DAMM Cellular System has, in co-operation with the Italian company GEG Telecomunicazioni, been chosen to supply the TETRA communication infrastructure covering the entire Province of Lombardy. The network for use by the region’s public safety services will include more than 100 base stations and a total of more than 60 command and control centers.
The Region of Lombardy is one of the most popular areas in Italy and includes the highest number of provinces requiring mission critical communications support. It is also one of the most densely populated areas in Italy with a population of more than 1.3 million in the city of Milan alone.
‘Based on many years of experience with the TetraFlex concept of DAMM we never doubted that we could tailor a perfect solution that offers more than specified by the customer. A real future proof solution has been designed and offered in a way that truly offers the best value for money when considering the entire lifecycle of the system,’ said Walter Gotti, President of GEG Telecomunicazioni.
The contracted solution utilizes the full openness of TetraFlex covering integration with legacy systems and interfacing with public telephone networks and customized control room equipment including dispatchers and recording solutions.
The customer is further guaranteed the most scalable TETRA network available today, according to DAMM. The TetraFlex programme offers base stations for both indoor and outdoor mounting and the unique fully distributed IP-architecture means both network capacity and coverage can be expanded in the most straight forward way in any environment.
DAMM pointed out the importance of providing a flexible and future proof system. It said that it is essential that the TetraFlex customer does not encounter any unpleasant surprises in terms of system limitations, which might, for instance, force an expensive change to another product programme as the network grows.
‘We have been very pleased with the co-operation for this project. Experiencing that another large organization within public safety appreciates and decides for the unique advantages of our TetraFlex programme is very encouraging. It clearly shows that a demand for a new and different approach has now also formed in the public safety market,’ said Per Skovsund, Director of Systems Business at DAMM.
DAMM said that TetraFlex’s ability to allow full interoperability between equipment from different vendors means customers are free to choose the equipment they want to use – a key-factor when contracting large mission critical communication systems today.
The network is currently being installed in Milan and will be supplied over the coming four month.