Airbus throws spotlight on Tactilon Dabat to develop apps for local security agencies
Airbus will throw the spotlight on the Tactilon Dabat, the world’s first integrated smartphone and full TETRA radio–all rolled into one, during their first time participation at the 20th edition of Intersec, the world’s leading trade fair for Security, Safety and Fire Protection, which opens today, January 21, and will run until January 23, 2018 in Dubai. The company will also be highlighting the pioneering device’s influential role in encouraging local security agencies to develop and use apps for mission critical situations. The Tactilon Dabat comes fully equipped with Android features and special ergonomics for radio use, which consolidates its position as a smart, strong and secure device offering full critical connectivity.
Airbus is one of the featured partners of Professional Communication Corporation – Nedaa, the Dubai Government safe networks provider, at their pavilion located at Stall no. D-18 of Sheikh Saeed Hall 3. The company’s strong ties with Nedaa is expected to help showcase the significant role of modern devices like the Tactilon Dabat and the importance of public safety mission critical LTE networks–particularly in the continuing move towards smart city transformations.
Airbus’ participation will give them the opportunity to showcase their capabilities to integrate with multi-vendor LTE in a safe and secure way, which allows the grouping of smartphones and TETRA radios under one cluster. The Tactilon Dabat is being hailed as a huge leap in TETRA evolution. Sleekly designed with a regular fully rugged smartphone look, the revolutionary device offers special multi-purpose push-to-talk buttons that are familiar fixtures on Airbus TETRA radios. It has a wide touchscreen ideal for sending messages and also has a physical push-to-talk (PTT) button for easy use when talking to other TETRA groups. The unit, which is powered by a 4600 mAh changeable, long lasting and rechargeable battery, is rated both IP65 and IP67.
Selim Bouri, Head of Middle East North Africa and Asia-Pacific for Secure Land Communications at Airbus, said: “We are very excited to participate for the first time at Intersec, which provides us a strategic platform to leverage our products and services while also increasing awareness on the importance of Hybrid/LTE networks, especially for mission critical situations. The GCC region represents a very large and highly strategic market for us, which has expressed a continuously increasing demand for this kind of technology. Being at this year’s show will give us the opportunity to network with private and public companies and organizations–exploring potential partnership opportunities and joint cooperation.”
Airbus will also feature the latest version of Tactilon Agnet, which now allow mission critical personnel like police officers or firefighters to communicate securely with based terminals and dispatchers by using LTE smartphones. As this newer and updated version makes all Tetra terminal services available for smartphone users—including push to talk, messaging, and geolocation.
Both the Tactilon Agnet and the Tactilon Dabat demonstrate the future of seamless TETRA and LTE integration. Looking to fully realize the capabilities of this integration, Airbus and Nedaa have revealed a strategy that is expected to drive in a new level of safe and secure broadband services–combined with the features of faster, safer and secure methods of transferring data, pictures, videos and voice utilizing the LTE network.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of €67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
Secure Land Communications
Secure Land Communications (SLC), a business unit of Airbus, develops, installs and maintains professional and land mobile radio (PMR/LMR) networks based on Tetra, Tetrapol and P25 technologies and offers a wide range of radio solutions and devices for customers worldwide. The portfolio also encompasses mission-critical broadband solutions based on 3GPP standards and emergency response centres (911/112). SLC is a leader in PMR, with more than 280 radio networks in over 74 countries, and the US leader for 911 response centres with the VESTA 911 call handling solution serving more than 60% of the market. SLC employs nearly 1,700 people in 19 countries.