This year’s TETRA World Congress returns to Europe, having being held in Singapore last year, and will be at the Hungexpo Centre in Budapest, Hungary on 25-27 May 2011, with pre-conference seminars and masterclasses taking place on 24 May at the city’s Corinthia Hotel.
This year’s Congress, the 13th annual event, has the theme of ‘Critical Communications for an Evolving World’ and the agenda will focus on how TETRA is being developed and deployed to meet the needs of end users today and in the future.
The conference will see more than 150 speakers share their experiences both from a deployment and a development perspective.
The programme features case studies of TETRA being used to provide critical communications for professionals in public safety, defence, transport, utilities, oil and gas and other industries.
The conference will also explore what advances are being made to ensure that TETRA continues to offer the best end-to-end solution as users’ voice and data requirements evolve.
The TETRA World Congress opens on 25 May with a welcome address from Dr Zsolt Nyitrai, secretary of the national development ministry of the Hungarian government. That introduction is followed by a plenary session delivered by Peter Goulding, chief superintendent, directorate of information, London Metropolitan Police. Goulding’s presentation, entitled ‘Evolving Frontline Critical Communications: TETRA in Action from Protests to Celebrations’, will detail the challenges involved in meeting and managing the demands of day to day communications for London’s Metropolitan Police.
He will explore how to scale the TETRA network and resources to manage major events, including large scale demonstrations and celebrations, and then examine what the future holds for TETRA in terms of ensuring officers can access the voice and data applications they require.
There will then follow a session examining where TETRA is going. This will involve speeches from Tom Quirke, VP and general manager of the TETRA products and solutions organisation at Motorola Solutions, and Giovanni Guidotti, deputy CTO and technology and product planning VP at SELEX Communications. Those speeches will be followed by a panel session discussing how to cut costs while maximising network efficiency. Participants will include: Richard Bobbett, CEO of Airwave; Marc de Buyser, director-general of ASTRID; Béla Kozma, CEO of Pro-M; Stefan Kvarneras, CEO of RAKEL and Ralf Krost, CEO of BDBOS.
A second panel session, this time described as a brainstorm addressing large-scale event security, follows. Panelists include: Jolly Wong, chief telecom engineer, information systems wing, Hong Kong Police; Marc Schneider-Enskat, director of rental department at Riedel; Per-Ove Povén, chief inspector of Stockholm County Police; Major Cajuiero, projects manager and SIAD manager of the state security secretariat of Rio de Janiero and Peter Goulding.
The session concludes with a presentation from Kozma on his work evaluating user feedback to constantly develop and improve the Hungarian TETRA network.
The afternoon features three seminar streams. Stream A addresses public safety, Stream B addresses transport and Stream C features interactive discussion sessions on end user terminal requirements, large event and incident planning, deploying TETRA at sporting events and an exploration of the TETRA deployment at the 2004 Olympic Games.
The second day of the Congress will begin with opening remarks from Phil Godfrey, chairman of the TETRA Association. Godfrey’s address will be followed by a presentation from Eric Davalo, CTO of Cassidian. Davalo will explore how to meet operational needs for an end-to-end solution
using TETRA and LTE or WiMAX.
Undersheriff Richard Lucia of the San Francisco Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Approval Authority will follow with a presentation on how to deploy a public safety mobile broadband system using LTE in the US. Provocatively titled ‘How can Europe Catch Up?’, Lucia’s presentation will review the system implementation process and argue the case for allocating further radio frequency for public safety usage.
Lucia’s presentation is followed by one from Analysys Mason partner Duncan Swan, who asks if there will ever be a better solution for mission critical communications than TETRA. He will look at the evolution of TETRA and the lessons learnt to date, examining whether when it comes to refreshing the early adopters of TETRA, the technology is their only choice. He will also ask how TETRA will evolve and yet retain its best features.
In the afternoon, there will also be three streams. Stream A will focus on application and software development, Stream B will look at TETRA for energy and industry and Stream C will feature interactive discussions on business continuity planning, effective use of TETRA in crisis situations and evaluation of requirements for network renewals. In addition, there will a Hungarian language stream.
In the evening, delegates are invited to attend the TETRA World Congress 2011 Gala Evening, which will be held on the ‘Europe Boat’ for a cruise on the River Danube.
Pre-conference seminars and masterclasses
There will be several streams and options available for attendees. These range from a full day ‘Introduction to TETRA’ seminar to morning and afternoon seminars and masterclasses on a range of topics. The ‘Introduction to TETRA’ seminar is intended as an introduction for those new to TETRA and also as a brief update for those who want to catch up with the current status and future development of the technology. The session will focus on the benefits of voice and data applications that TETRA systems can and do provide. Other sessions include seminars covering TETRA network development, planning in-building coverage and application development, forums on transport and security and a masterclass on developing effective control room communications.
The TETRA World Congress exhibition will demonstrate the latest solutions and products and include new applications. With more than 100 companies attending, visitors will be able to view the latest terminals, network infrastructure, applications and solutions. There will be live product and interactive application demonstrations, new product launches and TETRA TV featuring interviews with leading TETRA industry figures.