Cassidian and Astrium Services enhance Tetrapol through Satellite Communications

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- Possibility to interconnect regional Tetrapol networks over satellite
- Live demonstration took place in a small Brazilian city situated on the Amazon, to simulate the harsh environmental conditions
- Showcase exhibiting simultaneous voice, video and internet transmissions to separate handheld devices

Cassidian and Astrium Services have rendered Tetrapol a new dimension by creating a possibility to interconnect regional networks over satellite. A live demonstration recently took place in Brazil with the purpose to showcase an end-to-end communication's solution for border surveillance and to demonstrate what features can be added to a Tetrapol network when interconnected via satellite.

Secure radio communication via Tetrapol networks from Cassidian are already in use by the Brazilian federal police department, Departamento de Polícia Federal. Nine regional Tetrapol IP networks ensure reliable coverage from the country's Atlantic coast to the Brazilian borders with Peru, Venezuela, Argentina and seven other countries. Tetrapol regional networks are usually interconnected using terrestrial connections. In remote areas like the Amazon Forest where terrestrial telecommunication's infrastructure is poor or nonexistent, the Astrium Services' SKYWAN technology can now enable the interconnection of several networks over satellite with DAMA technology to share bandwidth between all the nodes. Thanks to the scalability of the Tetrapol solution, a wide set of Tetrapol services can be offered with a tactical temporary or permanent regional coverage. The satellite link also provides Internet access, video and other applications in parallel to the Tetrapol voice communication to remote locations, rendering the data transmission capabilities next to endless.

Oriximiná, where the demonstration took place, is a small city situated on the Amazon in the North of Brazil, is best reached by a four hour boat trip from the city of Santarém. Its remote location was chosen to simulate the harsh environmental conditions that border surveillance groups face on a daily basis. Attending the demonstration were representatives of the Brazilian Ministry of Justice as well as several federal agencies involved in border surveillance. Astrium Services and our partner Cassidian presented a powerful showcase exhibiting simultaneous voice, video and internet transmissions to separate handheld devices, all while maintaining perfect network stability and excellent voice quality.

Captain Albércio from the Brazilian National Force says: "We have been seeking a solution like this for over four years. The National Force is required to operate faultlessly also in remote areas throughout Brazil, like the Amazon Forest and on the outmost points of the Brazilian Border. This all-in-one solution provided by Astrium Services and Cassidian combines satellite communications with digital radio trunk in such a way that the troops will have mission-critical digital radio and Internet access in the midst of the jungle and can stay connected with our headquarters in Brasília. Beyond that we have the possibility to connect with the radio backbone of the Federal Police which will allow us to have access to information from all Brazilian States. For sure it will increase the safety and the effectiveness of our operations. "

Through its ND SatCom product range, Astrium Services is a leading global supplier of satellite-based broadband VSAT, broadcast, government and defence communication networks and ground station solutions. Its innovative technologies are deployed in broadcast and media, enterprise and telecom environments, as well as government and defence, worldwide. The ND SatCom team and technologies hold more than 30 years of experience in providing a reliable source of secure, comprehensive and tailored engineered solutions, satellite networks and systems.

Tetrapol is an open, digital, purpose-built professional mobile radio (PMR) technology designed for professional users in public safety, the military or utility and transport industries. Professionals around the world rely on Tetrapol to provide secure, reliable voice and data communications. With 85 networks in more than 30 countries, more than 1,850,000 users are covered by Tetrapol.

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Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Astrium had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Astrium is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services. Its three business units are: Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment; Astrium Services for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.

Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group - comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter - generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.

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Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2011, Cassidian - with around 28,000 employees - achieved revenues of € 5.8 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group - comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter - generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than 133,000.

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