The French Ministry of the Interior has commissioned Cassidian to migrate Corsica’s INPT (Infrastructure Nationale Partageable des Transmissions) network to the Internet Protocol (IP).
Corsica was one of the first regions in which the national INPT network was installed. Known as Acropol at the time, the network was deployed there in 2002. It comprises 21 radio stations distributed between two basic networks, one to cover Upper Corsica and one for South Corsica. It is currently used by the police and will soon also serve the fire brigade.
The new equipment will be installed after the summer, with operational deployment scheduled for the beginning of 2013. The Cassidian team is taking special care to ensure that ongoing operations will not be disrupted during the changeover.
This IP migration of Corsica’s INPT network will give the teams of the French interior ministry’s information and communication systems department a good understanding of the technical, operational and organisational aspects involved in migrating and managing a Tetrapol IP network, thus benefitting similar potential developments in mainland France.
By placing IP technology at the heart of its strategy, Cassidian is able to offer its customers more flexible system architectures, better-controlled maintenance costs and a door to the technologies of the future, particularly in the field of high-speed data transmission.
The INPT network migration is part of the ministry’s plan to pragmatically envisage the future of its networks from an operational, financial and technological point of view.
As part of this same plan, field trials with Cassidian’s latest high-speed network solutions based on 4G LTE technology are scheduled to take place with the interior ministry in late 2012.