CASSIDIAN and French Ministry of the Interior prepare for IP migration of Corsica’s INPT network
28 June 2012
- Corsican IP-based INPT (Infrastructure Nationale Partageable des Transmissions) network to go operational in early 2013
- A decisive step in the development of the national INPT network
In the context of preparations for the future of the French national shared transmission infrastructure INPT (Infrastructure Nationale Partageable des Transmissions), the French Ministry of the Interior has commissioned Cassidian to migrate Corsica’s INPT network to the Internet Protocol (IP).
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 currently used by the police and will soon also serve the fire brigade.
The teams from Cassidian and the interior ministry are working full steam to organise this migration, taking special care to ensure that ongoing operations will not be disrupted. The equipment will be installed after the summer, with operational deployment scheduled for the beginning of 2013.
This IP migration of Corsica’s INPT network will give the teams of the French interior ministry’s information and communication systems department a good understanding of the technical, operational and organisational aspects involved in migrating and managing a Tetrapol IP network, thus benefitting similar potential developments in mainland France.
By placing IP technology at the heart of its strategy, Cassidian is able to offer its customers more flexible system architectures, better-controlled maintenance costs and a door to the technologies of the future, particularly in the field of high-speed data transmission.
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 4G LTE technology are scheduled to take place with the interior ministry in late 2012.
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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.
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