18th February 2008
The fire service in St Petersburg has followed the city’s ambulance service by choosing Sepura TETRA radios for its mission critical communications.
This contract strengthens Sepura’s position as market leader in Russia, where its radios are widely used by public safety users, as well as transport and utility organisations.
Kenneth Hubner, Sepura’s Regional Director for North and Central Europe, said: “It is a first-class testament for our products that both Fire and Ambulance in one of Russia’s and Europe’s largest cities have chosen Sepura.”
St Petersburg has a population of six million and is renowned as ‘The Venice of the North’ with many architectural treasures which the fire service has to protect.
A TETRA service was needed to increase operational efficiency, by providing instant and reliable communication, to assist the rapid response and handling of emergencies. The Fire Service had witnessed Sepura radios in use in the city’s ambulance service, and was impressed by their robustness, sound clarity and functionality.
Astracom, Sepura’s distributor in this region of Russia, will be supplying Sepura SRH3800 sGPS™ Hand-held and SRM3500 Mobile and SRG3500 Gateway vehicle radios, operating on the RadioTel network. The radios will also allow multi-agency communications with the ambulance service and other TETRA users.
Anton Vladimirovich Dorozhenko, TETRA Projects Manager of Astracom, said: “The Sepura equipment and the TETRA service will significantly improve the performance of the fire service, so they can respond more quickly and efficiently in their effort to save lives and protect the city’s historic buildings.”
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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.