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Trustive, a provider of WiFi hotspots in Europe, has today announced that it has signed a partnership with Azur Helicoptere, the leading French helicopter airline on the Riviera.  The partnership will allow Azur Helicoptere to provide its customers with WiFi access at premium locations across the French Riviera.

Visitors to the upcoming Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Formula One Grand Prix will be the first to be able to take advantage of Azur Helicoptere's ‘Riviera WiFi Pass', allowing them to easily roam across more than 130 Trustive hotspots from Monaco to St Tropez.  The hotspots are located at premium locations including airports, the Film Festival centre, cafes, restaurants and hotels in the region.

Trustive currently covers more than 30,000 WiFi hotspots worldwide across 70 different networks, including most European airports and many other prime locations. Trustive offers both monthly subscription and pre-paid services and is meeting user demand to provide seamless access to a global network of hotspots.

Christian VanGhelder, managing director of Trustive, said: "With the upcoming Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix, there is going to be a huge influx of visitors requiring mobile internet access.  Our ‘Riviera WiFi Pass' will alleviate the hassle of getting online and provide customers with seamless access to a number of premium hotspots during their stay."  

Michel de Rohozinski, president of Azur Helicoptere, said: "Offering WiFi access enables us to provide an added value service to our customers.  Many of our customers require internet access during their visits, so by partnering with Trustive we can now offer them both a great flying and WiFi experience."

Huawei Technologies has installed a 2,700km long optical NG-WDM (Next Generation-Wavelength Division Multiplexing) backbone network for Magyar Telekom in Hungary in three months.

The backbone, which covers all of the country including the capital city Budapest, is based on Huawei's OTN/ASON-based WDM platform and enables Magyar Telekom to migrate from providing traditional voice-oriented services through its previous DWDM system to providing next generation data-oriented services to its customers.

The network is claimed to provide high-reliability, efficient bandwidth provisioning and long-distance optical transmission capabilities, reducing the CAPEX and OPEX for the operator, while increasing transmission bandwidth to 10Gb/s per channel, which can be quadrupled to 40Gb/s per channel. This means that Magyar Telekom will be able to provide fast, next-generation services, such as 3G mobile, IPTV and HDTV to its customers in the future, claims Huawei.

"I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Huawei," said Thomas Bertram, CTO of Magyar Telekom, fixed network. "I am confident that the application of this new technology will enable us to offer our customers the next-generation services that they desire."

"I am delighted to say that we have managed to deploy a NG-WDM network for Magyar Telekom," added Wan Zhi, managing director of Huawei Hungary. "As a company, we remain committed to helping Magyar Telekom provide its customers with the best services both now and in the future."

According to new a research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of cellular network connections used for machine-to-machine communication will grow from 37.5 million connections in 2007 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 37.9 percent to 186 million connections in 2012. GSM and legacy technologies currently dominate the market and accounted for about 71 percent of the total number of active connections at the end of 2007. CDMA was the second largest technology with a strong foothold in North America and parts of Asia-Pacific. WCDMA has so far primarily been adopted for machine-to-machine applications in Japan. Elsewhere the adoption is held back by high component costs and limited network coverage, says Berg.
 
It also says it has found that machine-to-machine applications today in general correspond to between 1-3 percent of the reported number of mobile subscribers in developed markets. In Sweden and Finland the share is closer to 10 percent due to extensive use of GPRS for meter reading applications. However, Berg Insight forecasts that vehicle telematics applications will dominate the machine-to-machine cellular market in most parts of the world and account for more than half of all network connections in 2012.

"Safety and security concerns - manifested either in public regulations or customer preferences - is tipping the balance in favour of massive rollouts of telematics applications by the global automotive industry", says Tobias Ryberg, senior analyst, Berg Insight. "In North America, OnStar already gives peace of mind to millions of drivers. Europe is well on the way to introducing the eCall automatic emergency call system and several Latin American countries are considering mandatory tracking devices on all new cars to combat epidemic vehicle crime."

A survey by Adax Europe, an industry leader in high performance signaling infrastructure, reveals that nearly three quarters of telco vendors still believe that support for their SS7 infrastructure is essential to their long term business. 

According to the survey of telecommunication vendors based throughout Europe, despite operators migrating to IP networks at an astonishing rate, 72 percent of those surveyed still hadn't phased out their SS7 infrastructure entirely and claimed that ongoing support was vital to business.

