Norway’s Public Warning System Connects to Nødnett
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | Comments

The Norwegian civil defense organization Sivilforsvaret is modernizing its nationwide public warning system with the help of Airbus Defence and Space and TC Connect. Both companies will provide TETRA-based modems to more than 1,200 siren sites across Norway, connecting the warning system to the national multiagency public-safety radio communications network Nødnett.

The Norwegian Ministry of Justice decided to integrate the warning system into the TETRA-based Nødnett network because the warning system’s current technology is due to expire soon. TC Connect will deliver and install Airbus Defence and Space TETRA data modules as part of the complete modernization program.

TC Connect played a key role in designing the cabinet for the control unit that is called VRIO. It combines the modem with a remote terminal unit. TC Connect has already successfully sold this interface to the Swedish market for several years. In addition, the company developed the program’s software to satisfy customer requirements. Regular update services are included in the project’s scope. Installation began in the fourth quarter and will continue throughout 2017.

Besides its ability to link the warning system to Nødnett, the TDM880i modem transfers high volumes of data to the TETRA network. It also tracks vehicles with GPS positioning in real time. The modem interface can be managed remotely, via smart grid or supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA).

Since 2008, TC Connect has been a business partner of Airbus Defence and Space. Headquartered in Oslo, with four additional offices around Norway, the distributor of professional mobile radio (PMR) technology provides solutions and services for various mission-critical needs, including several public-safety authorities in Norway and in Sweden.

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