Airbus Awards 3 Companies in TETRA/LTE Device App Challenge
Thursday, February 08, 2018 | Comments

Airbus’ first Critical App Challenge brought together 24 international representatives from eight companies with fresh ideas for secure communications. These applications will run on the Tactilon Dabat device to facilitate the daily work for police officers and rescue personnel.

Three participating companies received awards for exceptional solutions during the event. Intelligence on Wheels created a warning system preventing deadly train collisions by equipping railway engines with TETRA and Long Term Evolution (LTE) devices. Furthermore, the Finnish company Tactical AI invented an app accelerating criminal conviction. The app is capable of matching pictures or footing recorded by surveillance cameras with police suspect databases. Thirdly, the company Steerpath enables team leaders of security personnel or police to conduct operations in buildings such as airports or hospitals with the help of real-time geolocation through TETRA or LTE.

Airbus will invite all three developers to the Critical Communication World (CCW) exhibition in Berlin in May.

“The Critical App Challenge was a unique event which put all partners in a win-win situation,” said Eric Davalo, head of strategy and marketing for secure land communications at Airbus. “Thanks to the developers’ sophisticated ideas, Airbus is growing its ecosystem for smart and secure communications solutions. At the same time, start-ups and developers are gaining insight into the world of mission-critical communication through us.”

Eight companies from Finland and Germany were selected by Airbus for the Critical App Challenge to find best high-tech solutions for the Tactilon Dabat, a combined Android smartphone and TETRA radio.

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