Sepura Terminals Tested as Part of Communications Exercise in Portugal
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | Comments

An 8– 9 April exercise tested the practice of using the Integrated System of Emergency and Security Networks of Portugal (SIRESP) to support the command-and-control requests made through the Regional Civil Protection Service. Madeira’s Operational Command and Military Zone teams conducted the ESPADA 19 communications exercise.

The Army’s framework of tasks related to checking satisfaction of basic equipment and providing quality of life for those living in the autonomous region of Madeira. The scenario was based on a simulation of multiple forest fires all active at once in several areas of the island of Madeira.

A large-scale emergency response was required, which forced the coordinated intervention of the various entities participating in the exercise at many levels. During the exercise many system features were testing, including the use of geolocation on Sepura hand portable terminals. The interoperability of Sepura radio equipment was also tested alongside the military tactical radios P/PRC 425.

“It was an excellent opportunity to train and to test the dynamics inherent in the information flow between the COM and the ZMM and to increase the sensitivity of the operators to adapt to this dynamic, adapting the use of the radio procedures in each situation,” the Army said.

The tests will help the Army respond to emergency situations and catastrophes that may occur in the region with effective interoperability and cross-agency communications.

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