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Secure operational messaging solutions for TETRA radios

“SmartChat was designed to improve overall situational awareness for mission critical users. For these users, their next action is often dependent on the information they have to hand. By sharing data as widely as possible, in a simple user interface, the application seamlessly joins smartphone, control room and TETRA radio users”.

This improves operational efficiency and supports staff safety.


Using chat-based messaging to support voice communications means it is easier to share complex or hard to remember information such as an address or a specific location, a car registration or a maintenance part. Messages are stored on the device and available for reference when required.

Similarly images can be shared and used for reference during operations; for instance the image of a missing person sent to rescue teams; an image of a burst water pipe sent to maintenance teams, or an image of a missing part sent to the purchasing team to allow a repair to be completed.

By using the secure TETRA network, SmartChat ensures crucial information is received by users even when the broadband coverage is poor – this is frequently the case in large buildings, underground locations or remote spots.

SmartChat enables text and image-based information to be shared to field officers using either TETRA radios or smart devices, without risking security by using commercial messaging applications.

“We are seeing an increase in the number of smartphone users in the commercial and mission critical environment, but these users are unable to share information with front line users of TETRA radios.

This is as relevant in critical national infrastructure such as transport and utilities as it is in public safety. SmartChat is a powerful solution to support these organisations; using the benefits of a secure TETRA platform and ensuring that voice channels are kept free for emergency communications”.




  • Productive messaging across operational teams
  • Self-hosted and secure without reliance on commercial clouds
  • Flexible integration to IT systems and data sources
  • Forward critical messages to radios across TETRA networks

Source: Sepura

Hytera Communications Completes Acquisition of Sepura


Global Leader in Professional Mobile Radio Solutions Sees Further Opportunity to Grow in TETRA, DMR and LTE

Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (002583.SZ), the leading global provider of innovative professional mobile radio (PMR) communications solutions that improve organizational efficiency and make the world safer, today completed its acquisition of the Sepura Group PLC, based in Cambridge, United Kingdom, a widely respected leader in TETRA with the unique ability to offer TETRA, DMR, P25 and LTE system solutions for organizations worldwide.

“The PMR industry is seeing rapid evolution, and Hytera leads in incorporating new technologies and attractive features that deliver more effective solutions for our customers,” said Mr. Qingzhou Chen, founder, chairman and president of Shenzhen, Guangdong-based Hytera. “Adding the Sepura Group complements our strengths in technological innovation, especially in TETRA, along with adding sophisticated engineering talent and an experienced operating team.”

Hytera’s acquisition of Sepura adds approximately 700 professionals and staff to Hytera’s organization, along with research facilities and offices in Cambridge, Zaragoza, and Helsinki. Sepura had itself grown rapidly, both organically and through the acquisition of Zaragoza, Spain-based PMR communications solutions provider Teltronic S.A.U. in 2015. Sepura also owns Helsinki, Finland-based applications developer Portalify. The Sepura Group markets PMR communications solutions under the PowerTrunk brand in North America.

“Sepura and its subsidiaries provide Hytera greater market share in the U.K., Europe, and North America, as well as strong channel partnerships through a worldwide dealer network,” added Hytera’s Mr. Chen.

Established in 1993 in Shenzhen, China, Hytera Communications is the world’s fastest-growing PMR solution provider, and the world’s #1 DMR Tier III Trunking provider. Hytera’s more than 7,000 employees serve organizations in more than 120 countries, including in government, the public security sector, the utilities, transportation, and oil and gas industries, and a range of other businesses.

In 2016, both Hytera and Sepura provided PMR solutions for event management and public safety at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. Next year, Hytera will provide similar PMR communications solutions for security and event management for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“Joining with Hytera gives us access to a broader cross-section of the market, gives our dealers the advantage of a wider range of products and solutions, and provides growth opportunities for our engineers and research and development technicians,” said David Barrass, the interim Chief Executive Officer of Sepura. “With its growing momentum in the PMR space and some very high-profile opportunities, Hytera is executing a clear strategy as it expands globally. It’s a terrific opportunity.”

Last year, Hytera reported year-over-year growth of 39%. In 2016, Hytera’s overall sales of terminals were up 52%, and its overall sales of infrastructure increased 86%.

The announcement of the Sepura deal’s closing comes in the wake of Hytera’s highly anticipated debut at Critical Communications World 2017 in Hong Kong of its new LTE/PMR Convergence Solution, which comprises cutting-edge Multi-mode Advanced Radio terminals, narrowband-broadband infrastructure, and management software. Hytera’s LTE/PMR Convergence Solution incorporates feature-rich broadband technologies while ensuring that critically important voice services remain reliably accessible using narrowband technologies such as TETRA, DMR, and PDT.

