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Should you go for TETRA virtualization?

Operators of TETRA networks are asking how to cut costs while maintaining the same level of service. Could virtualization and data centres be the answer?

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Five things you need to know about TETRA

Here are five frequently asked questions about TETRA, and the answers you should know.

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Tetrapol radio shortcuts: Hot button

Tips for accessing functions and folders with the tactical button.

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Text messages in a flash

Flash text messages are instantly visible on the radio's display.

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What everyone must know about IoT, 5G and Big Data

Acronyms and new terms come up in all discussions, even when meeting mission-critical professionals. How will these new technologies affect the daily work of public safety and other professionals? What should you know about IoT, 5G and Big Data?

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The world's safest rally relies on Virve

When a rally competition combines high-speed cars with 300,000 visitors, smooth communication and co-operation between the event organization and public authorities is essential. As a world class rally, the Neste Rally Finland requires world class communication to keep things running safely.

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Three signs you need TETRA paging

Paging is ideal for alerting first responders to an incident. Yet, most paging systems do not perform as well as they could. Analog systems are becoming obsolete and digital systems may suffer from other problems. Ask yourself three simple questions - if you answer yes to even one of them, it's time to look at TETRA paging.

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Bluetooth Tetrapol: Sin cables

Tips para mantener comunicaciones discretas en la policía.

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How to make sure you get the best network for your operations

Choosing a digital radio network to suit the way you work may seem daunting, but the task can be broken down into five key requirements. It should not disrupt your operations, should be secure, bring new efficiencies, be supported by many suppliers and come from a vendor who can deliver the solution you need.

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Drei Gründe für TETRA-Paging

Paging ist ideal zur Benachrichtigung von Ersthelfern. Die meisten Paging-Systeme bleiben jedoch hinter ihren Möglichkeiten zurück. Analoge Systeme sind überholt und digitale Systeme oft noch nicht ausgereift. Wenn Sie eine der drei folgenden Fragen mit „ja“ beantworten, sollten Sie sich TETRA-Paging näher ansehen.

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Did you know that radios can cost more than the price ticket says?

Did you know you that the price of a radio is not always as simple as it first appears? If you are comparing the unit price of two radios, you need to check that they really are comparable. What do you get for the price? Does it meet all your demands, as well as all the security requirements of your organisation and network operator?

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14 great resources to help evolve your PMR network to broadband

Are you planning to introduce mobile broadband and mobile apps but don't know where to start? Don't worry - these guides and videos will explain how to move towards the broadband future, the smart way. 

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Alerta roja: Funciones de emergencia en su radio TETRA

Cinco consejos para usar la tecla roja.

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Kennen Sie schon die rote Taste in TETRA-Endgeräten?

Eine Notruftaste ist unabdingbar für die Funkgeräte von Einsatzkräften. Aber wussten Sie schon, wie viele nützliche Funktionen sich für die rote Taste der TETRA-Endgeräte von Airbus programmieren lassen?

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Three ways to a broadband future

Choice is good. But it can be hard sometimes to decide which option is the best. Here are three different approaches for taking networks into the future. 

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Active paging — a proven success

It’s safe to say that paging has something of an image problem – it is considered old technology and a mainstay of 1980s communication. Some people see it stuck in the past, superceded by more advanced 21st century devices.Yet, paging can be much more than simple beepers would allow.

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Pop up LTE networks keep you in touch

An emergency can arise anywhere – when it does so in a place that has no radio coverage, first responders arriving must ensure they can communicate. Tactical cells have served them well – and soon they will be served even better by Tactilon Cells.

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TETRA and smartphones join forces

Tactilon Dabat is the first device to combine a PMR radio and a smartphone in one, it is set to rewrite the rules of professional communications. But how was it developed? What was behind it and what did users ask for?

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What if there were no priorities?

When public safety professionals need to work together under pressure, their communication has to be reliable, as well as very structured and orderly. 

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Viewcor puts Big Data to use

Viewcor is a Big Data application that processes and analyses data generated in a TETRA network and presents resulting insights in a visual, easy to understand format.

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See your radio’s network mode in an instant

When you are in the thick of the action, you don’t have time to read your radio’s display; you just want to take a peek to instantly see if you are in Network Mode or Direct Mode.

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Did you know...  you already have Java™ in your TETRA radio?

Did you know that Airbus TETRA radios have built-in Java support? And that this is a unique feature that no other manufacturer offers? This means Java functionality is already in your radio and ready to be used.

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Big Data — could it work for you?

Big Data may sound like big hype - complex, hard to use or maybe not even valuable. The truth is quite the opposite. It is a powerful tool that can transform many organisations’ operations. Could yours be one of them?

