Cambridge, 25th November 2016 - Sepura radios have successfully participated in interoperability trials for the world's first cross-border TETRA communication system, linking RAKEL and Nødnett, Sweden and Norway's public safety networks. More than 350 first responders were involved in the trials, which took place in Meråker, close to the Swedish border, in a crisis response exercise involving public safety users from both countries. The cross-border system utilises TETRA Inter-System Interface (ISI) functionality to connect networks together, effectively allowing users to roam to another network. This allows first responders to use their radios in both countries - vital for smooth collaboration in emergency situations. The initiative to strengthen co-operation between national emergency services started in 2013 with the EU-funded Inter-System Interoperability project, designed to improve the ability to respond to natural disasters and security threats. The RAKEL and Nødnett networks are scheduled to be ready for bi-national operational use in early 2017. Sepura's STP9000 hand-portable radios and SRG3900 mobile radios were used by both Swedish and Norwegian emergency services during the exercise, although all Sepura radios - including the new flagship SC20 range - meet the technical requirements of the ISI system.
"This is one of the most advanced multinational radio communication projects in Europe," said Tariq Haque, Product Manager for Sepura. "After two years' development, bi-national interoperability has become a reality, bringing cross-border mission critical communications to Sweden and Norway. "We are extremely pleased to have played a part in this ground-breaking event."
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