Swedish Ski Resort Deploys TETRA System
Monday, February 04, 2019 | Comments

SkiStar Åre installed a new TETRA solution from Swedish Radio Supply (SRS) and Sepura for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup 2019.

The Swedish skiing area of Åre in the province of Jämtland wanted to implement a safe and reliable communications system. Temperatures often fall to -15 degrees Celsius in January, so a robust, reliable system was essential. The new system has four TETRA base stations being strategically placed across the Åresjön, Forberget, Duved and Tege Mountains.

The project started four years ago as SkiStar Åre began to search for providers to offer a new system. An important and crucial part of the decision-making process was the hosting of the Alpine Ski World Cup 2019. The World Cup increases the requirement for a reliable and flexible system that can handle the risks a huge event holds, including the number of users, call volumes and number of possible emergency situations. The decision was made for a system from SRS and Sepura that can fulfill the requirements for such a big event and improve sound quality, durability and safety.

The new TETRA system also enables users to send data to confirm actions such as closed ski lifts or slopes, improving public safety at the resort.

“We have received suggestions on what we need based on the knowledge and experience SRS has as a radio provider,” said Anders Jonasson, technical supervisor, SkiStar Åre. “SRS have also been present on site and followed us in our everyday lives, enabling them to suggest a solution that considers our needs and saves both time and energy. We have also changed our requirements specification a bit along the way.”

The main office is where weather forecasts, avalanche warnings, requests for lost items and emergency calls are handled. To help manage the allocation of responsibilities and quick response times, SRS implemented a new dispatcher system, enabling operator staff to communicate to and monitor the location and status of users.

During the winter season, the SkiStar staff will have access to 170 Sepura portable radios. These radios will enable the 500 seasonal workers to maintain safety across the resort with 89 ski slopes connected by 42 lifts. During the World Cup in February Åre will rent an additional 550 TETRA radios. The new TETRA system will also be fundamental for upcoming events, such as the Orientation Competition O-Ring in 2021.

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