First Responders around the world demand mission-critical capable communication networks and applications. For this reason, the PowerTrunk-T TETRA infrastructure was designed over ten years ago following no-single-point-of-failure principles. In addition, embedded applications such as Synchronous Data Manager (SDM) and others allow users to implement truly optimized solutions.
TETRA or P25?
Based on its well-proven, resilient PowerTrunk-T HW platform, PowerTrunk25 was developed to offer TETRA and/or P25 solutions in a single network. While P25 is the traditional land mobile radio standard for public safety in North America, TETRA was indeed designed to serve the public-safety community worldwide. Today there are TETRA networks that serve first responders in Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, UAE, Lebanon, South Africa, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mexico, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Peru, Brazil and other countries. PowerTrunk is proud to have supplied many of these, including Rio de Janeiro’s Public Safety TETRA network and the Brazilian Federal Highway Police TETRA system with over 700 radio sites. For the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Military Police and other first responders will rely on a TETRA network supplied by PowerTrunk as they likewise did during the FIFA World Cup 2014.
Present and Future
In North America, PowerTrunk’s policy is therefore to propose the best of both standards, TETRA and P25, which can be combined to implement hybrid solutions depending on user requirements. For this purpose, PowerTrunk conducts a continuous and comprehensive certification process to assure all its products are compliant with the applicable Federal Communications Commission and Industry Canada rules in regard to radio emission requirements and interoperability. P25 is the present, but TETRA could be part of the future for US and Canadian first responders.
Narrowband land mobile radio is not the only technology PowerTrunk advocates. While TETRA and P25 will remain as the preferred and necessary choices for mission-critical applications, the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard achieves a greater degree of maturity every day. A new range of LTE products is being developed by PowerTrunk to address the professional market. Though LTE is known by the public as 4G, the dominant standard for commercial cellular systems, LTE can also serve the purpose of complementing narrowband LMR systems to offer much higher data throughput at certain hot spots and/or wider areas of first responders’ interest.
For all these reasons, PowerTrunk advocates hybrid systems to combine the benefits of TETRA, P25, and LTE, as deemed appropriate and necessary to address its customers’ requirements.
PowerTrunk’s veteran CeCoCo® Series is continuously upgraded with additional features and technologies. Built around a powerful digital switching matrix that can be cascaded for scalability, CeCoCo redundant servers support several applications to allow users for implementing a variety of dispatching solutions. Its Service, Communications, GIS, and Video modules cover all possible user requirements. In addition, it can be connected to PowerTrunk’s LMR and LTE infrastructures through high-speed Ethernet/IP lines to save valuable radio resources for other purposes. Flavored CeCoCo configurations such as CeCoFleet, CeCoTrans, and CeCoCo for 911 are available.
A Single Multi-Technology Infrastructure
- Unified redundant Network Controller.
- Minimal Base Station HW by sharing common elements (power supply, combiners, etc.).
- Single control room application with patching and communication capabilities.
- PSTN/PABX access restricted per fleet.
- Seamless private and group calls between TETRA and P25.
- LTE Overlay (high-res video, fast database access, etc.).
Integrated Mission Critical Voice and Broadband Data
- Combined mission-critical voice and broadband data in a single network.
- Unbeatable coverage footprint.
- Dynamic resource selection at the Network Operation Center.
- Sharing network elements optimizes OPEX and increases ROI.
- First Responders: Interoperable subscribers with basic display.
- Operations: Cost-effective subscribers with GPS, Bluetooth, and WAP Browser.
Mobile Broadband – MVC-6000: Multi-Bearer Vehicle Console
Anticipating future trends, POWERTRUNK presents the new MVC 6000 as a product that seamlessly integrates narrowband and broadband radio technologies.
To describe a realistic scenario concerning its use, consider for example a city with full TETRA coverage and with LTE broadband system coverage overlap. In the event of an emergency, a control center could broadcast the GPS location of the incident via TETRA to the available patrols and navigation software gives the mobile users the best driving directions without margin for error.
From the scene of the incident, video transmitted from vehicle cameras could also be selected for viewing by an operator at the control center.
In this manner, the command center has the best real-time information to make the proper decisions to manage the incident, with voice communications relying on the TETRA radio network.
In the event that not all vehicles are under broadband coverage the MVC 6000 can manage additional communication interfaces such as commercial 3G/4G and WiFi.
The available services are displayed in the GIS screen through a keep-alive mechanism via TETRA Short Data Service (SDS).
CeCoCo® Series: Coordination and Control Center solutions
The CeCoCo® Series provide comprehensive solutions for multi-agency and multi-function Computer Aided Dispatch. The high-performance, unmatched reliability and easy scalability of the CeCoCo range allows different configurations to meet the requirements of different operational functions such as:
- Law Enforcement, EMS, and Fire dispatch
- 911 call centers
- Intelligent Transport Dispatch
- General purpose CAD
The CeCoCo design allows the system to exceed the requirements of a control center:
- Process and resolve incidents efficiently, achieving fast response times.
- Resource optimization allows considerably reducing displacement time and costs.
- Resources integration allows for coordinating operators and entire organizations.
- Smooth migration planning and interoperability with legacy systems.
Frequency Bands / Regulations
- 409-430 MHz – IC RSS-119
- 450-470 MHz – FCC Part 90 / IC RSS-119
- 806-870 MHz – IC RSS-119
- 809-824/854-869 MHz – FCC Part 90
- 764-870 MHz(*) – FCC Part 90 – 90.221, 90.547, 90.548. 90.203(i) / IC RSS-119
TETRA-interoperable D-LMR (TI D-LMR) – ADDITIONAL BANDS
- 806-809/851-854 MHz (currently subject to a freeze pending on FCC Rulemaking)
- 409-470 MHz – FCC Parts 90 & 22 (data modem, subject to FCC license approval)
- 409-470 MHz – FCC Part 90 / IC RSS-119
- 764-870 MHz – FCC Part 90 / IC RSS-119