A pilot project in the US to demonstrate the features and functionality of TETRA technology has begun in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The demonstration, which is being carried out under auspices of the TETRA Association, will be open and accessible to potential PMR users in the US, and is designed to showcase vendor interoperability and the power of TETRA-enabled applications.
The project involves a close collaboration between Sepura, the TETRA radio supplier, Rohde & Schwarz Professional Mobile Radio, a subsidiary of Rohde & Schwarz and a TETRA infrastructure provider, and Nielson Communications, an American mobile communication specialist organisation.
The TETRA system will comprise three IP-connected base stations and more than 30 Sepura TETRA radios. Prospective customers will be able to attend seminars on the technology and its benefits throughout the six months of the demonstration, which went live on 19 January 2011.
Phil Kidner, the TETRA Association’s CEO, said: ‘We are delighted that this TETRA trial in the US will enable potential users to experience and evaluate the technology.
As the worldwide industry representative for TETRA, we are committed to bringing the benefits of TETRA communications to the widest possible user base.’
Rick Nielson, president of Nielson Communications, said: ‘TETRA is a proven, open standard, quality-driven, advanced digital radio technology which exceeds the US narrow banding requirements (6.25kHz equivalent) and embodies the FCC’s goals for increased spectrum efficiency. We are excited to be able to show TETRA’s capabilities to our local, regional and national clients.’
Steve Nielson, VP of Nielson Communications, added: ‘TETRA will have a significant impact
on the PMR industry in the US by providing a digital solution to the thousands of current analogue radio users, offering features and applications not currently available in the US at cost-effective pricing.’
Dr. Georg Haubs, MD for Rohde & Schwarz Professional Mobile Radio, added: ‘Mobile communications systems have to be designed around customers’ needs. Our TETRA products feature superior flexibility allowing easy adaptation to these needs.’
Jens Thostrup, SVP of sales and marketing for Sepura, said: ‘We are proud and privileged to be involved in this high profile project and look forward to demonstrating to the US market the multiple advantages of TETRA and the benefits of our radio products.’
Sepura is due to host an official launch for the demonstration project with its US partner White Hawk Associates.