A closer look into the views of European vendors revealed that 74 percent believed it was very important that their infrastructure was compatible with both new and old technology. Operators are at different stages in their IP migration paths and this figure demonstrates how many vendors are still trying to squeeze as much as they can out of their existing signaling networks and investments before committing to the transition to an all IP infrastructure.

The survey also asked the question, what are the key product features which vendors put above others when looking at their telecommunications infrastructure?  67 percent explained that high performance and high link density was their largest priority when reviewing product features, followed by the number of trunks per board.

Robin Kent, Director, European Operations at Adax says, "The survey showed us that although the telco world will eventually become IP-networked this transition is not yet complete and many operators are still looking to support their SS7 infrastructure.  It is inevitable that one day most telecommunication infrastructures will be based upon IP systems but that is clearly still a way off.  Until then operators need to manage the transition as smoothly as possible and that is why Adax continues to invest in both SS7 and SIGTRAN (SS7 over IP) product developments".

MERA Systems, industry-leading developer of tandem softswitches and session border controllers for VoIP, has announced the launch of MERA VoIP Transit Softstwitch Pro (MVTS Pro). The solution is a next generation Class 4 softswitch with session border controller functionality. MVTS Pro main job includes collection, switching and transcoding of VoIP traffic, management of signaling and media data streams and border access control.

The new MERA softswitch supports kernel level SIP/H.323 translation and performs codec conversion, which guarantees excellent quality of service and seamless connectivity with partner and corporate networks.  The system is designed to process up to 1000 new calls per second and provides carriers with elaborate analysis tools for network control and resolution of quality of service (QoS) problems. Call routing is performed by the softswitch intrinsic mechanisms (based on a diversity of parameters) and external mechanisms (RADIUS API which interfaces with third-party routing and billing systems).

MVTS Pro key benefit is the solution's flexibility in terms of functionality and integration into the existing carrier's network. Deployed as a key element of the VoIP network, the new MERA solution functions as a SIP-registrar/H.323 Gatekeeper/ H.323 RAS endpoint/RADIUS NAS port or SIP/H.323 signaling proxy. MVTS Pro serves as a single entry point into the carrier's network and allows flexible choice of the necessary proxy mode for individual gateways and destinations. Interaction with third-party billing applications and billing management systems is provided by a RADIUS API. These capabilities of MVTS Pro serve as a fertile land for carriers to deploy the softswitch according to their most immediate needs.

Another important advantage of the new MERA softswitch is its modular architecture.  MVTS Pro comprises two functional layers: Traffic Switch and Traffic Manager. Traffic switch handles H.323 and SIP VoIP traffic, performs kernel level protocol translation, functions as a session border controller and the source of call statistics. Traffic Manager is the system's intelligence that provides means for authentication of VoIP endpoints, traffic balancing policies implementation, call analysis, number validation and transformation, quality of service (QoS) control, generation of all relevant details for third-party billing systems. The MVTS Pro modular architecture allows for optimization of the system's capacity use in geographically distributed networks, provides for high quality service and a variety of back up scenarios.    

"MVTS Pro is a next generation of the award-winning MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch version 1. But in comparison with its predecessor MVTS Pro delivers better system capacity, modular architecture, various redundancy schemes and other benefits,"- says Konstantin Nikashov, CEO of MERA Systems. "The new MERA softswitch should be of interest to our MVTS customers but we also expect new clientele. Carriers that process 5-10 million minutes per month and need top-level fault-tolerant operation may find that MVTS Pro perfectly fits their requirements".

The solution was field-tested on the networks of major VoIP carriers worldwide and will be commercially available in June 2008.

Nakina Systems has announced that it is participating in an initiative to form a multi-service business gateway (MSBG) alliance along with LSI Corporation and several other companies. Companies involved with this effort are focused on delivering an industry-wide open system with a complete solution for current and next-generation business services. Nakina's market-leading management software supports the MSBG market with a multi-vendor, multi-domain, carrier-grade, scalable and secure network and element management solution that enables service providers and network equipment vendors to rapidly deploy new services.

"Nakina brings expertise as a network management solution provider and integrator," said Charlie Kawwas, vice president of segment marketing, LSI. "Nakina's carrier-class management solutions are important in creating highly flexible and scalable solutions customers demand."

The MSBG is designed to provide an elegant solution to small and medium business locations by providing a one-box solution with a multitude of functionality including routing, unified communication, multi-service WAN, security (VPN, intrusion detection, anti-spam) and mobility services. Rather than purchasing and managing each of these services separately, the enterprise can now save time and maintenance costs by including all of them in one MSBG. MSBGs provide service providers and value-added resellers with a platform for delivering new applications and services to these market segments.

