Public Safety sector shows trust in Sepura with significant ASTRID contract
ASTRID, the government-owned company responsible for Belgium’s public safety TETRA network, has awarded Sepura significant contracts together worth approximately two million Euros.
The award consists of a five-year support and maintenance agreement for ASTRID’s existing Sepura applications, as well as a contract to develop an innovative extension to the location services component which will, from 2017, be able to track both TETRA and 3/4G devices running on ASTRID’s Blue Light Mobile (BLM) high-speed data service.
The second generation of BLM will be launched in 2017 and will provide single-SIM-card access to all of Belgium’s commercial 4G network operators, offering priority and pre-emption for voice and data within a secure environment for the end user – laying the foundations for the convergence of traditional PMR usage and the data-rich capacity of LTE.
Rod Stafford, Sepura’s Director of Applications said:
“Extending our existing location services to track 3/4G devices, and by extension, BLM-enabled devices, is simply a first step.”
“We anticipate further innovations, enabling applications to be accessed from both TETRA and commercial LTE networks and, indeed, devices which can operate seamlessly across the two technologies.”
David Barrass, Sepura’s Interim CEO added:
“These contracts are a strong sign of the public safety sector’s continued faith in Sepura and our continued capability to deliver innovation and excellence in critical communications.”
The Sepura Group is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of digital radio products, systems and applications developed specifically for business and mission critical communications.
Founded in the UK in 2002, Sepura expanded rapidly across the world with a network of regional partners selling and providing local support for its products, and quickly achieved the status of market leader in over 30 countries.
In April 2015 Sepura was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category. This award, universally recognised as the UK’s highest accolade for business success, celebrates Sepura’s consistent achievements and the growth of its international business.