellular technologies. If you look at the likes of iPhones and Android phones, they have developed at such a fast rate and this is purely due to the market being massive and people changing their phones every one or two years. Radio, on the other hand, isn’t a fashion accessory – it’s there to do a job and it’s a tool for organisations to use. The spend on it is therefore a lot smaller when compared with commercial cellular.

With a private mobile network, there is a requirement for customers to invest in the system for ten or more years and this means that they don’t want the technology to change too much. They have invested significant time and cost in implementing a network, so they will want to know that it will work in ten years’ time.

LTE is an interesting development. It was developed for the commercial mobile phone market. It has been developed to deliver high-speed data to deliver real time video. It’s now being offered as a radio solution – primarily for public safety. At the moment, a lot of work is being done to extend the LTE standard to see if it can the meet requirements of critical communications. If successful, it will tick the box that says it can deliver all of the functions and features expected from a radio network.

However, if an organisation is going to put critical communications users onto a public network, how reliable will LTE be in the event of an emergency situation? If, for example, there is a terrorist attack where a terrorist sets off bombs using a mobile phone network, there will undoubtedly be concerns as to how the emergency services can manage critical communications using the same backbone technology. It’s a very interesting time for PMR at the moment. The way LTE is developing, and how successful LTE is going to be, will have a big direction on the future of PMR. But it’s too early to tell yet.

IIR; Simoco will be exhibiting at Critical Communications Middle East, this September. As one of the world’s leading radio communications specialists, why is it important for you to make sure you have a significant presence at the exhibition?

Simoco: Simoco’s attendance at the event marks an exciting time for the company as the Middle East is one of our most profitable areas. Dubai is home to our key partners UCA (ICATS) and Modern Media and, most recently, Simoco was awarded a five-year contract by UCA to deliver an advanced DMR solution to Bahrain Airport.

The recent successes and lucrative partnerships in the Middle East have led to us opening a permanent office in Dubai, headed up by Ghassan El-Housseini who recently joined as business development director for Simoco Middle East, to support the UAE region and our clients.

Furthermore, the exhibition has rebranded and expanded beyond TETRA to something that is more open to other critical communications technology. Simoco is highly supportive of this move from being a single technology show to one that is promoting DMR and P25 to critical communications professionals.

IIR: Are there any groups you are particularly looking to meet in Dubai next month?

Simoco: We are particularly interested in meeting organisations in public safety and security, utilities, natural resources, transport, and government and public infrastructure. We are looking to show them the benefits of DMR and P25 – and how they can support the operational needs of companies – as well as share details of our recent wins including the deal with Bahrain Airport which I mentioned earlier.

IIR: What can visitors expect to see at the Simoco stand in the exhibition? And is there anything they should be getting excited for?

Simoco: Visitors to our stand (#B10) can see how our P25 range can deliver reliable and secure communications in conventional, simulcast and trunked architectures, and we will be showing how P25 simulcast is available in a single box solution.

On the DMR side, visitors can see our full duplex telephony which we have recently developed and we will be demonstrating the technology on our stand.

I will also be presenting on distributed architecture – specifically the advantages which include resilience, reliability and cost benefit at 13.50 on Tuesday 16th September.

Critical Communications Middle East takes place 14 – 16 September. For more information or to register as a delegate or FREE to attend exhibition visitor please click here

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