The Spanish Police relied on Cassidian's secure radio communication technology to secure the XXII Ibero-American Summit in the Andalusian city of Cadiz in November 2012, which was attended by 15 heads of state and government and 1,200 delegates.
Over 2,800 members of the Spanish security forces were in action at the summit to guarantee the safety of the heads of state and government. Together they generated traffic that was seven times higher than normally in the busiest base station.
The Tetrapol Sirdee (Sistema de Radiocomunicaciones Digitales de Emergencia del Estado) network provided the communications services and allowed all users to communicate with confidence to protect VIPs, delegates and journalists.
Aside from providing the technology, Cassidian actively participated in the maintenance support for the Sirdee users: National Police, Guardia Civil, the Spanish Royal House and Prime Minister’s Offices, and together with Telefónica, provided joint continuous 24/7 emergency support.
The number of Sirdee network users more than doubled in the area, without any impact on network performance. Despite individual calls increasing by 195% on the busiest day, full availability of the service was maintained for all users. Group calls also increased by 60%.
Deployed since 2000, Cassidian’s Sirdee network comprises the Spanish national mobile voice and data communications network based on an infrastructure of Tetrapol digital security radio communications technology, supplied by Cassidian.
In addition to the Ministry of the Interior organisations consisting of the Guardia Civil and National Police, several other user organisations have joined Sirdee. Besides providing the technology, Cassidian carries out the maintenance support for Sirdee users and provides 24/7 emergency support, working with Telefónica.