EADS signs three major contracts for delivery of TETRA terminals

EADS signs three major contracts for delivery of TETRA terminals

  • EADS to deliver TETRA terminals to Belgian fire brigades and to the Irish Garda
  • Amsterdam police opt for TETRA in the biggest terminal contract in the Netherlands

Helsinki, 9 January 2006 – EADS has received three major contracts delivering its TETRA secure communications terminals to the Belgian fire brigades, to the Irish police, and to the Dutch police.

In Belgium, a special commission of the fire fighters selected TETRA THR880 and THR880i terminals by EADS after several tests. Within the scope of the countrywide authority network in Belgium, ASTRID, fire fighters will be equipped with the terminals of EADS, supplied by AEG Belgium, a distributor of TETRA terminals for EADS Secure Networks. AEG Belgium will also provide configuration, installation and maintenance services for the fire brigades.

The Irish police, An Garda Sochna, is running a local digital network in Dublin for its forces. The network has been in operational use since 2001 and continues to very successfully deliver highly secure communication services to the Dublin forces. After a public tender issued by the police, EADS Secure Networks was rewarded the contract for the delivery of additional hand portable TETRA radios through its local distributor Radius Communication. Users find the THR880 robust and user friendly.

In the Netherlands, Regio Politie Amsterdam-Amstelland (RPAA) has chosen THR880i radios from EADS for their use in the C2000 network. As a result of the biggest terminal contract in the Netherlands, signed between RPAA and EADS distributor Zenitel, each field officer will have a personal THR880i radio for their use. The Amsterdam-Amstelland police force comprises the municipalities of Aalsmeer, Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Diemen, Uithoorn and Ouder-Amstel. The RPAA opted for top-of-the-range terminals to provide maximum security for its officers. According to the RPAA, only the THR880i could provide the perfect combination of functionality and product quality. The deliveries took place at the end of 2005 and will last into 2006.

THR880i radio offers a solid upgrade path for new mobile applications and evolving security requirements, including end-to-end encryption. The terminals enable dispatchers to locate an officer at any time using a built-in GPS transceiver. THR880i radios have a unique two-sided design which allows flexibility in the way users operate, making the use of the product as easy as possible. The voice feedback feature guides users and confirms their selections, freeing hands and eyes to focus on the task at hand. The high-resolution colour display with clear display symbols make it easier to read and access information.

EADS Secure Networks is part of the Defence and Communications Systems Business Unit (DCS) and offers complete end-to-end solutions for organisations needing Professional Mobile Radio (PMR). It is the world’s leading supplier of digital PMR networks and terminals, with a unique capability to deliver multi-switch TETRA networks which provide all TETRA services seamlessly and uniformly countrywide.

DCS is the “Systems House” of EADS and an integrated part of the EADS Defence & Security Systems Division (DS). EADS Defence & Security Systems, with revenues of about 5.4 billion in 2004 and roughly 23,000 employees across ten nations, forms the defence and security pillar within EADS. It offers integrated systems solutions to the new challenges confronting armed forces and homeland security units. It is active in the areas of military aircraft, missile systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems with manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), battlefield management systems, defence electronics, sensors and avionics, and related services.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004, EADS generated revenues of 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of about 110,000.

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