Frankfurt’s Conference Centre hosts the 2005 TWC
The Forum Messe in Frankfurt, Germany became the global activity centre for TETRA at the end of November 2005. Four days packed with seminars, conference presentations, exhibition booths and the opportunity to network with TETRA users, manufacturers and service suppliers brought delegates from all over the world to see and hear the latest TETRA news for themselves. Phil Godfrey, the Association’s Chairman was “delighted with the number of first time attendees to this year’s TWC – a very good sign for business in 2006.”
Delegates had a full agenda of presentations and case studies to choose from: first hand insight into the benefits of TETRA from committed users in Public Safety, Transportation, Commercial, Government, Military and many other markets. Even more of a challenge on the visitor’s time was to navigate the largest TETRA exhibition ever held. Not only did it fill the main exhibition floor, several companies had private demonstration suites available as well to present their latest TETRA solutions to visitors. This year it was noticeable that the exhibition area was the hub of the TWC with hardly any ‘quiet times’ until the very last day.
Local support for TETRA
With Germany well on the way through their decision process for the nation’s next Public Safety communications solution, the location of this year’s TWC was very appropriate. Not only did Hamburg’s Police Chief, Gunter Krebs open the whole event, a dedicated stream in German was part of the first afternoon’s proceedings. Chief Krebs graphically illustrated in his presentation how technology had advanced in every area – typewriters replaced by computers, propeller aircraft replaced with high-speed passenger jets. He emphasised that he is looking forward to benefiting from similar technology advances with the new modern, digital communication solution for Germany’s Public Safety organisations.
Great news from the market for 2005
The announcement of the latest contract figures at TWC also showed how well the TETRA world had done in 2005. Contract growth was 27% and judging from the response of the industry representatives in the TWC exhibition, they were all very positive about the prospects for 2006. A more detailed review of TWC 2005 will be in the first edition of TETRA News, scheduled for publication at the start of February 2006.