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TETRA radio shortcuts: By the numbers

Tips for accessing common functions with your number keys.

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Red alert: Emergency functions on your TETRA radio

Five tips for using the red key.

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Fighting fire – Top radio communication tips for every firefighter

Your radio is your critical lifeline in a hazardous situation, and a trusted tool. Every day you use it and it serves you well. But are you pushing it to the max, the way your job demands your best? Here are five tips to help you get more from your radio.

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Active paging — the sure way to get your alerts out

Alerting emergency staff by paging is well established. Although useful, it is not perfect. The answer? Active Paging.

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How your radio could save your life

It’s a dark night and you’re on patrol alone, walking down a deserted alley in a neighborhood with a bad reputation. You wish there was someone with you to help if something bad happens.

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Meticulous planning brings upgrade success for Hong Kong Police

How Hong Kong Police achieved a record-breaking 3 in 1 upgrade of its TETRA network.

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Longer text messages over TETRA

Easy to send messages of up to 399 characters.

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Missing persons: Waypointer points the way

TETRA radio location solution helps search parties find people.

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One of the world’s highest Tetrapol stations

Clinging to the side of a mountain at 3,507 metres altitude, a repeater station in the Alps is working day and night to provide radio coverage for mountain rescuers. Only a station on Little Matterhorn is located higher, at about 3,800 metres.

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Tetrapol Bluetooth: Off the wire

Tips for keeping police communications discreet.

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TETRA radio shortcuts: Fast as an arrow

Tips for accessing common functions with your arrow keys.

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Five things you need in an ATEX radio

The main demands you need in a radio used in potentially explosive atmospheres.

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A vital tool for a village

TETRA radios keep social services and health care in touch. Social welfare workers in remote areas may not seem like obvious TETRA users. 

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Digital radio coverage: How to increase yours

Engineering, equipment and external factors determine how far your signal travels. Today's mobile professionals can't afford to run into communication blind spots. So how can you broaden your digital radio coverage?

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Group communication: Easy as 1-2-3

How to use your Tetrapol radio to connect your contacts. Connecting a group is simple with Tetrapol radios.

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Easy location updates

Tetrapol has a cool feature that helps set up location apps.

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5 things you need to know about TETRA

Here are five frequently asked questions about TETRA, and the answers you should know. If TETRA technology is not familiar to you, check these five typical questions and the answers you should know.

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Event security: Five tips for keeping connected

How to plan for secure radio communication that doesn’t let you down at your next large event.

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Your radio as a repeater

Use your radio to extend radio coverage - it is very simple.

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For an explosive atmosphere - Five things you need in an ATEX radio

The revamped THR9 Ex radio combines usability with safety and meets the five main demands you need in a radio used in potentially explosive atmospheres.

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Don't all talk at once

PTT queuing for group calls reduces calling congestion. Group calls in a TETRA system are one-way, which means only one person can speak at a time. All the speaker has to do is press and hold the PTT key.

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Battery life for TETRA radios

7 tips to make your battery last longer. When radio terminal batteries run down, people usually blame ... the batteries. But users have a lot of control over how long their batteries work.

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Case study: Deflecting disaster in 60 seconds

Fast action – and TETRA radios – kept Helsinki railway accident from becoming a catastrophe.

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Case study: TETRA radios beat the big chill

Artic use of TETRA facilitates Finnish communication. As Finland's northernmost defence force, the Jaeger Brigade (Jääkäriprikaati) conducts training and research in Finnish Lapland — some 130 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.

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Security for 4,500 computer enthusiasts

TETRA in the control room of a computer fan fair. One of the world's largest gatherings of computer fans regularly sees 4,500 enthusiasts from Australia, Brazil, United States, Japan, South Africa and beyond descending on a sports arena in Helsinki.

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Case study: First aid in Sweden

Uppsala University Hospital turns to TETRA system for ambulance communications. If you or your loved one needed to be rushed to the hospital, wouldn't you want paramedics to have a magic wand?

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Radios work — hot or cold

Professionals need their radios whether they are in the deserts, at the Arctic Circle, or anywhere in between. From the Middle East to the Arctic Circle, secure radios are important for professionals working in some of the most extreme places on Earth.

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When your mission is critical

How comprehensive communications capabilities support public safety.

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Airport communications: A first-class solution

Digital radio network helps manage flights and improve security. The number of air passengers is on the rise. The volume of air cargo is increasing. Energy, staff costs and competition: up, up, up. And security challenges continue to grow.

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Mass transport communication: Keeping trains on track

Five ways to deliver effective metro and railway radio communication.

