EADS radio communications solution supports Asian Games in Qatar
Asian Games implement overall approach to security
TETRA network provided by EADS and Atlas Telecommunications
Major expansion to nationwide coverage planned
Elancourt, 20 March 2007 – The Qatari Ministry of Interior has selected the TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio)solution by EADS for its Qatar Secure TETRA Radio System, QSTRS. The system was first used extensively to secure communications during the 15th Asian Games in December 2006. On behalf of the State of Qatar, the Doha Asian Games Organising Committee, DAGOC, signed the contract for the system with Atlas Telecommunications, EADS’ value-added re-seller in the area.
The EADS TETRA network provided secure infrastructure for the operations of the Games Security Task Force during the 15th Asian Games. Not only did the system provide coverage and capacity, but it also matched the event’s stringent security requirements. The system provided radio users with security from eavesdropping, a huge improvement on events where security organizations still may use analog open channels without encryption.
Training of the first-time users to TETRA was efficiently organised by the Ministry of Interior. In addition, the simple and intuitive-to-use EADS terminals made it possible to accomplish training for several thousand users within record time.
“We wanted the Asian Games in December 2006 to implement a comprehensive approach to security”, declared Colonel Ali Salem Al-Hinzab, Director of Telecoms & Operation Department, Ministry of Interior of Qatar. “We needed a secure system for the Doha area during the Games, but also required a system that can flexibly be expanded later to serve the whole State of Qatar. The EADS system matched our goals very well”.
During the Games, the system showed a strong performance and thus proved a winner at one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
“We are proud that Qatar has preferred our solution”, said Jean Marc Nasr, President of EADSs Secure Networks unit. “Our customer has also had the benefit from Atlas Telecommunications and our own long-standing experience in bringing secure radio communication systems into operation”.
EADSs Secure Networks unit, along with Atlas Telecommunications, provided its complete TETRA solution, including switches, so-called “TB3” base stations, dispatcher workstations and a significant number of terminals. The contract also included roll-out services and comprehensive training for the personnel to enable them to manage, operate and maintain the system. Equipment deliveries started in April 2006, and the first call was made already in the beginning of May.
EADSs Secure Networks unit is a world leading provider of Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) that enables professional organizations to communicate together effectively, reliably, and securely. EADS is the only company in the world that can offer specialized PMR solutions based on TETRA, TETRAPOL, and P25 technologies. EADS has already delivered 150 mission-critical PMR networks, more than 30 of which with nationwide coverage.
EADSs Secure Networks unit is part of Defence and Communications Systems (DCS), the “Systems House” of EADS, which is an integrated Business Unit of the EADS Defence & Security Division (DS). DS is a systems solutions provider combining military air systems, missile systems, communications and intelligence systems, global security solutions as well as sensor and avionics systems into a single effective network. In 2006, DS – with its around 23,000 employees – achieved revenues of 5.9 billion.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2006, EADS generated revenues of 39.4 billion and employs a workforce of about 116,800.
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