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Hytera Communications Completes Acquisition of Sepura

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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

THALES CREATES FED4PMR CONSORTIUM FOR BROADBAND PROFESSIONAL MOBILE RADIO

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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 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

Co-Star Amplified Speakers aid communications in noisy environments

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-Star RF Crimp Tool suitable for both RG174 & RG58 Connectors

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Co-Star’s latest RF crimp tool part no: HT.336G is suitable for crimping both RG174 & RG58 coaxial connectors.

This is a vital piece of kit for mobile communication  engineers who install antennas and need to make up coaxial extension cables as it crimps both RG174 and RG58 coaxial connectors and is particularly useful for FAKRA RG58 and SMA RG58 as a standard RG 58 crimp tool won’t crimp the centre pin which means you need to use two tools to crimp one connector,  the Co-star HT.336G crimps both the centre pin and the barrel, two tools in one !

The unique ratchet mechanism of the HT.336G guarantees a consistent professional crimp every time as it won’t release until the correct amount of pressure has been applied to secure the pin & barrel. The ergonomic design of the handle allows engineers to carry out multiple installations with ease.

Tim Cosgrove of  Co-Star commented;

”  Engineers who install  TETRA and Telematics equipment on site love the versatility of the HT.336G as it allows them to quickly complete installations using just one tool. It’s particularly useful for  standard and reverse polarity SMA and FAKRA connectors as it crimps both the pin and barrel “.

  • Crimps both RG58 & RG174 connectors
  • 2 tools in 1
  • Useful when crimping RG58 SMA & Fakra connectors as only 1 tool needed
  • Ratchet mechanism ensures a consistent professional crimp every time

Part No: HT.336G:

 http://www.co-star.co.uk/prod/3378/rg58174-coaxial-connector-ratchet-crimping-tool.html

 

 

Rohill announces pilot installation of LTEtraNode system

Rohill, specialized in the development, production and sales of professional mobile communication infrastructures today announced two pilot installations of its LTEtraNode system (a LTE/TETRA solution). To demonstrate their innovative communications solutions to international users Rohill has teamed up with two telecommunication operator companies. The pilots will be based upon public LTE to be integrated with TETRA networks and serve the mutual needs of mission critical and broadband of the blue light user groups. One pilot will be hosted in Europe where the other one will be located outside. Further details will be communicated in separate announcements.

As one of the leading providers of critical communication Rohill has successfully integrated TETRA with LTE from Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent and is working on integration with two further LTE platform suppliers. Besides integration with public LTE, Rohill is also working on private LTE solutions subject to availability of frequency spectrum and commits itself to support all leading LTE equipment providers.

“After the Critical Communication World exhibition in Paris this year we have received a very positive feedback and many inquiries for our innovative LTEtraNode solution. Rohill has been leading this industry and two years ago on Budapest Critical Communication World we have introduced LTE integration and have maintained our technology leading position in the mission critical wireless industry since then. Rohill sees heterogeneous network solutions as the future for country wide mission critical communication networks. For this Rohill fully supports open network and modern IP switching technology on carrier grade platforms. The strong advantage for the user is an integrated solution for voice and data according the TETRA feature set with support of broadband data applications. We are excited to make the next step now and work on two pilot installations in 2013 to integrate our solutions with private and public operator-based LTE networks” says Bert Bouwers, CTO of Rohill.

The LTE/TETRA solution enables the mission critical end user to access the same data capacity and capabilities that already have been successfully introduced for public networks. This together with equipment that meets the mission critical requirements in relation to the availability, reliability and encryption makes it an interesting solution for customers. The LTEtraNode solution and future developments will not only aim for the public safety market but for the whole enterprise market like transportation, utilities, oil & gas and industry.

TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) communication standard is widely used and deployed for mission and business critical voice communications. TETRA provides significant advantages compared to other radio systems, such as the voice quality, the communication features (trunking, priority/preemption, encryption, recording, etc.) and its interoperability capabilities. Private Mobile Radio (PMR) network users increasingly would like to utilize critical communications-specific broadband applications to improve quality of response and to improve efficiency.

LTE (Long Term Evolution), also known as 4G offers much higher uplink and downlink data rates lower latency (allowing a call setup time which is better than what can be achieved by the TETRA standard) and high-speed mobility compared to other access technologies. These features make the technology suitable for building the next-generation mission critical communications networks and applications. The networks are capable of delivering high-bandwidth and demanding applications such as video-based situational awareness, monitoring and interventional applications.

Source: Rohill

 

TCCA Joins 3GPP For Critical Work

LTE is set to offer increased interoperability between critical communications systems and ubiquitous networks based on 3GPP specifications, without compromising on the highest standards necessary for the secure operation of mission critical voice and data services.

Several new features are being worked on in 3GPP, which has led to a high degree of participation from public safety groups and now sees the TETRA and Critical Communications Association (TCCA) being approved as the latest Market Representation Partner in 3GPP.

At the detailed level, the TCCA’s Critical Communications Broadband Group will work closely with 3GPP, on Spectrum, Architecture, User requirements and on strategic case studies.

The TCCA has set out a plan for its members service evolution, for data and voice for LTE, with four sequential steps identified:

  1. Upgrade existing Mission Critical V+D services until LTE readiness & maturity
  2. Uptake of Non Mission Critical data with commercial LTE
  3. Build Mission Critical Data LTE networks
  4. Migrate Mission Critical Voice

In his proposal to 3GPP, Phil Kidner, the TCCA Chief Executive promised that “The Association will bring a European and global input to 3GPP for critical communications”.

The formal signing of the 3GPP Partnership Agreement will take place at the next meeting of the Partners, in Fukuoka, Japan on the 30th October.

Source: 3GPP