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Case study: Get smart

TETRA networks can smooth the way for smart grids. Power and utility companies will soon be able to save money, lower energy consumption, reduce peak demand and ensure a more reliable power supply.

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Unbeatable in an emergency

The red emergency button on your radio can make a difference between life and death.

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Group communication over radio: Dream team connections

Five ways to get the most from your TETRA system's one-to-many calling features. Don't let your group communications get lost in a crowd.

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Fast and easy radio coverage

The smallest, smartest TETRA base station makes rolling out coverage easier than ever. It's little larger than a laptop. But that's what makes the TB3p mini base stations - the smallest, smartest TE
TRA base stations - so powerful.

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Move in the right direction

Track team members and others with location-based services like AVL and APL.

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TPH900 Tetrapol radio: Familiar, yet better

The new TPH900 has advanced features that help officers do their jobs more easily and safely.

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5 TETRA features that can save your day

TETRA servers may be small, but some deliver in a big way. These are just five examples. The Taira TETRA Server can bring secure radio communications where they are needed. 

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Emergency calls: TETRA systems will connect

Three-level emergency target helps users get through. TETRA systems from Airbus treat emergency calls with extreme priority, pre-empting other calls if necessary.

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Secure radios: the bedrock of mining safety

A kilometre or more below ground. Long tunnels. No cell phone reception. This is a typical working environment of a miner. How can they communicate?

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How's your radio display at night?

Night Vision on your TETRA radio helps your work in the night shift. Do you work at night or in the dark? Do your tasks take you to places with little or no light?

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Tetrapol: One-to-one calls

Person to person calls are easy to make. Want to talk to another Tetrapol user directly — without anyone overhearing your conversation? That's easy, provided you're both registered on the network and within coverage range.

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Eco-friendly radio communication is green and clean

Five ways your TETRA system is designed for the environment. The TETRA radio communication networks from Airbus Defence and Space are designed to help secure people's safety. One way to achieve this is to design for a safer environment.

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Authority networks: Staying in touch during storms

Resilient radio networks keep agencies communicating despite power disruptions and extreme rain.

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Back on track

New technologies for location apps help track people where GPS can't. How do you track a firefighter who has rushed into a smoke-laden, flame-filled building; a police officer chasing a suspect inside a shopping mall; or someone working deep within a mine?

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Formula 1 races: Safety gets up to speed

Radio communication supports security for F1 events. With Formula 1 race car drivers hitting speeds of 360 kilometers an hour -achieving acceleration of more than 5G, or five times the force of the earth's gravity - perhaps it's no surprise that crashes were once part of the scene at Grand Prix races.

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Smart financials for smart grids

How to know if smart grid communication will deliver a smart return on your investment. We’re more dependent on reliable energy supplies than ever before. Energy companies are investing in smart grids to improve reliability and resilience, and cut operational costs.

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Take note of the digital future

5 reminders of making multimedia-capable critical communication networks happen. The near future will see more calls to emergency centres arriving in a digital format.

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Myth-buster: Radio power

Three myths about radio power — busted. Does a more powerful mobile radio enjoy better coverage? Does the base station hear the radio better? Will the radio itself perform better? Well, not exactly...

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Keeping railways and metro connected

The best ways that radio communications can serve railways and metro. Radio communication is an important tool for railways and metro. Make sure to consider the following pointers when planning and implementing a comms system.

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Digital radio: How could we live without it?

Why digital radio is better than analogue. Users who have switched to digital radio from analogue communication often wonder how they ever managed before. But what's the difference between digital and analogue? And what makes digital so great for trunked radio systems?

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Horse sense in Helsinki

What does it take to be a good mounted police officer? Mounted police are an elite bunch: Just eight officers are teamed up with horses in Helsinki, for example.

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Case study: Belgian bus company TEC

Running smoothly now - ASTRID keeps the transport operator connected. Bus drivers and controllers can now shuttle seamlessly between the Belgian cities of Liège and Verviers. That's because transport operator TEC (Terre En Commun) has joined ASTRID, Belgium's countrywide public safety radio network.

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Case study: Belgium customs

ASTRID helps fight cross-border drug traffic between Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Over 6000 calls a day?

TETRA takes the strain for Qatar’s ambulance service.

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No fear for parking attendants

With a new alarm solution using the Airbus TH1n radio, parking attendants in the Danish municipality of Frederiksberg can now feel more secure.

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Baby-savers: New alerts quickly call medics to the rescue

Medical staff can get alerts on their TETRA radios. Alerting them as a group saves vital minutes in the race to save a baby's life.

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