Airbus working on future of Belgium’s ASTRID emergency services TETRA network

Airbus provides insight into tomorrow’s TETRA technology and paved the way for a modernisation of ASTRID at the network’s users days in Belgium

Airbus working on future of Belgium’s ASTRID emergency services TETRA network

Airbus Defence and Space and its partners presented their radio communications solutions to improve the security and the capacity of the ASTRID, Belgium’s national TETRA network, at this year’s ASTRID User Days, which took place on 5-6 October near Brussels.

Airbus said it also expressed its willingness to contribute to a successful network modernisation. In addition, the Belgian Minister of the Interior, Jan Jambon, and the Minister of Justice, Koen Geens, stressed that plans for the network’s upgrade were ready to be implemented.

Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space, who was also present at the event, said: “We are designing the ASTRID network of the future in close co-operation with Belgian authorities. This approach was highlighted at the ASTRID User Days 2016. Consequently, ASTRID will become more efficient and user-friendly.”

Roughly 1,500 visitors, including policemen, firefighters and other PMR end users, attended the forward-looking User Days to gather information about the latest technical developments. The event offered seminars and various product presentations at manufacturer stands.

Airbus managers organised workshops to display radio functions and other TETRA equipment and demonstrated its newest products such as: the Tactilon Dabat, a TETRA handheld radio and a smartphone in one device; Tactilon Suite, which integrates broadband services such as Tactilon Agnet, a secure group call application for smartphones; and Viewcor, a system to monitor the status of TETRA networks.


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