Södertörn's fire defense association have upgraded their TETRA digital radios for use on the Swedish Rakel network to Sepura terminals, thanks to Sepura’s partner in Sweden, Swedish Radio Supply.
Södertörn have responsibility for the Botkyrka, Ekerö, Haninge, Huddinge, Nacka, Nykvarn, Nynäshamn, Salem, Södertälje and Tyresö municipalities. In total, these areas cover over 600,000 residents, protected by 21 fire stations manned by over 500 employees.
Upgrading to superior audio quality
Södertörn Fire Department also runs the Rescue Center for the entire Stockholm County which is responsible for preparing resources and leading rescue operations. Having joined the RAKEL network in 2012, Södertörn already had TETRA digital radios in place, but recognized the need to upgrade to superior audio quality, and more powerful receive functionality to achieve better range. Problems with the previous device also meant they were after a radio terminal that could easily be programmed to suit the needs of the operators.
An extensive procurement process was initiated, with the aim of identifying the correct terminal to best suit the needs of the user. The winning radios would need to meet stringent criteria on ease of use, audio capability, range and programming functionality.
Sepura SC20 TETRA hand portable radio
After extensive user trials, the Sepura SC20 TETRA hand portable radio was found to best match the demands of the fire teams, and the department confirmed the decision to upgrade their entire fleet.
This purchase means that Södertörn Fire Department joins many other public safety organizations in Sweden benefitting from Sepura’s TETRA terminals, including Stockholm’s police force and government operational teams.