Hytera Chairman Qingzhou Chen will visit Sepura’s offices in the U.K. and Spain in June to deepen relationships with key management and to meet personnel. “Hytera has tremendous momentum in the marketplace,” he notes. “Last year, we became the second-largest PMR communications provider in the world, and we believe there remain excellent prospects for growth in key markets.”

Added Mr. Chen: “As we add Sepura’s technical talent, market reach, and relationships to Hytera’s own, we believe the future is full of promise.”

Source: Hytera


Motorola Solutions provides critical communications technology for the next public safety challenges in Rio de Janeiro

More than 16,000 portable, in-vehicle mobile and fixed station radios will be used to address critical communications needs of public safety personnel, Brazilian Army and other first responders safeguarding the millions of visitors and residents.

  • Motorola Solutions Public Safety grade APX™ series (Project 25 standard) radios will be used by Army and TETRA portable and mobile radios will be used by state organizations. Devices provide ease-of-operation in the most demanding situations as well as audio clarity, background noise cancellation, protection against shock and immersion, and advanced encryption, among others
  • Applications in P25 will provide real-time location of officers in the field from the Command and Control Center
  • The Brazilian Army’s communications system includes six mobile repeaters to expand radio coverage and capacity

Military forces will be using a variety of mission-critical communications technology from Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) and public safety forces from the State of Rio de Janeiro will be using TETRA Motorola Solutions radios to help ensure the security and safety of millions of residents and visitors.

The ICCC of Rio de Janeiro and the Army Operations Center (COp) will work together, making it possible to gather intelligence to carry out joint actions, such as delegation protection, protest management, incident prevention and routine activities in the region. In addition to radio communications, the COp will have full visibility of the real-time location of the officers in the field at the command center.

Mission-critical communications are essential for public safety agencies, especially at times of high network traffic. Even in situations like natural disasters or major emergencies, Motorola Solutions´ public safety solutions are designed to provide seamless and secure communications not available on commercial systems.

“Having an ultra-rugged radio solution that guarantees communications under any emergency situation, that offers immediate response times, and that has a secure encryption system, is of the utmost importance for the operations of the Security Forces, either in major events or routine operations,” said Edval Novaes, Sub secretary of Command and Control at State Secretariat for Security of Rio de Janeiro.

According to Felipe Drumond Moraes, lieutenant coronel at Brazilian Army, “Thanks to the expansion of the system that was in use in Rio de Janeiro, we will have optimal mission critical communication technology available for our military, GPS location and the capability to work seamlessly with unified groups, which will help speed up and improve incident prevention and response. Moraes added, “We have had excellent experiences during major events in the past where we used this communications technology, and we rely on the ability of the system for the upcoming challenges.”

Motorola Solutions’ radio terminals provide public safety agencies with unified, real-time communications. The APX™ series and the TETRA radios are public safety grade, including features like protection against dust ingress and water submersion, resistance to shock, and some include over the air programming capabilities, GPS tracking, Bluetooth capability to use wireless accessories, clear audio even in extreme noise environments and one-touch emergency button, among others.

“Motorola Solutions understands the importance of a unified, fast and safe response for tactical and routine operations, which must always count on the radio as their most important communications tool. Our solutions and services are present at many of the world’s greatest emergency and public safety challenges, and we are proud to be able to collaborate with the State of Rio de Janeiro as it undertakes similar challenges to protect its citizens and visitors,” said Elton Borgonovo, General Manager of Motorola Solutions Brazil.

Source: Motorola

Sepura Keeps communication flowing at the Olympic Games

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 The Public Security Secretary of Rio de Janeiro State has chosen Teltronic, part of the Sepura Group, to provide communications for the Summer Olympics and Paralympics, informally known as Rio 2016.

The €10 million contract will cover four venues (Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracanã), two airports (Rio de Janeiro/Galeão – Antônio Carlos Jobim International and Santos Dumont) and several key transport routes in the Olympic area.

The agreement with Teltronic will see an extension to the traffic capabilities of the existing Teltronic network currently used by the Rio police, as well as the installation of further Nebula base stations to provide additional coverage for the State Police and Emergency Services, and the Olympics organisation work force.

The existing network was originally provided by Teltronic for the Pan American Games in 2007 and, after some upgrades, is now supporting over 100 dispatch operators and more than 18,000 radios. This new upgrade for the Olympics will feature two extra TETRA carriers for each site, to update the capacity of the existing network; base stations with up to 12 TETRA transceivers to support high traffic loads throughout the event; a CeCoCo Control Centre, to accommodate a further 50 dispatch operators; an additional 6,000 terminals featuring Teltronic’s Synchronous Data Manager application to pare down the GPS refresh time in AVL applications; and 24/7 maintenance and operational support during the Games.

“This win builds on our long-term relationship with the Brazilian authorities and public safety agencies,” said Paulo Ferrao, the Sepura Group’s Sales Director for Brazil.

