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11 Nov 08. Harris Corporation demonstrated advanced systems for restoring first responder communication links as part of the Great Southern California ShakeOut, the largest-ever earthquake preparedness drill in the United States. The exercise, scheduled for November 13, will model the effects of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake along the San Andreas Fault and has more than five million registered participants. Harris is supplying California law enforcement authorities with high-frequency (HF), multiband, and high-capacity line-of-sight (HCLOS) radios for the ShakeOut exercise, along with technical and networking
expertise and support. The company’s systems will be used to rapidly re-establish communication links between first responders in the field and their commanders, who would otherwise be unable to communicate following a major earthquake.
13 Nov 08. EADS Secure Networks (SN) has been awarded by the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance a contract to procure TETRA radios to the Bulgarian Border Police. The contract follows a competitive tendering during which SN has been chosen for its offer. The order encompasses 2200 robust and user-friendly THR880i handheld radios and 350 vehicle mounted TMR880i radios together with their accessories, documentation and training. These radios are to be delivered by the end of the year and will be used as of early 2009. The new equipment will provide the users from the Bulgarian Border Police and other Border Agencies with smooth and secure communication and support their work in their own language, as both the THR880i and TMR880i radios come with Bulgarian display texts and voice feedback. Both radio models have similar features and menus, making it easy for the users to learn how to use the radios and switch from one model to another. SN already delivered the complete TETRA infrastructure which is currently in use by the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior and for which the cooperation dates back to 2002.