EADS to provide Bulgarian fire brigades and civil protection services

EADS Defence & Security to provide Bulgarian fire brigades and civil protection services with a TETRA network

– Solution for seamless, secure radio communications and for precise positioning of units on the field
– Reliable system helps protect the population

26 January 2009– EADS Secure Networks (SN), an integrated activity of EADS Defence & Security, has been awarded by the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance a contract to deliver a TETRA radio communication solution to the National Fire Safety and Protection of Population Service (NFSPPS).

The NFSPPS is a special service at the Bulgarian Ministry of the Interior. It is responsible for state fire control, fire fighting and emergency rescue operations.

The TETRA solution delivered by SN will provide advanced voice and data services for NFSPPS personnel. In particular, the Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system will enable NFSPPS to further improve their operational efficiency and their services to the Bulgarian citizens.

The network is planned to become fully operational by the end of 2009.

The new advanced AVL system allows the control centre to track the positions of the units on the field. It will both equip each of the 28 territorial units from the National Civil Protection Service and be deployed as a centralised AVL system in Sofia.

“The main goal for us in this is to make a difference for the future. Our solution helps to mount a faster, more co-ordinated response to an emergency. This can help the Bulgarian emergency services in their demanding tasks to protect the citizens” said Hans Holmberg, SN Sales Vice President.

Bulgarian institutional capacity-building comes to a new stage with this development and the corresponding investment on the national security infrastructure is key for reaching the European Union standards.

EADS Secure Networks is a world leading provider of Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) and an integrated activity of EADS Defence & Security (DS). DS is a systems solutions provider for armed forces and civil security worldwide. Its portfolio ranges from sensors and secure networks through
missiles to aircraft and UAVs as well as global security, service and support solutions. In 2007, DS – with around 22,000 employees – achieved revenues of 5.5 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2007, EADS generated revenues of 39.1 billion and employed a workforce of about 116,000.

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