Swedish Maritime Rescue Organization Selects Sepura Radios
Tuesday, October 08, 2019 | Comments

The Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS) chose Sepura partner Swedish Radio Supply to supply a combination of Sepura TETRA radios including hand-portable and mobile terminals.

SSRS was established as a not-for-profit organization in 1907, with a mission to save lives at sea. To maintain its ability to keep people safe, the organization invested in its communications capability and infrastructure.

The rollout of the society’s new TETRA radios supports other operational enhancements, including investing in a new operational headquarters building that offers more space to store safety equipment and a fleet of new rescue boats that can travel at high speeds, even in rough seas.

SSRS now has more than 200 rescue boats based at 71 rescue stations based on coastline or on inland waters. All the bases have the ability to program their local fleet of radios using Sepura’s Radio Manager software, ensuring that radios can be programmed quickly to match operational needs.

With around 2,200 volunteers working alongside three full-time employees patrolling the waters and beaches, it is imperative that the team has a TETRA fleet that guarantees it the critical communications solution it requires. The radios need to have extended reach, clear, powerful audio and sufficient ruggedness to operate in harsh saltwater conditions.

The chosen terminals include the STP9000 – a tough and resilient radio capable of supporting SSRS volunteers in tackling dangerous and physical challenges. IP67 environmental protection ensures that the radio will continue to work even after submersion in water, whilst Connector Protector technology protects the radio against salt corrosion from seawater.

Additional key features include exceptional battery life and safety attributes such as wake-on-alarm, which can initiate an emergency call with the touch of a button, even when the radio is switched off.

SSRS also chose the SC20 and SC21 hand-portable radios for their resilience, intelligence and versatility in using cutting-edge technology; the revolutionary radios are broadband and applications ready, combining the mission-critical security and performance of TETRA with the additional power of Wi-Fi. The SC20 is submersible, waterproof and dustproof to IP65, IP66, IP67 and IP68, making it ideal for wet, hazardous operations in a physically dangerous environment. The radios also boast water porting technology, which drains the speakers of standing water, ensuring that audio is never compromised.

Operating on the island of Käringön, SSRS receives around 450 calls per year. On the rare occasions that urgent rescue operations are required in inaccessible locations, operations can be coordinated with the Civil Aviation Administration’s rescue helicopters. This is facilitated by the collaboration through the Rakel Network, which SSRS joined in 2011.

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On 10/16/19, Leon van der Linde said:
It is always curious that a seagoing rescue organization selects a shore-based radio system that does not have base stations at sea.
I always wonder if they are going to launch balloons or low orbit satellites to have communications.

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