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Spectrum saves lives: high speed data for the police and emergency services
This document was an input from the TCCA to a European Operators meeting which was held on the 16th and 17th November 2011.
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Mobile Broadband for the Mission Critical environment
This document which looks at mobile broadband for the Mission Critical environment from the TETRA perspective was first published by the TETRA Association Board in February 2011. An updated version was re-issued by the TCCA Board in January 2012.
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Spectrum requirements
This document is an extract kindly provided by Secure Europe first published in their June 2011 edition where Vice Chairman Hans Borgonjen is quoted on the spectrum requirements for mission critical broadband data in Europe.
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TETRA and the Inter System Interface (ISI)
This paper first published in August and updated in November 2010 by the TETRA Association Board gives the current status of the ISI.
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Public Safety network considerations
The TETRA Association has published a paper in June 2008 that looks at the considerations when planning a Public Safety wireless communications network.
PS network considerations

Survey at TWC 2008
The TETRA Association Marketing Group conducted an interactive survey of conference delegates at TWC 2008. This survey does not claim to be scientific but is offered for your interest.
Survey results 

TETRA Interoperability and Certification explained was published on behalf of the TETRA Assocaition Board in January 2008. It explains the background to the development of the TETRA interoperability process, its benefits to users and manufacturers, makes some recommendations for users and potential users of TETRA systems and includes a set of frequently asked questions.

TEDS workshop report
Attached is the report of the TEDS workshop held in Bonn, Germany on the 27th-28th March 2007. The TIP Working Group has started work on TEDS interoperability profile and this report does not necessarily reflect the final content of each phase. REPORT

The growth of European Public Safety networks
The three maps attached show the growth of TETRA Public Safety networks across Europe in 2005, 2006 and up to and including Q1 2007. 2005 2006 2007

TETRA and Intellectual Prpoerty Rights is a white paper intended for those Members unfamiliar with IPR and how it applies to TETRA. It was updated and published in May 2007 on behalf of the TETRA Association Board by Roger Dowling. It is available in the Members’ Area.

Overview of Standard TETRA Cryptographic Algorithms and their rules for management and distribution
This document prepared by the TETRA MoU Security and Fraud Prevention Group provides an overview of the TETRA standard cryptographic algorithms for air interface encryption. It describes their Rules for management and describes how the algorithms may be obtained. It also describes the applicability of export control regulations and distribution restrictions to standard air interface algorithms and equipment containing these algorithms, and the application of such regulations to other TETRA security features such as authentication and end-to-end encryption. TETRA MoU SFPG Secretariat Marjan Bolle

TETRA serving Public Safety in Europe
This map of Europe summarises the areas in which TETRA has been deployed or contracted for Public Safety use and is based upon inputs from Members of the TETRA Association. Additional information is always welcome at Latest map

TETRA or GSM-ASCI network for Public Safety – Let the users decide
This white paper has been produced by the TETRA MoU Association in response to a need from the Public Safety and Security radio users community who want to understand whether the proposed enhancements to GSM cellular technology could prove viable radio communications systems for PSS operations.
TETRAvsGSMASCIpaperv2 pdf

PMR or Push-to-Talk over Cellular
This paper produced by the TETRA MoU Association makes a general level comparison between the technological possibilities of Push-To-Talk in the cellular network environment and the known needs of Professional Mobile Radio users – a segment whose needs are today served by Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA).

The International Situation in Public Safety
This document provides an overview of the current (March 2004) status of various Public Safety Projects in Europe
EuroEmgcySvceOverview pdf
More detailed information is available only to members of the MoU in the TETRA MoU Members Area, General Room

Public or Private Networks for Public Safety?
With public safety agencies routinely using public operators for normal office based communications it is quite natural that they should consider the cellular networks as a potential solution for providing communications to mobile personnel. Many public safety organisations have been through this process when embarking on a project to upgrade their mission critical communications, particularly with the variety of digital technologies now available. Public procurement procedures, particularly within Europe, require that all available options be given fair consideration.

The latest report comes from Italy, where the government’s technical body (RUPA) has considered the different technologies that are available and how well each of these is suited to the needs of public administrations. Documents are available in Italian, German and English.
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Over the last 12 months both Norway and Sweden have been through a similar process and reports covering these projects are also published here, see TETRA versus GSM for Public Safety below.

Reproduced by kind permission of the RadioResource International magazine
Digital Systems to the Rescue by Peter Clemons
The decision to develop digital solutions for European public safety radio networks was made more than a decade ago. Led by Motorola and Nokia, a number of suppliers championed the ETSI-supported TETRA technology, which was chosen by the British, Finnish, Belgian, and Dutch governments. France’s EADS Telecom (formerly Matra) rejected the TDMA solution in favor of its FDMA-based Tetrapol technology. First to market, the technology won contracts in France, Spain, Switzerland, and Eastern Europe. When ETSI decided in 1999 that it could only support one digital mobile radio standard, TETRA became the clear favorite to secure the remaining major public safety tenders. By late 2003, Germany, Norway, and Sweden were still undecided over which solution to choose.
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 Clemons pdf

A recent Thesis from Helsinki University of Technology is entitled:
The usage of mainstream technologies for public safety and security networks
The two ETSI-standardized technologies TETRA and GSM with ASCI functionalities have been compared using an analytic hierarchical process consisting of a technical and an economic comparison. The study focuses on the functionality of group calls, which is one of the most important requirements for public safety and security (PSS) networks. The technical analysis is based on the air interface specifications and points out whether certain functionalities are supported or not
Please note that a Corrigendum was issued on 25 March 2004 leadings to a revised which is now available as R1

UK R1 version Technology for Public Safety pdf
German R1 version Technology for Public Safety pdf

In a recent edition of TETRA News we featured an edited version of an interview with Duncan Swan of Mason Communications. Below is the full interview.
How vulnerable is your network?
TETRA News interviews Duncan Swan of Mason Communications, the author of the report ‘Analysis into the ability of Public Mobile Communications to support mission-critical events for the Emergency Services.
Read more: DSInvwR2 pdf

Analysis in the ability of Public Communications to support Mission Critical Emergency Service use
This paper, commissioned by the TETRA MoU, analyses the ability of public mobile networks to support mission critical events for the Emergency Services.

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Associate Professor of Public Policy, The John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in the US studied the issue of Interoperability of Emergency Communications. The resulting paper is below.
Emergency Communications: The Quest for Interoperability in the United States and Europe

Late in the morning of April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, two sixteen-year-old students, entered Columbine High School and started a shooting spree that would leave fifteen people dead, including Harris and Klebold, and dozens of others wounded…
…Yet as it turned out, the biggest challenge on that Tuesday afternoon was not battling the two attackers. They had already killed themselves when the first law enforcement team entered the school. The biggest challenge was coordinating heavily armed and ready-to-fire police forces from half a dozen sheriff’s offices and twenty area police departments, forty-six ambulances, and two helicopters from twelve fire and EMS agencies, as well as personnel from a number of state and federal agencies.
Read more: IOPforPSSEurope&US pdf

TETRA versus GSM for Public Safety
This document summarises some of the current information relating to the debate regarding the suitability of different technologies for radio communications use in Public Safety
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