Airbus Selected to Provide Communications for French Road Extension
Thursday, December 03, 2020 | Comments

As part of the Axelia project to transform the RN79 national road into a motorway between the cities of Sazeret and Digoin, France, Aliaé, a subsidiary of the Eiffage Group, has entrusted the operation of the infrastructure to the Paris Rhine Rhône Motorway Group (APRR). It was in this context that APRR sought Airbus' expertise to provide a critical communications solution in order to extend the current Airbus TETRA network, over the roadwork area to ensure the safety of the users, and staff.

As part of the Axelia project, Airbus and its partner Altech are deploying a mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) communications solution to ensure secure communications between patrollers and maintenance employees working on this 90-kilometer-long road.

While the roadwork is ongoing and until the permanent TETRA network is implemented as soon as the new motorway opens, Airbus is to provide its Tactilon Agnet collaboration platform, as well as Tactilon Dabat hybrid terminals. These will allow access to push-to-talk (PTT) features, and emergency calls using an LTE network.

"We are honored that APRR is renewing its confidence in us by opting for the Tactilon Agnet collaborative platform,” said Thierry Becker, vice president of the Western Europe and Africa regions for Secure Land Communications at Airbus. “This project shows the complementarity of group communication services based on 4G technologies on the one hand and radio technologies on the other. Our portfolio of Tactilon solutions and services fully meets this need and provides high flexibility and interoperability.”

Since 2003, APRR has been using Airbus' Tetra network. This network covers more than 2,300 kilometers of motorway lanes. Since the network's implementation, Airbus has been working hand-in-hand with its partner Altech in supplying the network and infrastructure for APRR. For this project, Altech is in charge of the deployment and customer training on the full package.

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