Airbus Defence and Space presented its new Tactilon Suite TSA application for hybrid networks at the PMRExpo 2015 in Cologne this week (24-26 November 2015), which allows smart devices to be used for professional communications in a secure and controlled way.
The tailored solution brings together tried-and-tested TETRA and new broadband capabilities, enabling professional users to communicate with each other, regardless of whether they are using a TETRA radio or a smart device.
This enables users who prefer smart devices, but do not require full mission-critical services on account of possible limitations in broadband service availability, to communicate with TETRA users and vice versa.
Tactilon Suite TSA will give public safety organisations, such as the police and rescue services, more flexibility during their operations. It provides users of standard smartphones (or other smart devices) with push-to-talk and other TETRA services in the form of an application on their device.
Airbus pointed out that this enables them to get the most out of previous investments in TETRA infrastructures. Tactilon Suite TSA runs as a simple application on standard smart devices and works on any standard 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi broadband service.
In addition to TETRA group and individual calling, other features such as group scanning, emergency calling, status and short data messages are now available to both regular TETRA users and smartphone users alike.
For instance, high-ranking officers can choose to carry just a smart device but are nevertheless still able to follow and participate in communication related to a particular operation. Furthermore, doctors on call can communicate in talk groups with ambulances and healthcare professionals.
“Many of our public safety customers are looking for a flexible way to enhance mission-critical communications with mobile broadband solutions that provide them with seamless and secure integration with existing narrowband networks,” said Eric Davalo, Head of Strategy Solutions Portfolio & Engineering within Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space.
“Our Tactilon Suite TSA is a cost-efficient way of complementing the secure radio communications provided by the existing TETRA network. It allows additional commercial broadband users to be integrated in an easy and secure manner, preserving existing networks and mission-critical functionalities.”
Control room operators can use their existing tools and equipment to manage, coordinate and control users and talk groups, including the users of smart devices. They can manage user rights, talk group memberships, or even deactivate users within the TETRA network via one single process and with the same tool for both smartphone accounts and radio users.