"Customers are asking the industry for pre-integrated solutions that provide rapid time to market and a high level of reliability," said Mary O'Neill, vice president of market development, Nakina Systems. "Our ongoing relationship with LSI has allowed us to deliver this for the MSBG and the business services market. This represents another proof point of our business strategy to work with key network equipment vendors to develop and deliver Nakina Network OS-ready management solutions that enable the rapid deployment of new services."

The 2008 NAB Show was another fantastic exhibition for Digital Rapids. With record crowds visiting its booth, and incredible customer response to its new announcements and established products, the NAB Show was outstanding from start to finish. Below are some of the highlights of its NAB announcements.
          
           
StreamZ Live Family Expands with New Mobile Streaming Encoder

Digital Rapids has unveiled a new mobile-targeted model in the company's StreamZ Live line of live streaming encoders. The new StreamZ Live encoder for 3GPP/Mobile supports AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2 and H.263 video with AAC-LC and AMR audio for reaching both older and recent mobile phones..
          
Digital Rapids Extends Encoding Leadership with Version 2.5 Software Upgrades

Digital Rapids has unveiled new version 2.5 of the StreamPro and StreamEnterprise software for their award-winning DRC-Stream, StreamZ and StreamZHD encoding solutions. Version 2.5 offers expanded compression and file format support, enhanced video processing plug-ins, and extended DVD publishing capabilities.

          
Digital Rapids Unveils Version 2.0 of Flexible CarbonHD Digital Disk Recorder

Digital Rapids has announced a significant new version of the CarbonHD DDR. CarbonHD 2.0 features a new user interface design and provides access to the robust capabilities offered by CarbonHD's powerful hardware, including JPEG2000 compression and integrated HD/SD format conversion.
          
Digital Rapids to Provide Encoding, Transcoding and Streaming Systems for NBC's Online Coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games

Digital Rapids and NBC Universal have announced that Digital Rapids has been selected to provide media encoding, transcoding and streaming systems to NBC for the network's Internet coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games from Beijing, China.

In today's converged telecoms the market is increasingly challenging for operators resulting in greater diversity than ever before in services and customer behavior. Moreover, with an ever-growing number of players in the market, it is easy for users to switch from one operator to another. As a result of this the churn is still the most talked about topic for all telecoms companies.

With this in mind and due to enormous success of Jacob Fleming's last year CRM event (with more than 80 participants!!), they have produced the most awaiting for CRM event of 2008 "4th Annual Strategic CRM in Telecoms" (taking place 8-9 October, in Barcelona). Following upon a precise and detailed research, this, without a doubt, a very successful conference will be discussing the latest CRM strategies in telecoms. During the three HIGHLY INTERACTIVE days the participants will be able to share insights and experiences as well as take part in interactive sessions and examine the best CRM practices of 2008.

 

Another exceptional benefit of this event is the one day pre-conference workshop "Linking Positive Customer Experience with Customer Performance", taking place 7th October, which will enable the participants to discover the basic drivers of customer experience illustrated by successful experiences and examine the way they impact customer performances. This intensive and interactive format will help define appropriate and realistic framework for Customer Experience Management contributing to customer performance practices.

You might be glad to hear that the event has been put together under the close guidance from the very well know BT and Vodafone CRM Specialists. The presentations and case studies will ensue from T-Mobile International, mobilkom austria, KPN, MTS, O2, Telenor Pakistan and well as PTC Era and many others...

Once at the event you are guaranteed to meet and greet the foremost CRM experts, Vice presidents, Heads, Directors and Senior Managers responsible for CRM, Customer Care, Customer Service, Customer Experience, Consumer Loyalty, Customer Retention, Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Database Marketing etc.

Jacob Fleming is well known for their high level, 5 star exceptional events, providing the best knowledge exchange and networking opportunities across the globe. With offices in Bratislava (Slovakia), Prague (Czech Republic), Budapest (Hungary), Barcelona (Spain), Dubai (UAE) and Cleveland (USA) specialize in organizing prestigious international conferences for Europe and GCC region, providing groundbreaking strategies and proven technical expertise in both business functional areas and vertical markets through energy, finance, media, pharmaceutical and telecom sectors.

