Motorola Solutions and KPN scoop TETRA network contract in the Netherlands

The 200-plus site TETRA network for operator Entropia Digital will provide voice and data services to transport, logistics, utilities, power generation, oil and gas, healthcare, seaports and other industries

Motorola Solutions and KPN scoop TETRA network contract in the Netherlands

Motorola Solutions, together with KPN Critical Communications, have won a 10-year contract to supply, build and maintain a 200+ site Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) digital radio network for Entropia Digital in the Netherlands.

Entropia Digital, a Belgian/Dutch TETRA network operator, intends to offer a subscription-based digital radio voice and data communications service for commercial users, such as transport and logistics, utilities and power generation, oil and gas, healthcare and seaport as well as other industries. The network will be deployed by the end of December 2014.

Motorola will offer a number of additional services through the 10- year maintenance contract including life cycle management, which guarantees the system is kept current and at the highest level of support and availability via regular hardware and software updates.

Philip Vercruysse, CEO of Entropia Digital, said: "Reliability, availability and expertise were crucial for us in choosing KPN Critical Communications and Motorola. We are now able to fully support our customers. By the end of 2013, all redundant switches, including the first 100 antenna masts, will be rebuilt. In the first half of 2014 another 100 masts will be installed.

“The old TETRA network will be fully replaced by the latest TETRA Dimetra 8.x platform. This way Entropia can speed up its nationwide rollout plan significantly. Entropia also will offer broadband IP links to the control rooms and Combus, the controlroom room flagship of Entropia, will be integrated in the new network. "

Dimetra IP Release 8.x offers a simpler, more resilient and cost-effective TETRA system for supporting mission-critical voice and data applications, harnessing the advanced capabilities of a new IT server-based platform. The solution has been recognized by the industry through a prestigious award for its eco-friendliness.

According to Motorola, Dimetra IP Release 8.x users are seeing a reduction of 70% in power consumption in switch sites, with a 60% reduction in physical space and footprint. The all-IP architecture carries over into the control room with an 80% reduction in power possible as the latest IT equipment is used.


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