TST Systems to Supply Vehicle Devices for ESN
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | Comments

The U.K. Home Office selected TST Systems as a framework supplier of fixed vehicle devices (FVD) and accessories to the Emergency Services Network (ESN) with a potential supply of up to 40,000 units worth £90 million (US$118.2 million).

The framework provides hardware and support services for in-vehicle mobile voice and data equipment approved for use on ESN, as part of Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP).

The FVD is a vehicle-mounted radio and control unit that enables secure and resilient mission-critical communications via the ESN using externally mounted antennas for maximum coverage. As well as providing voice services, the FVD provides a platform for additional data applications and services. The FVD uses a modular approach, so it can support marine and motorcycle users, as well as being compatible with existing audio accessories.

The procurement establishes a framework agreement for the authority and nominated ESN user organizations (UOs) to procure FVD units and support and warranty services for use on the ESN.

The ESN system plans to provide mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) voice and high-speed data services over Long Term Evolution (LTE) for all U.K. emergency service vehicles. Deliveries for testing and trials are scheduled for the latter half of 2020, with rollout scheduled to be in early 2021.

The procurement was launched in April via a formal contract notice. The framework agreement comprises multiple suppliers with a call-off period of five years with the option to extend for up to an additional two years. The contract includes ongoing service management but excludes vehicle installations.

“This contract award establishes TST Systems as a market leader in critical communications LTE devices for vehicle users,” said Simon Clifton, CEO of TST Systems. “We are proud to offer next-generation mobile devices to the U.K. emergency services, which will offer critical voice communications over ESN, telematics, and both wired and wireless Ethernet data connectivity around the vehicle, all within a single unit. We are excited to be involved in transitioning users to LTE, enabling new voice and data services along with many other capabilities whilst maintaining compatibility with existing vehicle systems.”

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