Germany Continues Sepura Radio Use After Security Review
Monday, March 19, 2018 | Comments

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and Sepura, part of Hytera Group, signed a contract for Sepura TETRA radios used on the German Agency for Digital Radio of Security Authorities and Organizations (BDBOS) TETRA network following a security review.

Security concerns over radios used on the German BDBOS digital radio network following the purchase of Sepura by Hytera prompted an audit. U.K.-based Sepura remains independent and responsible for the development of TETRA terminals as part of the Hytera Group. The Sepura subsidiary, Sepura Germany based in Munich, also continues to exist. Sepura’s distributor for Germany, SELECTRIC, based in Münster, is responsible for the sales and the service of the terminals and is Sepura’s point of contact for the German BDBOS network.

In Germany, government authorities and public-safety organizations can operate only radio terminal equipment certified by BDBOS. The certificates for Sepura devices already certified by the BDBOS still remain; therefore, these devices continue to be used. BDBOS 16 March certified new software for existing Sepura SRG and STP terminals, as well as the new SC2 series radio terminals.

“This contract enables us to build on the previous, successful dialogue with public-safety customers to continue to offer robust TETRA devices, software, accessories and applications that meet their needs in the future,” said Hooman Safaie, Sepura regional director for Germany. “As an independent part of the Hytera Group, Sepura is now well positioned to help German public-safety customers migrate to broadband through innovative solutions."

In February 2017, SELECTRIC was awarded the tender by the state of Thuringia to provide digital radios for fire and rescue service organizations. The contract includes, among other things, Sepura SC20 terminals, which can be used from the time the certification is published. The delivery of the terminals will take place shortly.

"We are pleased that we are able to continue successful cooperation with the federal government and the federal states following more than 10 years of working together,” said Hendrik Pieper, managing director of SELECTRIC. “This agreement allows us to further expand our market leadership together with Sepura. With more than 380,000 digital radio terminals delivered in the German public-safety market, not only Sepura devices, but also SELECTRIC's own system complementary products are part of the success."

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