“We have a strong background in events of this scale, having supported communications for the FIFA World Cup 2014 and the Pan-American Games – both huge events in the sporting calendar of Brazil and, indeed, the world. We are delighted that Rio de Janeiro’s public safety agencies have, once again, placed their trust in us.”

Superintendent of Critical Communications at the Security Secretariat of the State, Colonel Alexandre Corval, commented:

“We are extremely happy to have chosen Teltronic. The company has been a trustworthy partner to our Public Safety Agencies for over 10 years. Once again, they have exceeded our expectations in terms of technical development, quality of the deployment and, above all, their dedication to customer service: throughout the project, they have paid close attention to our technical and operational requirements.

“We are confident that this extension to the existing Teltronic TETRA system will optimise our mission critical communications, enhancing the security of both visitors and employees throughout Rio 2016.”

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Source: Sepura

Spanish operator Itelazpi conducts TETRA/LTE Pilot with Metro Bilbao

Recently Itelazpi facilities were visited by a number international companies from the technological and railway sectors. Among them, companies like Alstom and Ansaldo, a delegation from London Heathrow airport, global leader for mission critical communications Sepura, and a company in charge of public transport systems in Pasto city (Colombia).

The purpose of the visits was to give the British delegation a first-hand look at the successful LTE pilot test with Itelazpi’s customer, Metro Bilbao, in collaboration with technology partner Teltronic. The group also visited the Tetra network operated by Itelazpi as well as the different Tetra services and applications that it provides to the different public entities.

The day was kicked off with the head of Itelazpi’s Tetra service, with a tour and was followed by an explanation of the scope of the LTE test pilot, along with a real-time demonstration of the different features that were tested.

The demo gave visitors a chance to observe an operational communication demonstration of group conversations that integrates both LTE and Tetra technology. Video of recorded images from cameras installed both in the train and on the platform, as well as images video recorded by smartphones with LTE, were also streamed when in movement and in real time. The innovative aspect of this project is based on integrating multimedia transmission (LTE-4G) with TETRA mission-critical network technology to provide the highest levels of security and continuity.

The pilot test involved the underground installation of a private network of mission-critical LTE between two stations on the Bilbao Metro tube line. This network is integrated with Itelazpi’s Tetra network, which on one hand permits transmissions of broadband services, such as sending video in real-time when in movement, and secondly, the integration of LTE communications with the existing Tetra service. Thus, it gives different users a comprehensive mission-critical service that covers the full range of clients’ needs by offering a suite of advanced services coupled with cutting-edge technology.

Source: TETRA applications

Sepura announces the acquisition of Fylde Micro

SEPURASepura have announced the acquisition of Fylde Micro Limited, the UK-based radio trunking solutions company. Fylde Micro have been pioneers in the field of radio trunking for over thirty years, gaining a worldwide reputation for delivering reliable solutions within the Professional Mobile Radio (“PMR”) market.  They were instrumental in delivering the analogue MPT1327 standard to a global market and, more recently, closely involved in the writing of the ETSI digital standards for DMR and dPMR. Fylde develops and manufactures trunking controllers that are used in PMR base stations, forming the core of the radio infrastructure. Fylde’s latest product, the Multi-Lingo controller, is one of the most sophisticated on the market and creates a network that can utilise multiple standards – such as DMR, dPMR and analogue MPT1327 – simultaneously.

Gordon Watling, Chief Executive Officer of Sepura, commented: “Our acquisition of Fylde Micro adds a further dimension to our critical communications portfolio and, specifically, enhances our recently launched DMR offering.  Combining our DMR portfolio with Fylde’s innovative trunking solutions increases our ability to offer customers cost effective, flexible solutions to migrate their existing analogue networks to digital.”

Brian Seedle, Chairman of Fylde, said: “We are thrilled to be joining the Sepura group at such an exciting time for the PMR industry.  Sepura has established itself as a catalyst for analogue to digital migration, enabling increasing numbers of organisations to realise the productivity gains provided by digital communication solutions.  Combining our respective product portfolios offers analogue users a simpler and more cost effective migration strategy, and provides further market reach for our range of products through access to the renowned Sepura network of partners and distributors.”

Fylde Micro represents Sepura’s third strategic acquisition in the last two years; 3T, the Austrian supplier of TETRA infrastructure was acquired in 2012, and Portalify, the Helsinki based applications developer, was acquired in July 2013.

Mr Watling added: “Sepura continues to expand its addressable market by targeting high growth opportunities within PMR.  This acquisition further reinforces our ability to provide complete, state of the art, communications solutions to the many different global markets we serve.  We will continue to listen to our customers and, through acquisitions and new product development, deliver solutions that enable them to meet their operational challenges.”

Source: Sepura