At the Critical Communications World 2013 (CCW 2013) show in Paris, Cassidian unveiled a number of new products including: an 800MHz version of its slimline TETRA radio, the TH1n; a new version of its Taqto all-IP device management system; and its new BVR700 broadband vehicular router.
THIn TETRA radio in 800MHz
The original model of the THIn was first unveiled in 2012 as the first in a new class of pocket-sized TETRA radios. This new variation will complement the 380-430MHz model of the TH1n and enlarge Cassidian’s TETRA terminal portfolio in the 800MHz radio frequency band, used in Asia and America.
Cassidian believes the TH1n (pictured) is ideal for many different users and that it has opened up the TETRA market to those in new sectors, such as social workers and health care personnel.
In particular, it addresses users who have the option of joining shared public safety networks, but who so far haven’t found a model to suit their needs better than a heavy-duty radio targeted at fire fighters. Equipped with appropriate accessories, TH1n is also suitable for covert use thanks to its thin, compact design.
The ability to access and share data in the field is becoming increasingly important, and the TH1n also delivers in this respect, enabling field operatives to perform data queries and send reports. They can take advantage of the Java platform, which enables many types of easy-to-use applications thanks to the possibility of tailor-made user interfaces.
Taqto 2 radio fleet manager
Cassidian also used CCW 2013 to release a new version of its smart terminal management solution, Taqto. This tool allows intuitive management and configuration of secure TETRA radio communication devices, such us radio terminals and TETRA SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) smart cards.
The new Taqto model enables device management over an IP network in which the central server is connected to multiple programming clients. Thanks to the implementation of such a central server workstation for device configuration, time and operating costs can be significantly reduced.
The device which needs to be configured can easily be selected and added to the tool by dragging and dropping. The programming of the devices themselves is carried out as closely as possible to the actual location of their usage and can be adapted to individual needs.
Taqto 2 improves the quality of device management by minimising the errors that may result from simple data entry mistakes. For this purpose, the tool offers real-time validation of the configuration, allowing eventual errors in the configuration of devices to be identified as early as possible. If they are discovered later on, configuration mistakes of this kind may exclude important stakeholders in the field from participating in an operation.
Taqto 2 helps users to manage talk groups, which allow direct communication in defined groups. Related group data can be managed with standard office tools like Microsoft Excel and then imported and exported to and from the Taqto tool. In addition, TETRA subscriber-related information such as ITSI (Individual TETRA Subscriber Identity) numbers and TETRA SIM smart cards can also be integrated into Taqto 2.
The migration of these two features simplifies operational management processes. The tool can also synchronise and verify ITSI information with the subscriber information in the TETRA infrastructure.
Finally, important and confidential communication, which takes place within the decentralised device management networks is fully secured by Taqto application-level security mechanisms. Thus, device management information is managed and distributed safely and confidentially, not only in the device management database but also between the server and the various Taqto clients.
BVR700 broadband vehicular router
Cassidian also presented its broadband vehicular router, BVR700, at CCW in Paris. BVR700 is a ruggedized vehicular router whose purpose is to provide wireless broadband data to various IT equipment deployed inside vehicles.
This latest generation terminal from Cassidian is specially designed to give demanding users resilience and security. It features an LTE 700/UMTS module that delivers fast, responsive broadband wireless communications to public safety first responders – ensuring anytime, anywhere access to mission-critical field applications.
A modular architecture makes the BVR700 even more versatile and allows for easy upgrades to additional networks operating in specific LTE bands by simply adding plug-ins, i.e. either standardised wireless mini modules (PCIe – Peripheral Component Interconnect express) or external modems.
The modular approach ensures that the BVR700 can be upgraded when new wireless technologies become available. Existing modems can be added via Ethernet or USB connections. The BVR700 allows a smooth evolution by implementing commercial 3G today while being ready for future LTEs.
The BVR700 automatically selects the best wireless connectivity from the available bearers, including 4G LTE and commercial bands, as well as Wi-Fi. The selection of the best available connectivity depends on the module configuration and the quality of service (QoS). This process is completely seamless for the user, since the bearer automatically handles the intelligent algorithms in the BVR700, which also ensures that bandwidth allocation is enhanced for maximum performance.
The BVR700’s shock, vibration, temperature and water specifications result in a modular and rugged design that meets public safety durability requirements, meaning that it can be installed in a wide variety of vehicles, including cars, trucks, tracked vehicles and motorcycles, according to Cassidian.
An integrated 2-port Gigabit Ethernet switch makes it possible for the BVR700 to host a number of different clients, including laptops and in-vehicle terminals, as well as portable and fixed high-definition video cameras. The BVR700’s WLAN access point creates a hotspot that extends coverage outside of the vehicle to portable Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
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