Motorola Wins TETRA Contracts in Lithuania, Norway (1/10)
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 | Comments
Motorola was selected by Lithuania's Ministry of Interior to deliver a nationwide TETRA communications network serving the border guard, customs, emergency services, and the state secret service. The IP-based network will support data transmission, enabling public-safety organizations to send data, such as fingerprints, passport information, license plates and pictures, to and from handheld TETRA devices and central computer systems. Rollout of the new network is expected to begin in the second quarter, with completion due by the fourth quarter. Motorola plans to hand the network over to Lithuania's Ministry of Interior at the end of 2007. The contract also includes 6,200 TETRA radio devices, with built-in GPS to pinpoint users' locations. Motorola also announced that it will supply core network infrastructure, software, implementation services, and maintenance to deliver, together with Siemens, a TETRA radio communications network for the Norwegian national public-safety network, Nodnett. A new separate administration body under the Ministry of Justice and the Police owns the new multiagency digital radio communication system. The total implementation of Nodnett, a $580 million investment, will begin in 2007 and be available nationwide by the end of 2011. The initial implementation phase covers the southern, most populated, part of Norway and is due for completion by the end of 2008. The new network will provide Norwegian public-safety services with secure cross-functional and cross-border voice communication, talk groups, direct mode access, and data transmission. The network will serve a population of 4.6 million dispersed over a complex topography of 324,000 square kilometers, according to Motorola. As part of the Norwegian contract with Siemens, Frequentis signed a sub-contract with Siemens to supply all the control rooms within the project. Later in 2007, the first control rooms in the Oslo area will roll out and run for a couple of years with the last installations in Svalbard. The control rooms will allow operators of each of the agencies to receive and make calls to and from the telephone network, the existing analog radio network, and the new TETRA network. An operator can, for example, receive pictures from a mobile phone via multimedia messaging system (MMS), edit them, and forward them to a TETRA terminal of a police officer on the street.

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