For more information about the above mentioned event and the complete company overview contact Silvia Anderson on +421 257 272 131 or visit: http://www.jacobfleming.com/conferences/telecom/4th-annual-crm-in-telecoms?partner=eurocomms

U4EA has introduced its Fusion 500 newest gateway to enable IP communications while preserving the investment in legacy PBXs for small and medium enterprises. The Fusion 500 combines analog phone and PRI/digital PBX interfaces, stateful firewall, NAT, VPN support, multiple WAN interface types, a dual redundant power option and emergency connections to the PSTN.

FusionView 700 EMS
U4EA's FusionView 700 Element Management System (EMS) is an advanced system that provides centralized monitoring of tens, hundreds or thousands of devices for call quality, configuration management and network performance information essential to network managers.

Mobile television services have been available for some time now but are yet to really take off. However, a new forecast released by market analysis firm ABI research expects mobile TV subscribers to reach 462 million worldwide by 2012.  Questions remain as to what will drive this take-up, as many consumers are still unwilling to use the service or pay to receive television on the move.  So, asks Weijie Yun, what are the factors preventing mass take-up and how can the industry address them to reap the benefits of widespread usage of mobile television?

There has been much debate in Europe around industry growth and how a common standard could encourage mass consumer take-up. Viviane Reding, EU Telecoms Commissioner, spoke at a mobile TV conference at CeBIT in March last year and noted that we (the industry) are too slow and too uncoordinated to create the right conditions for a quick take up of mobile TV on a large scale in Europe. Reding said that according to some estimates, around 200 million Europeans could be viewing television via a handheld terminal by 2015 and the market could be worth ?20 billion. She believes that mobile TV is still a nascent market in Europe, and much more remains to be done. Reding believes that only with economies of scale will we have an efficient use of spectrum, affordable handsets and rapid consumer take-up. Reding continues to give strong support to European standardised solutions such as DVB-H if they provide certainty about technology licensing terms and conditions.

Within Europe, consumers and the industry itself often envisage mobile TV to involve the creation of content specifically designed to be viewed on the mobile phone and a requirement of additional spectrum for delivery.  However, there are other options available now and without such additional investment required. Free-to-air broadcasting to mobile devices can be achieved quickly and easily with minimal time and revenue investment from the industry. This has the potential to really jump-start consumer interest as it is offering free and familiar content.

Looking at other mobile technologies, the wider adoption of mobile Internet has proved that to follow a ‘walled garden' approach, in other words restricting consumer's access to their own developed content and removing full choice, has not been conducive to encouraging mass market adoption.  Research repeatedly shows that people want ‘the Internet' on their devices, rather than the ‘mobile Internet'. Muted adoption followed much initial hype and consumer uptake did not increase until the industry adapted its mindset to allow true use of Internet on the move and with it, more consumer choice and access to familiar content. This, coupled with changes in the technology and market conditions, made the experience acceptable in terms of quality and cost to the mass consumer market.

The provision of free and familiar content can help to achieve widespread usage, as it did in the case of mobile Internet. Free-to-air mobile TV, providing access to exactly the same content we consume on our televisions, can be made available to encourage consumers to trial the use of the service and become accepting of viewing television content when on the move, whether on mobile phones or other portable devices such as laptops. Consumers have shown interest in mobile TV but have been unwilling to commit to signing up and paying out for a subscription to content they are not familiar with. They have shown a preference for local sports, news and programming. The free-to-air route allows consumers to become comfortable with viewing television content on their mobile devices and making it more likely they will then become receptive to paying for premium content.
In addition to content, other key factors driving take-up of mobile TV involve a successful convergence of standards, infrastructure and spectrum.

Adoption of a new preferred standard can be problematic. It needs to be stable, ubiquitous and easy to implement, and regulation can also be tricky to navigate. It can take years for a technology to mature such that commercial solutions can be effectively developed, deployed and made compatible. And, while we are firmly focused on the digital switchover in Europe, only 12 per cent of the global population will have their analogue broadcast signals turned off by 2012.

Infrastructure, in turn, demands significant investment - base station towers, land on which the towers sit, ability to get content from the broadcasters to the towers and any other quality-of-service mechanisms necessary to get TV content onto the airwaves. 3 Italia is a prime example in that it has spent around £80 million on its own broadcasting network, which covers 75 per cent of the country, and enabling production of its own content for customers. This essentially makes it a media company moving into different areas of expertise. After a year of operation, 800,000 of the available eight million subscribers were using the mobile TV service, but is such an investment needed to create a successful mobile TV market?

A common misconception is that digital networks are the only solution available for mobile TV deployment because analogue networks could not be made mobile.  Recent technology advancements have now resulted in mobile analogue capability that provides an alternative to what was, a few years ago, thought a necessity.  With digital systems only as strong as their infrastructure deployment and nearest base station, this is of particular interest as it opens up access to a broadcast ecosystem that has been developed over sixty years and is now ubiquitous.

