Sepura’s first contract in Bulgaria at Sofia Airport
Sepura has recently won its first contract in Bulgaria for TETRA digital radios for Sofia Airport.
This emphasises Sepura’s growth in Eastern Europe, alongside other orders in the past year in Hungary and the Czech Republic. It also consolidates Sepura’s position in security and management at airports around the world, including Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Paris and Madrid airports.
The growing popularity of Bulgaria as a commercial and tourist destination led to the expansion of the airport, which includes new passenger and cargo terminals and improvements to runways, taxiways, car parking and access roads. Its capacity will eventually rise to five million passengers a year and handling 2500 passengers an hour at peak times.
This substantial expansion of Sofia Airport required communications and security to be upgraded by replacing the old analogue system with TETRA, in a contract secured by Sepura’s partners Rohill Technologies and Comtek 2000.
Sepura’s outstanding track record in airports led to the choice of Sepura SRH3500 hand-held and SRM3500 in-vehicle radios to provide secure voice and data communications.
The radios operate in defined Talk Groups to undertake all tasks clearly and instantly. For instance, security and baggage, or all those handling a specific plane can each have their own Talk Group.
Data, vibration and hands-free functions on the radios enable instant communications for those on the move or wearing ear protection. These factors are vital as airports face heightened security alerts, growth in passenger numbers and faster turn-round of aircraft.
Kenneth Hubner, Regional Sales Director for Sepura, said: “The success of a contract such as this needed an effective TETRA network, distributors of the quality of Rohill and Comtek 2000 – and radios that are proven around the world to increase airport efficiency.”
Nicola Morrison, Marketing Coordinator of Rohill Technologies, said: “After a thorough analysis of current and future needs, TETRA was considered the technology to follow. Through our distributor company Comtek 2000, the TetraNode infrastructure system met the essential requirements in a mission critical environment.”
She added: “Sepura’s then provided the solution for radios that answered all the needs of the airport staff and are compatible to the network structure.”
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Sepura plc 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 – free from the possibility of eavesdropping.
Founded in the UK in 2002, Sepura has rapidly expanded across the world with a network of 60+ regional partners that sell and support locally its market-leading products in over 80 countries.
It joined the main list of the London Stock Exchange in August 2007 and in the year ending March 2007, generated revenues of 52m and EBITDA of 12m.
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 the world 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.