Frequentis has won a deal to connect approximately 60 integrated command and control centres for fire protection and emergency medical services to the German BOS digital TETRA radio network in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The contract was signed on 9 December 2013 is between LZPD NRW, the state authority for central police services in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and Frequentis. The German BOS (Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben) digital radio network is the largest TETRA two-way radio network in the world and is being used by police, fire and ambulance.
Frequentis is supplying five command and control centre concentrators, based on the FREQUENTIS unified TETRA gateway, for the five state's technical centres in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Essen, Münster and Dortmund for connection to the German BOS digital radio.
Thanks to the shared use of centralised technology resources, the TETRA gateways allow a larger number of control centres to be connected. Around 60 integrated command and control centres for fire protection and emergency medical services will connect to these gateways via the German standardised “Digitalfunk-Stecker” (specific digital radio connector), which acts as the interface to the BOS digital radio network. Services that support technical operations for a time period of two years are also included.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, as in the other 15 German federal states, the introduction of digital radio is now very advanced. The connection of the integrated command and control centres for fire protection and emergency medical services is part of this introduction process. In Germany in the future all those responsible for public safety will use the same BOS digital radio network.
North Rhine-Westphalia is the most highly populated federal state in Germany with a population of about 18 million living in an area of about 34,100 km2. The urban centre of ‘Rhein-Ruhr’ has roughly ten million inhabitants, one of the 30 largest metropolitan areas in the world.
The BOS digital radio network is designed to ensure safe and reliable communications between the emergency services. This goal can only be reached if, with the aid of digital communication, information is optimally managed.
The urban municipalities and districts maintain command and control centres for fire protection and emergency medical services. Citizens can report emergencies using the emergency telephone number 112. From there, the incidents are coordinated and managed.
In 2012, there were around 1.7 million major and minor incidents, all of which had to be processed by the roughly 60 command and control centres.