French Ministry Transitions Public-Safety Network to IP Technology (6/28/12)
To prepare for the future of the French national shared transmission infrastructure, Infrastructure Nationale Partageable des Transmissions (INPT), the French Ministry of the Interior commissioned Cassidian to migrate Corsica’s INPT network to IP technology.
Corsica was one of the first regions in which the national INPT network was installed. Known as Acropol at the time, the network was deployed there in 2002. It comprises 21 radio stations distributed between two basic networks, one to cover Upper Corsica and one for South Corsica. It is used by the police and will soon also serve the fire brigade.
The equipment will be installed in the second half of 2012, with operational deployment scheduled for the beginning of 2013.
The IP migration of Corsica’s INPT network will give the teams of the French Interior Ministry’s information and communications systems department a good understanding of the technical, operational and organizational aspects involved in migrating and managing a Tetrapol IP network, thus benefitting similar potential developments in mainland France.
The INPT network migration is part of the ministry’s plan to pragmatically envisage the future of its networks from an operational, financial and technological point of view. As part of this same plan, field trials with Cassidian’s latest high-speed network solutions based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology are scheduled to take place with the Interior Ministry in late 2012.
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