Sepura partner Selectric has signed an agreement with the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz to supply essential firmware updates and licences for all existing and contracted BOS radio terminals used by police and other security organisations in the region. Through this agreement, all of the state's police and other security organisations on the BOS network have access to current and future firmware and the required licences to ensure up-to-date, effective functionality. "The completion of this arrangement ensures the continuation of smooth radio communication as all Sepura BOS terminals now have the latest firmware updates and licenses," says Philipp Ramer, Vice President of the Rheinland-Pfalz Department for Police Operations, Logistics and Technology.
The introduction of digital radio in 2006, and the successive rollout in the individual federal states over the past twelve years, has enabled the registration of more than 800,000* subscribers of the BOS digital radio network. Of these registered subscribers, one third are police BOS users and the remaining 517,000 are users from non-police security organisations. Due to the gradual rollout of procurement by different federal states, the emergency services work with a range of Sepura TETRA terminal models and software versions. Regular firmware updates are essential to ensure the continued effectiveness of wireless communications.
Software upgrades include not only the latest BDBOS features but have been further enhanced with a high number of new functionalities, which have been developed, based on the feedback of the public safety users in Germany. These new functionality developments follow a concerted effort by Sepura to ensure we understand and serve our customers in Germany with the best TETRA terminals to enable effective mission critical communication.
Hendrik Pieper, Managing Director of SELECTRIC added: "We are pleased to support the state of Rheinland-Pfalz - one of the pioneers of the German federal state digital radio use - which has opted for this solution to ensure continued effective digital radio communications into the future."
* Source: BDBOS