Italian Firm GEG Donates TETRA Network to Italian Hospital
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | Comments

Sepura’s Italian partner GEG donated vital critical communications equipment to an emergency hospital in Italy to aid the country’s medical support during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The rapidly deployed Fiera di Bergamo hospital is situated in an event venue in Bergamo, the worst affected region in Italy and is managed by staff from a nearby permanent hospital. The facility was constructed in just a week, supported by private and corporate donations and volunteer support from the region. The hospital has 142 beds including more than 70 intensive care beds and access points for both ambulances and helicopters.

To ensure that all medical staff, logistics support and volunteers can communicate effectively, GEG donated a complete critical communications system to the site, including 50 Sepura TETRA radios, programming software and a TETRA base station from Damm Cellular System to provide the local network. The radios have individual battery chargers and belt clips to reduce the amount of contact with hands and to reduce the risk of cross contamination. For the control room, GEG provided a desk-mounted radio, multiple charging units and desktop programming devices to ensure that the radios are correctly set up for emergency use.

After performing a full site inspection and installing the base station, GEG also delivered training to all radio fleet administration staff on basic radio use, including switching between talkgroups and making full duplex calls.

“Communications is particularly important in this environment, as many of the key workers in this highly pressured environment are not used to working together; on site there are members of both the Italian and Russian armies, volunteers from international emergency response and civil protection organizations, nurses and medical staff from all across Italy and many maintenance staff across site covering many functions,” said Ian Gotti, sales area manager for GEG.

Because of the protective masks worn on the mouth, communications over a critical communications device was the only available solution to the workers. The radios allow for a quick configuration and programming of the fleet and an efficient way to link the fleet to the control room, which was vital in this situation. The radios are easy to clean and sanitize, capable of functions with minimal use of hands and provide guaranteed secure coverage even in the deepest parts of the building.

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