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17 May, 2022 - 21:03 By Tony Quested

Sepura woos ex-Home Office expert

Cambridge CommsTech company Sepura has moved to further develop its presence in the LTE critical communications market with the recruitment of Rob Merrick as business development manager for broadband products. 

His previous role was as Solutions Architect at the UK Home Office where he played a leading role in the development of the Emergency Services Network Project as subject matter expert on mission critical LTE. 

He also represented the Home Office in discussions on 3GPP standards, helping to build the technical architecture for the MCX solution and working with end users to ensure ESN meets their requirements.

Prior to the Home Office, Merrick worked for the Directorate for Emergency Communication in Norway as technical architect on Nodnett – the country’s critical communication network. He also held technical architect roles at Nokia and Motorola.

Since it was founded in 2002, Sepura has brought together radio infrastructure, terminals and data applications to create solutions for customers in over 100 countries.

Merrick said: “Sepura has an outstanding reputation in the market for the quality of its products and its customer service. We are seeing across the world a gradual shift to users investigating and testing the opportunities presented by LTE, particularly as a hybrid solution maintaining TETRA for mission critical voice communications. I have spent a considerable period of time with end users over my career, understanding their needs and building fit for purpose solutions to answer these.

“There are significant opportunities in the market where LTE solutions can answer customers’ operational needs by providing access to mission critical data in the field. Sepura are perfectly placed to respond to this need with the SCU3 and I look forward to supporting the company moving forwards in this area.”

Merrick will be presenting on Sepura’s next generation solutions at the ASTRID User Days in Louvexpo La Louvière tomorrow.

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