Southern Tyrol TETRA network gets a workout at Biathlon World Cup

Northern Italian province uses the public two-way radio communications network provided by Airbus for the first time to support a large event in Antholz

Southern Tyrol TETRA network gets a workout at Biathlon World Cup

The new TETRA network in the Italian region of South Tyrol went through a large-scale operational test recently when it was used to support public safety organisations during the Biathlon World Cup 2017 in Antholz/Anterselva in late January. The solution, provided by Airbus, enabled a fast and reliable communication between members of the event personnel.

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) organised the competition and co-ordinated many helping hands, such as doctors, drivers and organising staff to ensure a smooth course of action. Therefore, a resilient professional mobile radio communication network was indispensable as thousands of fans attended the winter sport event.

“The World Cup organisers and the South Tyrolean Civil Protection agencies operating the network were very happy with our radiocommunications technology. Everything worked perfectly well during the event,” said Markus Kolland, Head of Sales and Program delivery Europe and Africa of Secure Land Communications at Airbus.

Besides the TETRA network with TB3 base stations and DXT3 switches, Airbus TETRA radios and accessories were also used in Antholz including the handheld THR9i radio, which was appreciated by staff for its ease of use and intuitive operation, the company reported.

Together with the Austrian company STRABAG Infrastructure & Safety Solutions, Airbus has been installing the state TETRA radio network for the autonomous province of Bolzano-Bozen.

The single digital radio network for civil protection and security personnel will replace more than 40 individual analogue networks. Since 2016, Airbus has been offering services and products via its regional partner Avionic Service GmbH in Bolzano.

Copyright photo: Biathlon Weltcup Komitee Antholz

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