Thales unveiled the latest developments in its EIJI secure, high-availability mobile telephony offering at Milipol Paris 2015 last week in the shape of an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) service for public security forces and enterprise customers. EIJI will be available first in France from 2016.
The requirements of public security forces, essential operators and major companies are continuing to evolve, and emergency response teams need to be more mobile and interconnected than ever before.
They currently have a choice between deploying dedicated private TETRA, Tetrapol or P25 networks, typically offering low-speed voice communications only, and using commercial 2G, 3G and 4G networks, which offer higher bandwidth and transmission speeds but provide inadequate security, resilience and coverage.
Thales has become a secure mobile services operator to fill this gap and respond to the challenges of a fast changing physical and cyber threat environment. As a key European provider of cyber security and radio communications, Thales said it is able to draw on extensive experience and expertise to propose EIJI as a secure, resilient, high-data-rate communications solution.
Using a combination of existing commercial networks and sitcom connections, EIJI guarantees wide-area coverage and superior voice and data connectivity. The EIJI Box vehicle terminal also helps to support multi-network resilience, optimise performance and provide uninterrupted access to the best available network at all times.
Cyber security is an integral part of the offering to ensure secure authentication, confidentiality and integrity of voice and data communications.
Operational efficiency today hinges to a large extent on high performance communication systems and services. Access to high speed mobile broadband services and new applications is critical to the ability to share rich content like maps, pictures and videos in real time.
The EIJI offering thus supports more informed decision-making and better coordination of resources on the ground.