Cassidian’s radio communication technology secured the XXII Ibero- American Summit in Spain
13 December 2012
- Ibero-American Summit was attended by 15 heads of state and government, 1,200 delegates and 1,300 journalists from 35 countries.
- The number of Sirdee (Sistema de Radiocomunicaciones Digitales de Emergencia del Estado) network users more than doubled without any impact on network performance during the event.
- Cassidian supported Telefónica, a Spanish network operator, in its network maintenance services for the user organisations, and helped provide 24/7 emergency support.
The Spanish Police relied on Cassidian's secure radio communication technology to secure the XXII Ibero-American Summit in the Andalusian city of Cadiz. 15 heads of state and government and 1,200 delegates attended this event. The King and Queen of Spain, together with Royal Princes and the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, were among the distinguished participants at the summit. Over 2800 members of the Spanish security forces were in action at the summit to guarantee the safety of the heads of state and government. Together they generated traffic that was seven times higher than normally in the busiest base station. The Sirdee network provided excellent communications services in this highly-demanding environment. The system enabled all users to communicate with confidence to protect VIPs, delegates and journalists.
Aside from providing the technology, Cassidian actively participated in the maintenance support for the Sirdee users: National Police, Guardia Civil, the Spanish Royal House and Prime Minister’s Offices, and together with Telefónica, provided joint continuous 24/7 emergency support. The number of Sirdee network users more than doubled in the area, without any impact on network performance. Individual calls increased by 195% on the busiest day, and full availability was provided to the users. Group calls also increased by 60%.
Deployed since 2000, Cassidian’s Sirdee network comprises the Spanish national mobile voice and data communications network based on an infrastructure of Tetrapol digital security radio communications technology, supplied by Cassidian. In addition to the MoI organisations consisting of the Guardia Civil and National Police, several other user organisations have joined Sirdee. Besides providing the technology, Cassidian carries out the maintenance support for Sirdee users and provides 24/7 emergency support, working with Telefónica.
Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2011, Cassidian – with around 28,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.8 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than 133,000.