German State Integrates Control Centers with Frequentis Gear
Monday, November 27, 2017 | Comments

Emergency services digital radio now connects 17 fire brigade and medical emergency control centers in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia with a Frequentis unified TETRA gateway. The system enables the integration of various control centers.

The remaining 43 nonpolice emergency control centers are planned to be connected during the expansion project in coming years, better equipping the region for all emergency service incidents.

North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populous federal state in Germany; 60 control centers of the fire brigade and emergency medical services serve 18 million inhabitants.

Frequentis was first commissioned to connect the 60 nonpolice emergency control centers to the statewide emergency services digital radio in 2013 and developed a solution based on the Frequentis Unified TETRA Gateway. The individual, local control centers that coordinate the non-police emergency services connect their individual systems via the open, standardized interface of a digital radio connector. For redundancy purposes, this is also installed in five separate equipment rooms.

The system enable central resource-saving through the shared use of the emergency services digital radio and allows numerous control centers, including those from different manufacturers, to use TETRA emergency services digital radio services.

A forum of the Professional Mobile Radio Association (PMeV) in Germany developed the digital radio connector interface definition. The same radio network is now available to all nonpolice control centers and emergency services. The advantages are high network availability, safeguarding against the infiltration of radio traffic, improved voice quality, secure data exchange and personal user management functions for the control centers.

“The comprehensive functions, such as encrypted group call and private call communications including emergency services or data services, such as short messages or status messages, are now also available to the control centers of the nonpolice emergency services,” said Ludger Heintz, head of department 5 in the State Office for Central Police Services Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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