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  • Thales is leading the Fed4PMR project, which involves nine players including seven SMEs, to develop a future high-data-rate 4G/LTE communication network for security agencies and emergency services.
  • The 36-month project, coordinated by Thales, includes three operational demonstrations, the first scheduled for September 2016.
  • Fed4PMR is one of the official projects approved by the COFIS joint committee for the security sector under the PIA investments for the future programme.

Thales is driving advances in Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) with the Fed4PMR project, a laboratory for future secure high-data-rate 4G/LTE radiocommunications to meet the requirements of security agencies and emergency services and to allow for images, videos and data to be shared securely.


The ambition of the Fed4PMR project is to provide innovative responses to ensure the successful transition of voice-only communications to these next-generation mission-critical 4G/LTE systems, while guaranteeing the necessary network security and resilience.

PMR networks play a crucial role in protecting people and property. They offer specific mission-critical functionality such as group calls and guarantee high availability in emergency situations.

The goal of the Fed4PMR project is to define a unified broadband PMR system spanning everything from user terminals to network operation. The proposed solution will combine multiple types of access networks (dedicated networks, virtual mobile networks, temporary networks) in a single infrastructure. This infrastructure will be used to deliver multimedia-enabled PMR services, including real-time transmission of pictures and video, database lookups and other professional applications, to meet the needs of users conducting critical missions in difficult situations.

Thales has formed a consortium with seven SMEs (Air-Lynx, Archos, Eolane-Douarnenez, Expway, Ibelem, Silicom and Sysoco) and researchers at Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris to develop the key technological building blocks for a demonstrator. This demonstrator will be officially unveiled at the end of the 36-month collaboration.

As project leader, Thales is in charge of integrating the various technologies to form a resilient and secure solution. It is also providing the multimedia-enabled PMR services to meet the requirements of mission-critical applications, such as group call and push-to-talk functionality. The SMEs in the consortium are an integral part of the LTE ecosystem. They will be responsible for sensitive components of the solution including the:

  • Development of dedicated, operated and deployable networks
  • Delivery of mission-critical PMR services (terminal applications, command room applications) and interoperability with legacy systems
  • Network operation and engineering, inventory management
  • Development of hardened terminals

To prepare for future evolutions, researchers at Pierre et Marie Curie University will ensure that studies incorporate future 5G concepts. To validate the operational scenarios, mobile telephony operator SFR will make its 4G network available for tests to be performed in conjunction with the various dedicated networks.

In the world of mission-critical communications, the gradual shift to commercially available technologies and solutions such as 4G/LTE is having a radical impact on the traditional PMR ecosystem. The transition promises more responsive, more effective solutions for tomorrow’s security services, while drastically reducing hardware and systems costs. The project involves a number of real technological challenges, especially in terms of integrating networks, multimedia services and strong security components to ensure the highest levels of network availability and protection from the full range of cyberthreats addressed by the consortium.

The Fed4PMR project is part of the telecom sovereignty component of France’s new industrial regeneration policy. It is partly funded by the French authorities through the Public Investment Bank (BPI) and the PIA investments for the future programme.

“The professional radiocommunications market is undergoing a real revolution with the advent of 4G/LTE technology, marking a radical break with conventional TETRA-based systems. The key players in this market in the future will be those who successfully integrate the offerings of telecom equipment suppliers, telephony operators and innovation-driven start-ups. Thales intends to draw on this ecosystem to offer resilient, secure high-data-rate PMR solutions. The support of the COFIS committee for the security sector is key to positioning French industry at the forefront of these advances.” Marc Darmon,  Executive Vice President, Secure Communications and Information Systems, Thales.

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

Co-Star Amplified Speakers aid communications in noisy environments



Co-Star have developed an amplified communications speaker for automotive and marine applications designed to enhance and increase the sound quality of comms equipment installed in noisy environments including : Public Transport, Emergency Service Vehicles, Airport transportation and Heavy Goods Vehicles.

The speakers are designed to work with all types of mobile communications equipment such as: TETRA, PMR systems, Telematics & Navigation equipment and PA systems.

The volume control allows the user the flexibility to easily increase or decrease the sound to suit the noise levels and maintain good levels of communication. The speakers are compact and unobtrusive and come complete with an angled mounting bracket for flexible positioning.

The speaker is easily connected to the equipment via the 3.5 mm right angle jack plug which is common on most mobile communications equipment and the powe cables are connected to the vehicle.

Co-Star have two amplified speakers, one to suit 12V applications and another for 24V.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented:

” The amplified communications speakers have been a big hit with companies who install communications equipment into public service vehicles. We recently supplied a large number to a company installing PMR communications equipment at a major London airport for use in their fleet of public transport vehicles and they were delighted with the performance in what is a very noisy environment ! ”

For more information on Co-Star’s amplified speakers please follow the links below.

COMM.4/AMP   Amplified Speaker 12 Volt: http://www.co-star.co.uk/prod/1110/amplified-communications-speaker-3-watt-12-v.html

COMM.6/AMP  Amplified Speaker 24 Volt: http://www.co-star.co.uk/prod/1111/amplified-speaker-3-watt-24-volt-6-amp.html