PowerTrunk Holds First North American Users Group Meeting
Monday, December 02, 2019 | Comments

The first PowerTrunk Users Group meeting was held Oct. 23 – 25 at New Jersey Transit’s headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, coinciding with the first 10 years of PowerTrunk in North America.

In 2009, PowerTrunk obtained FCC and Industry Canada (IC) type acceptance certification for its first TETRA-interoperable D-LMR implementation (sometimes called “reduced-power” or “low-power” TETRA) intended to overcome the restrictions of the emission masks and occupied bandwidth limits in force at the time. The certification led to the first TETRA contract in North America in November 2011 with BC Hydro of British Columbia, Canada, and the first in the United States in March 2012 with NJ Transit.

IC later amended its RSS-119 rules to accept TETRA without modifications in all LMR frequency bands, and the FCC amended its Part 90 rules to accept TETRA in 450 – 470 MHz and the non-National Public Safety Planning Advisory Council (NPSPAC) portion of the 800 MHz band.

In July 2013, PowerTrunk obtained its first FCC type acceptance certificates with TETRA in the narrowband portion of the 700 MHz band through the implementation of Project 25 (P25) capabilities in its multimode TETRA/P25 764 – 869 MHz subscriber equipment, fully compliant with all applicable FCC and P25 Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) requirements, leading to additional contracts in North America.

At the meeting, BC Hydro, represented by Sol Lancashire, received the First TETRA User In North America Award. FNX-Innov, represented by Sylvain Privé, received the First TETRA Integrator In North America Award, and Andy Schwartz of NJ Transit received the Host User Award for hosting the event.

Representatives of end users, partners, consultants and PowerTrunk’s parent companies, Spain-based Teltronic and U.K.-based Sepura, attended the meeting.

Several technical sessions updated attendees on the latest PowerTrunk developments in the field of TETRA/Long Term Evolution (LTE) integrated systems, subscriber technology and applications, including Sepura Appspace, a TETRA app tool. Case studies of the TETRA systems operated by NJ Transit; Agnico Eagle Mines in Nunavut, Canada; Diverse Power in Georgia; Flint Hills Resources in Minnesota; and Invista in Texas, as well as the government of Bermuda for its police force were presented.

Jose Martin, PowerTrunk CEO, delivered a keynote address including an update on the status of the company in the U.S. following the acquisition of its parent companies by Hytera Communications in June 2017.

“The Commission On Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) conducted a thorough investigation focused on potential national security risks after the acquisition,” said Martin. “The CFIUS investigation resulted in clearing PowerTrunk to continue selling its products designed and manufactured at European locations to U.S. customers without restrictions, including federal agencies, through a letter of assurance entered into with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in July 2018. The DHS confirmed that the LOA remained in force after the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and as a result, PowerTrunk has continued receiving purchase orders from federal agencies and others after the enactment of the NDAA for its full offering of products we are authorized to sell in the U.S.” Would you like to comment on this story? Find our comments system below.

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