Airbus Provides Secure Communications for Hajj Pilgrimage
Monday, July 26, 2021 | Comments

Airbus secured this years’ Hajj holy pilgrimage in Mecca with its mission-critical communication technologies in Saudi Arabia.

The company rolled out its Tactilon Agnet 800 collaboration platform and TETRA technology for use of public-safety and security forces on the field and in the control rooms. Through the communication solutions’ secure and reliable features, the teams were able to coordinate faster and more efficiently wherever they were deployed.

Like the previous Hajj seasons, better collaboration among security officials was key to safeguarding the safety and well-being of the tens of thousands of people who performed Hajj this year.

Airbus’ Tactilon Agnet allows users to leverage the solutions to talk, exchange multimedia messages, and record and share videos at the touch of a button with other members of their group regardless of whether the different devices used are smartphones or TETRA radios. Furthermore, the platform enables secure and reliable group communication, and one-to-one calls through voice and video, as well as picture and text messaging, which improves teamwork and collaboration between team members.

Public and security authorities can also benefit from Tactilon Agnet’s TETRA and broadband features such as emergency calls and real-time location tracking. Dispatchers, on the other hand, are equipped to monitor and command Tactilon Agnet and TETRA users through a CAD system integrated into the control room. This ensures higher access to the team and a faster response time during emergencies.

“During unique events such as the Hajj pilgrimage, sturdy and reliable communication among the public authorities assigned to various areas in and around Mecca is essential. Without such crucial collaboration, it would be difficult for them to safeguard both a large number of visitors and the historical venue and premises,” said Selim Bouri, vice president and head of Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific for Secure Land Communications at Airbus. “This year’s Hajj took place amid the still raging pandemic. Therefore, it was vital more than ever to equip public safety and emergency forces with flexible and reliable solutions for them to share information quickly.”

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