24 Janaury 2008
Cambridgeshire Constabulary in the UK has renewed its contract with Sepura for the supply of TETRA digital radios.
Among the first to migrate from analogue to TETRA in 2003, Cambridgeshire joins the growing list of UK police forces that are in the process of upgrading their fleets of Sepura radios, to meet new and increasing strategic demands. The contract is for nearly 2000 units, comprising SRH3800 sGPS™ hand-held and SRG3500 vehicle Gateway radios.
Cambridgeshire’s new radios all have GPS, which will deliver enhance officer safety and improve operational efficiency.
Insp James Trotter, Airwave Technical Manager for Cambridgeshire, said: “Renewing our fleet of Sepura radios with the introduction of GPS is a huge step forward for us. It enables the roll out of APLS (automatic person location) system, for all radio users. The health and safety of our staff is paramount, so that when an emergency button is pressed, an officer’s precise location can be instantly pinpointed, to allow the deployment of rapid support.”
“GPS will also improve operational performance, by immediately identifying the most appropriate resource to respond swiftly to an individual incident.”
“Over the last five years Sepura radios have met our needs, both in terms of the performance of the products and customer support. During this time we’ve also had a first-class working relationship which we’re very happy to continue” he added.
In addition to gaining the benefit of GPS, the new vehicle-based radios incorporate a Gateway functionality. This means that communications for all hand-held radios can be maintained when they are beyond the reach of network coverage, but are within range of vehicle coverage.
David Taylor, Sepura’s UK Sales Director, added: “I am delighted with this new order from one of our oldest customers. It is a reflection of our product quality, product innovation and the market-leading customer support that we provide.”
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Sepura is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of TETRA digital radios, used predominantly by the emergency services around the world and in the transport, utilities and local government sectors. It is the market leader in more than 20 countries.
The TETRA standard was developed mainly for public safety professionals. It facilitates reliable radio communication at all times and offers secure voice and data transmissions – free from the possibility of eavesdropping.
Founded in the UK in 2002, Sepura has rapidly expanded across the world with a network of 70+ regional partners that sell and support locally its market-leading products in over 90 countries.
It joined the main list of the London Stock Exchange in August 2007 and in the year ended March 2007, generated revenues of 52m and EBITDA of 13.6m (pre IPO costs). Sepura is also a member of the FTSE techMARK All-Share index.
Sepura’s development expertise is focused entirely on TETRA radio terminals, and the company offers the broadest range of TETRA products available. It is often first to market with innovative products and features and is a market leader in the supply of surveillance and other specialist TETRA radios and accessories.
TETRA is the acronym for TErrestrial Trunked RAdio, a world-wide standard for digital private mobile radios developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). TETRA has the advantage of being spectrum efficient whilst also offering the end user improved voice quality, secure encrypted communication and comprehensive data capabilities.