The Highways Agency takes the Sepura route again.

The Highways Agency takes the Sepura route again.

The Highways Agency is the first UK customer to choose Sepura’s latest TETRA hand-portable, the STP8000. This significant contract was made possible by Sepura’s valued partner, the managed services provider SunGard Public Sector.

SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and IT services companies providing software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education and the public sector.

The Highways Agency is responsible for the management, maintenance and improvement of England’s motorways and major roads and its network consists of more than 7,100 km of roads. It carries approximately one-third of all road traffic in England and nearly two-thirds of all heavy freight traffic. Each year, more than 130 billion vehicle kilometres of journeys are undertaken on this network.

Sepura radios will be supplied to the Agency’s Traffic Officers and Incident Support Units (ISUs).

Traffic Officers are highly trained personnel who patrol motorways 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and work alongside the Police. A Traffic Officer’s chief objective is to keep traffic moving, whist ensuring that road travel is as safe and as reliable as possible. ISUs provide incident scenes with extra asset maintenance expertise and operate as a communication interface between an incident scene and the Highways Agency.

Sepura’s ground-breaking STP8000 is designed to withstand the most physically challenging conditions and offers the ruggedness and reliability that Highways Agency operatives need. Thanks to its unparalleled water and dust resistance and the largest colour screen in its class, the STP8000 is the ideal radio for regular use in all weather conditions. In addition, the hand-portable’s loud audio offers clear and reliable communications in the exceptionally noisy motorway environment.

A spokesperson from the Highways Agency commented: “When looking to upgrade our fleet of digital radios, we had no hesitation in selecting the STP8000. Since May 2005 Sepura has been helping the Highways Agency to deliver safe roads, reliable journeys and informed travellers. In addition, the common user interface across Sepura’s comprehensive range of terminals has provided great benefits in operational use.”

Richard Redgrave, Regional Sales Director for Sepura added “Our relationship with SunGard and the Highways Agency has gone from strength to strength since our first collaboration over four years ago. In addition, this contract win is very significant for us as the Highways Agency is the first national Airwave customer to adopt Sepura’s state-of-the-art STP8000 hand-portable”.

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