The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of the Presidency has awarded Hytera a contract to deploy a TETRA radio communications system along with a secure 911 service in the Santo Domingo area.
The project includes several components: the 911 system; a camera surveillance system; and the TETRA communications infrastructure along with the supply of TETRA terminals. The Hytera TETRA system will cover the whole National District and Santo Domingo province together with neighbouring municipalities using five infrastructure sites provided by the government.
The Dominican state required an integrated communications solution so that all public safety groups operating in the city of Santo Domingo can work effectively together to deal with any security incidents or and public emergency that may occur.
The system will provide Santo Domingo with the capacity to offer a rapid response when needed by its citizens, as well as control and dispatch facilities for all participating agencies such as police, fire, ambulance and others.
The government received five proposals for this public tender, which then subject to a technical and economic evaluation undertaken by a group of experts and representatives from Dominican Republic civil society. The process was conducted in a transparent manner to ensure that the best solution was chosen at a price that was within budget and that best met the state’s requirements.
Hytera presented the most solid technical offer, according to Fernando Camelo, Hytera’s sales director. “We clearly set out the design of all the system components and included in our offer certain element that went beyond what was asked for, as was more than proved in a field test undertaken with the Ministry’s technical team.
“For example, regarding the portable radios, the IP55 certification against water and dust was required as a minimum and we offered our IP67 certified terminals; also 2000mAh batteries were required and we will deliver 2500 mAh batteries,” said Camelo.
William Henriquez, CEO of Hytera's local partner Avelock Dominicana, commented: “The economic proposal that we presented together with Hytera was by far the best and this permitted the government to acquire a mission critical communications system. What is best for the Dominican people is that we will have a modern system that increases public safety levels.”
One of the great benefits of this decision by the Dominican Republic government is the fact that TETRA technology, being an open standard, allows interoperability between equipment from different manufacturers. This means there is always an option to use equipment that is best adapted to changing requirements.
Camelo concluded: “It is a great honor for Hytera to be able to provide a high quality product based on an open protocol. We are delivering a mature solution to the Dominican Republic based on Hytera’s experience in TETRA, which increased with the acquisition in 2011 of the German company Rohde & Schwarz PMR GmbH. The government chose our proposal because it was searching for a secure, fully supported system and we are proud to offer this solution.”