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15 July, 2015 - 11:01 By Tony Quested

Sepura picks up the samba beat with landmark Brazilian deal

Sergipe in Brazil

Digital communications technology from Cambridge UK specialist Sepura has been chosen by the Brazilian state of Sergipe to cover all its emergency forces.

The contract is a significant landmark for the group – the maiden deal since Sepura acquired Teltronic to target Latin America. It was signed by the Public Safety Secretariat of the state of Sergipe further to a competitive tender for a full turnkey solution project comprising extensive user trials and very rigorous testing.

The Sepura Group will be responsible for the installation and commissioning of a complete TETRA solution, including the provision of operational assistance and maintenance to the government of Sergipe for the next two years. The new system comprises a command and control centre that will employ up to 15 operators, a TETRA network, to include more than 15 base stations, and in excess of 3,000 hand-portable and mobile radios. The complete system will provide digital communications and coverage to the entire state of Sergipe; in particular, it will deliver secure digital communications to every emergency force including all public safety and rescue organisations.

Mendonça Prado, in charge of public security for the state, said:  “I have great confidence in the success of this project. I believe that its implementation will not only serve to modernise Sergipe's public safety, but also enable crime reduction - one of the main objectives of every Public Safety organisation. Sergipe is soon to be the first state in Brazil with 100 per cent digital radio coverage throughout its territory.”

Kasper Barfoed, sales VP for the Sepura Group said: “We are extremely proud of this achievement as it’s the first significant contract won by Sepura since the acquisition of Teltronic, and one of the major public safety successes in Latin America. 

“This is also the impressive outcome of outstanding collaboration between our teams and the demonstration of what can be achieved when synergies are truly successful.” 

Paulo Ferrao, Brazil country director for the Sepura Group, added: “Sergipe joins a growing number of Brazilian states selecting TETRA technology for their Public Safety organisations and making TETRA the undisputed, dominant technology with the public safety sector in Brazil.”

Sergipe is the smallest state of the Brazilian Federation located on the north-eastern Atlantic coast of the country. It covers an area of 21,910.4 km2 with a population of 2,228,489.  Aracaju is the capital and the largest city in the state.

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