The office for Civil Protection in South Tyrol has awarded Airbus Defence and Space and its Austrian partner company, Centre Communications Systems, an extension contract for the Tetra radio communication network in South Tyrol, Italy.

The award of this second-phase contract with a total value of €3.5 million was achieved by the Airbus Defence and Space-led consortium only one year after signing the first contract. The Tetra network will replace over 40 analogue communications systems currently used by the civil protection organisations. Thanks to the extension the whole province will be covered by secure digital radio communications.

The contract includes an extension of the radio coverage by 47 sites up to a total of 102 sites using the advanced Tetra TB3 base station. The redundancy and capacity of the network will be increased by the delivery of a second digital Tetra DXT3 switch, which will also support easy extensions in the future to fill remaining coverage gaps.

The Tetra system in South Tyrol will provide a high level of support for the cooperation of various professional and voluntary organisations, such as firefighters, mountain rescuers, first responders, forestry services, civil protection and motorway maintenance personnel by enabling them to communicate directly with one another. In addition, using one Tetra network for all radio communication will greatly reduce operation and maintenance costs.