TETRA-TETRAPOL Interoperability Cross-Border Project Underway in Europe (11/14/13)
Thursday, November 14, 2013 | Comments

Selex, a Finmeccanica company, will coordinate a consortium to manage the Inter System Interoperability for TETRA-TETRAPOL Networks (ISITEP) project, which is part of the seventh European Framework program. The consortium will include 15 partners and 12 additional members of the advisory board from 15 European countries.

The ISITEP project is scheduled to run 36 months in an effort to create a pan-European framework for integration of different Public Protection & Disaster Relief (PPDR) organizations merging communications technology, operational procedures and a legal framework.

All existing European national public-safety networks will be involved in the project. The increased cooperation is expected to improve management of migration at national borders and reduce cross-border crime as well as protect against data intrusion due to the higher level of security associated with professional networks.

Disaster relief management also is expected to improve across borders where sharing of national resources worldwide has historically been hindered by lack of interoperable communications systems, common procedures and legal agreements at a national level.

ISITEP’s goal is to deliver operational procedures and an integrated European communications network framework with new smart terminals targeted at more effective first responder cooperation. Transnational exercises involving emergency operators will be scheduled to validate the project’s efforts. Extensive trials are planned including an exercise with PPDR organizations at the Norway-Sweden border, police cross border cooperation in the German, Belgian, Dutch and Spanish area, an airplane disaster scenario near the Geneva border, and a main police exercise at a site in Brussels involving eight European countries.

The ISITEP consortium includes the Belgian Federal Police, the directorate for emergency communication of Norway, the Swedish Civil contingencies Agency of Sweden, the Netherland Ministry of Security and Justice, the Amper company from Spain, Cassidian Finland Oy, Cassidian System France, Motorola Solutions, the Institute for Information and Communication Technologies (ISCOM), the Italian Roma Tre University, the Netherland TNO (Organization for Applied Scientific Research), the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Devoteam from Spain and Net Technologies from Greece.

For more on the cross-border communications project in Sweden and Norway, see the Quarter 4 issue of RadioResource International magazine.

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