Sepura has been selected by the Norwegian police to supply the first tranche of TETRA radios as part of a nationwide project to renew the radio communications system.
The Nødnett (‘emergency network’) contract, which covers the first two phases of the project, was awarded to VHF Communication AS, Sepura’s long-standing partner in Norway.
In August 2012, the Norwegian Directorate for Public Safety Radio Emergency Communication (DNK) signed agreements with three suppliers of radio terminals for use on its network. These agreements entitled the suppliers to tender for the successive phases of the nationwide roll-out.
VHF won the police tender for the first three phases of the Nødnett rollout (including the greater Oslo area) and will be the sole supplier of radio terminals for Phases 1 and 2. These phases include Sepura’s recently-launched STP9000 hand-portable radios (pictured), as well the SRG3900 mobile radio, which will be installed in cars, boats and motorbikes in a variety of configurations. The radios will be used by selected police districts and were chosen because of their robustness, usability and high quality.
Commenting on the deal, Lars-Magnus Gustafsson, Sepura’s business development manager for Scandinavia commented: ‘This is an important step for Sepura. We are already market leaders in Sweden and Denmark, so it is not surprising that the quality, reliability and excellent feature-set that Sepura’s radios offer appealed to the Norwegian police. Our partners in both these markets are part of the same group of companies, VHF Gruppen, and VHF Communication, and they are highly experienced in both public safety communications issues, as well as being highly knowledgeable on Sepura solutions.’
He continued: ‘The STP9000, with its choice of user interfaces, IP67 environmental protection rating and outstanding audio clarity, is already proving popular around the world and I am particularly pleased that the Norwegian police have recognised its benefits and have selected it for this project.’