Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, today announced its TETRA radio solutions are available to corporate customers in the U.S. and Canada—initially within utility, transportation and industrial markets.
Already a leading provider of P25 radio networks for public safety, Cassidian Communications said it was continuing its commitment to non-proprietary solutions with the introduction of its open, standards-compliant TETRA network infrastructure and radios for corporate customers in the U.S. and Canada.
Utility, transportation and industrial companies require and depend upon the operational efficiencies delivered by private Land Mobile Radio (LMR) every day – especially when facing potential threats like bad weather, accidents and equipment failures.
Cassidian Communications believes its TETRA solutions provide excellent voice quality and efficient data services (i.e. supervisory control and data acquisition applications), ensuring vital messages get through whenever and wherever they are needed.
‘Having deployed numerous nationwide land mobile radio networks, we have the experience and expertise to undertake any project regardless of size or complexity,’ said Francois Begaud, chief operating officer of Cassidian Communications’ LMR/LTE business unit. ‘With its ability to seamlessly combine voice and data communications, our TETRA solutions provide users with the flexibility to use whichever medium is most appropriate to the situation and the information they need to share.’
The move into the US with TETRA follows the decision in September 2012 by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue a permanent change to its Part 90 rules to permit the unrestricted use of Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) technology for critical communications in the 450-470 MHz and 809-824/854-869 MHz bands.
The permanent change followed on from the temporary waiver issued by the FCC in 2011. The waiver opened up the US market for products conforming to the TETRA voice and data communications standard for the first time. Companies such as Sepura and Teltronic (PowerTrunk in the US) have already begun marketing TETRA systems in North America.