When we investigate all the factors required to make the service a success, the free-to-air model wins out. It leverages existing broadcast ecosystems that enjoy mature, global standards; spectrum that is already allocated; existing broadcast infrastructure; and familiar content. The consumer is rewarded with free mobile access to the live programming that they already view and enjoy on their televisions at home.  This is why DVB-T and analogue mobile TV services are gaining significant global momentum so far in 2008, outpacing DVB-H and other digital subscription-based mobile TV networks.

If it as easy as applying technology which has existed for decades, such as the television receiver chip, why have we not seen this made available to mobile devices before now? Much is to do with how that technology was originally designed. It was never made to be mobile. A technology breakthrough was required to deliver the picture quality, battery life and high speed mobility needed to deliver a quality consumer service and therefore positive experience.

A key requirement for free-to-air mobile TV services is that the solution should offer six or more hours of continuous mobile TV viewing time while delivering high picture quality. While common usage patterns to date have shown an average viewing time of 20 minutes, low power consumption for the TV feature is required so as not to disrupt the user's phone charging behaviour, so that the consumer does not have to adapt his or her usual routine. Common usage cases also show that consumers are watching TV while commuting to work or school, so the receiver must be able to maintain reception of a quality service while literally on the move.

Single-chip mobile TV receivers are now available that deliver the necessary sensitivity, ultra-low power consumption and high-speed mobility that let manufacturers, operators and consumers tap into the existing free-to-air ecosystem. There is no further investment required from broadcasters or operators. All that is required is to add a single-chip to mobile devices with minimal resource requirements. Free-to-air mobile TV is now given the opportunity to accelerate beyond the current forecasts and address a truly global market, providing solutions to consumers in regions receiving digital free-to-air TV as well as to the 5.5 billion people not covered by digital TV standards.  

Free-to-air mobile TV allows operators to leverage the existing broadcast ecosystem to educate and prepare consumers for the next generation of digital subscription services, once they become more widely available, at zero incremental cost.  This provides a cost-effective way for operators to trial mobile TV offerings in different markets, and provides operators and consumers direct and free access to broadcaster content.  Additionally, free-to-air mobile TV provides the opportunity for incremental revenue.  Viewers of mobile TV are likely to increase their use of voice consumption as a result of calling into the most popular shows.  In other parts of the world, operators are successfully using the free-to-air mobile TV feature as a way to attract and retain subscribers, reduce handset subsidies, and explore new revenue models such as targeted advertising and data network services such as SMS.  In the long run, a variation of these models may prove to be applicable to the European market as well.

Free-to-air mobile television provides the route to success for the industry. More education is needed to consider free-to-air mobile TV as a lucrative option to boost the uptake of mobile television and set the right foundation to introduce digital and premium made-for-mobile content going forward. This is a cost-efficient technology that is available to introduce mobile TV in an acceptable way to consumers, to acclimatise the market to the services. In the meantime, free-to-air can still prove to be a revenue generator for broadcasters and operators alike, all the while increasing the chances of consumers paying for premium content and accepting digital content once the industry is truly ready to do so.

Weijie Yun is CEO and President of Telegent Systems

O2 Germany has chosen Huawei Technologies as one of its partners for the expansion of the O2 mobile network in Germany. The agreement includes both the replacement of existing base stations and the planned construction of more than 8,000 new base stations by Huawei for GSM and UMTS.

The objective of the partnership is to increase the GSM network coverage of O2 in Germany to almost 100 percent and subsequently be in a position to exclusively supply O2 mobile customers with the company's proprietary network resources. Expansion steps taken by Huawei are to be completed by the end of 2009. At the same time, the infrastructure for the use of mobile data services will be expanded. O2 has plans to increase the UMTS supply in Germany to 60 percent. In addition, the company will expand the HSDPA network (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) and implement HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) based on Huawei's technological solutions within the scope of the proposed sub-project. HSDPA and HSUPA enable users to more rapidly exchange data when they are on the road, and to conveniently surf the mobile web.

"The cooperation with O2 in Germany marks a milestone for Huawei, with our abundant experience of 3G project delivery in Europe, we are confident that we can build a top class mobile network," says Wei Peng, managing director of Huawei Technologies in Germany. "We are pleased that O2 has demonstrated strong trust in our company. Huawei's leading GSM/UMTS/LTE unified solution will ensure O2 achieves smooth evolution and investment protection."

