Norway and Sweden have begun interoperability testing of their national TETRA two-way radio networks to enable cross-border communications between their respective emergency services.
The Norwegian-Swedish ISI (Inter-System Interface) project is a joint development initiative between Norway and Sweden with the purpose of establishing cross-border communication for public safety agencies using the countries’ respective national Nødnett and Rakel TETRA networks.
The project is a collaboration between network owners Directorate for Emergency Communication (DNK) and Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), and network suppliers Motorola Solutions and Airbus Defence and Space. The project is associated with the EU-funded research project Inter System Interoperability for TETRA and TetraPol Networks (ISITEP).
“As owner of Nødnett, DNK is proud to take part in the work towards a standard solution for future ISI-projects,” said Tor Helge Lyngstøl, Director DNK. “We have considered cross-border functionality as a natural part of Nødnett for a long time. This project is exciting as it involves not only the technical challenges, but also the alignment of two nations and three agencies routines and procedures in our two countries.”
“One great success factor in the whole project is that we have involved the end users from the start in several work groups during the whole process,” said Minna Nyman, head of the RAKEL Department at MSB. “We focus on user requirements in everyday situations, as well as preparing for crisis situations, and strive towards making sure not only that the technology is in place but also methods and terminology”.
Pictured from left: Swedish police officer Reine Lamkiewicz, Norwegian project manager Marianne Storrøsten, Swedish project manager Anita Galin and Norwegian police officer Henning Fjellet presenting the The Norwegian-Swedish ISI (Inter-System Interface) project at Critical Communications World in Barcelona.