Airbus successfully carries out French LTE4PMR project


Airbus successfully carries out French LTE4PMR project

The French LTE4PMR project has now been successfully concluded by Airbus and its partners.

The LTE4PMR (long-term evolution for professional mobile radio) project worked towards the development of a secure broadband communication solution for public safety users in France.

A demonstration using realistic conditions has recently taken place in the national training centre of the French gendarmerie nationale in Saint-Astier, near the city of Périgueux in Southwestern France. The LTE4PMR solution has enabled police officers to transmit encrypted multimedia information through the new LTE system, using the Airbus collaboration tool Tactilon Agnet — which allows the exchange of data, videos and photos.

“Together with our partners, we progressed in developing the next-generation communication solutions for professionals. France is at the forefront of the global quest for such solutions, which include multimedia information on top of secure voice communication,” said Eric Davalo, Head of Strategic Development for Secure Land Communications at Airbus.

The research and development consortium LTE4PMR consisted of French telecommunication companies and universities: the Institut Mines-Télécom — a public institution in France dedicated to research in the fields of engineering, digitalisation and innovation — contributed to modelling and theoretical studies; Nokia helped to establish the communication infrastructure for LTE4PMR; and Sequans Communications supplied and integrated the LTE4PMR chipset and services.

The project’s goal was to develop a mission-critical broadband solution that meets the demands of the public safety sector, for instance the police, firefighters and paramedics. LTE4PMR, with a total budget of around €51 million, was partly funded by the French authorities, through the French Banque Publique d’Investissement (BPI) and the French Programmes d’Investissement d’Avenir.

Image courtesy of Airbus.

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