Frequentis and the Bavarian State Office of Criminal Investigation (Bayerischen Landeskriminalamt) have signed a contract to provide new integrated communication and control systems for police control centres across the whole of Bavaria in Germany.
A key part of the contract is the integration of the German TETRA BOS digital radio network for public safety authorities and organisations into the systems.
In addition, all previously separate communications systems (telephone and radio) will in future be conducted over the Frequentis system, so that all these systems can be controlled via a standardised and user-friendly graphical user interface. The contract also includes extensive training for the Bavarian Police and maintenance services for a period of five years.
As well as the 175 operator positions for the control centres, Frequentis will be supplying up to 320 web-based radio operator positions based on the Frequentis radio web dispatcher to allow a more flexible application of all the necessary functions inside and outside the control centres.
The deal was signed at the police headquarters in Upper Bavaria South (Polizeipräsidium Oberbayern Süd in Rosenheim on 4 August 2014. The first system will be delivered to support the security arrangements for the next G8 summit at Schloss Elmau on 4 and 5 June 2015.
The particular challenge facing Frequentis and the Bavarian Police for the G8 summit is the need to setup the Frequentis integrated communication and control system in time to operate both the analogue radios and the German BOS digital radios in the control centre in Rosenheim and the G8 summit operational headquarters in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The use of the tap-proof BOS digital radio network for voice and data services is critical for the optimal organisation of all forces deployed.
The Free State of Bavaria relies on Frequentis expertise. "Numerous references in Germany and beyond show that Frequentis is one of the most expert partners around when it comes to digital radio interconnection. We are convinced that we can benefit from these experiences at the G8 summit at Schloss Elmau," said police commissioner Jürgen Garbe of the Upper Bavaria South Police Headquarters.
Rolf Unterberger, executive board member at Frequentis, said: "At the Olympic Games in London in summer 2012, Frequentis clearly demonstrated with its customer the Metropolitan Police that its systems are ideal for this kind of safety-critical deployment. We are delighted to be supporting the Bavarian Police in such an important event."
The contract marks the third major order for Frequentis in Germany within a year following the contracts in Rhineland-Palatinate for the supply of control centre technology for the police, fire and rescue and emergency medical services control centres, and in North Rhine-Westphalia for the delivery of a control centre concentrator for the fire and rescue and emergency medical services.