"In addition to the expansion of the network to almost 100 percent, our goal is to provide the most state-of-the-art network infrastructure for mobile voice and data communications by 2009," says Andrea Folgueiras, CTO for O2 Germany. "Huawei is the ideal partner to meet our requirements. Most important for O2 is Huawei's ability to integrate UMTS and GSM technology into a base station, as well as an easy transformation of one existing GSM base station to UMTS."

NextWave Wireless, a provider of mobile multimedia and wireless broadband technologies, in collaboration with Northrop Grumman and the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), has successfully completed a public safety network trial in the county of Sussex in the United Kingdom.

The trial, hosted by the Sussex Police, demonstrated several ways in which a mobile broadband network could increase security, help the police force respond faster to emergency services, and enable real-time transmission of time-sensitive crime scene forensics.

The trial was conducted during the fourth quarter of 2007 in Lewes, near Brighton, in the county of Sussex, UK, using a mobile broadband network powered by TD-CDMA technology from NextWave Wireless. A Universal Mobile Telecommunications System standards-based mobile broadband wireless technology, the technology delivers the broadband mobility, high capacity, reliability, and scalability required to meet the real-time, fail-safe demands of a public safety network.

Initiated through the NPIA's mobile information programme, which encourages police forces and private sector companies to come together to provide solutions to policing challenges such as public order, neighborhood policing, and investigations where mobile data can be valuable, the mobile broadband network trial allowed the Sussex Police to test the public safety solution from NextWave Wireless and its teammate Northrop Grumman in an operational setting.
 
"Recent comments made by the Home Secretary to make handsets or PDAs available to provide real-time data, particularly images, to those serving the front line have raised awareness about the need for mobile data capabilities in the police service," said Jon Ashe, Principal Scenes of Crime Officer, Sussex Police. "This is a fast-paced area of technical development which Sussex Police is committed to support, so we were eager to set rigorous trial objectives and pleased to see how effectively mobile broadband technologies could be implemented in the field."

During the trial, the Sussex Police used the mobile broadband network to successfully transmit streaming video from fixed positions, from body-worn apparatus, and from moving vehicles, tested at extreme pursuit speeds, to the command station at police headquarters. The trial also showed the value of high-speed mobile broadband in automotive pursuits and in potential arrest scenarios. Typically, databases used for Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) are updated only on a daily basis. With the mobile broadband network, ANPR databases in police cars could be updated in real time at any time without the intervention of - or knowledge of - the police officers in the car, ensuring that those on the front lines have the most accurate information at all times.

The Sussex Police also created simulated crime scenes to gauge how well the mobile broadband network could serve the police in "real-life" scenarios. Trainee detectives and officers of the Scenes of Crime unit, the police department's forensic service, used the mobile broadband network to successfully manage multiple crime scenes in real-time, while the live video feeds enabled real-time remote investigation of the crime scenes for the first time in UK policing. In addition to enabling real-time remote investigation, the public safety trial demonstrated that it was possible to significantly reduce the average amount of time between crime scene marks and identification of suspects under typical conditions from six days to 85 minutes.

The trial also showed that forensic evidence could be transmitted from the crime scene to the command station very quickly, thus facilitating operational and investigative coordination. The mobile broadband public safety network also allowed the police on the scene to immediately submit time-sensitive high-definition photographs, fingerprint lifts, and footmarks directly from the crime scene to specialised databases for recovery, matching and intelligence dissemination.

NextWave Wireless supplied the TD-CDMA Node B base stations and related core equipment for the mobile broadband public safety network, and provided installation, commissioning, and project management support services. Northrop Grumman supplied CCTV cameras, shoulder-mounted video cameras, tablet PCs, an Automatic Number Plate recognition (ANPR) camera and database control room facilities, and provided system integration services, project management, and technical support for the applications.

"We are extremely proud to have participated with Northrop Grumman, and the NPIA in this landmark public safety trial," said Dr. Bill Jones, Chief Executive Officer, NextWave Wireless Network Products. "The trial results clearly indicate the positive impact our mobile broadband solutions can have on improving the efficiency and accuracy of our public safety systems."

More than 10 companies or organizations visited the trial including Sir David Normington, the Permanent Secretary of State for the Home Office; the Olympic Security Directorate, the division of the [London] Metropolitan Police responsible developing security requirements for the 2012 Olympics; UK Government Department of Trade and Investment; Ofcom, the UK Telecoms regulator; senior NPIA management and Transport for London.

    

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