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Tech-heavy security for city

Come April, civic agencies in the Capital will be equipped with Europe’s most advanced communications system.

delhi Updated: Oct 30, 2009 01:29 IST
Jatin Anand

Come April, civic agencies in the Capital will be equipped with Europe’s most advanced communications system.

The TErrestrial Trunked Radio or TETRA, for which the network was finalised by the Delhi government on Thursday, will connect various civic/government agencies— from the Organizing Committee of the Commonwealth Games to the DTC — at the push of a single button.

“With the world-class TETRA system at its disposal, Delhi will be on par with the capitals of most developed nations in the world as far as inter-agency government communication is concerned,” Savitur Prasad, Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Delhi told Hindustan Times.

Originally developed for use by governmental agencies in Europe by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in 1995, the TETRA is a specialist Professional Mobile Radio — a hand-held communications tool — colloquially known as a walkie-talkie.

“Suppose there is a bomb blast or a similar disaster situation during an event. Information about the incident being provided by, say a Delhi Police personnel stationed at, or near the disaster site will not only be able to reach the Police department, but also other concerned agencies like hospitals and fire brigades who can then help to minimize casualties,” explained Prasad.

Installed by HCL and Motorola, Delhi’s own TETRA will operate on a certain

frequency measured in Megahertz (MHz), have 46 basic stations and a call-drop possibility of 1-2 per cent.

An encryption facility will also be available on the device to ensure the privacy.

“With TETRA, various user departments will be able to contact each other and act swiftly in case of any disaster during the CWG,” said Rakesh Mehta, Chief Secretary, Delhi.

Apart from the organizing committee of the CWG and the Ministry of Sports, TETRA will simultaneously lend interface to various civic agencies like the Delhi Police, MCD, NDMC, Divisional Commissioners and various city hospitals.

Thereby ensuring minimum reaction time in case of an emergency, apart from providing a secure network exclusively for official communication during the Commonwealth Games.

What's more the TETRA will pave the way for the Tetra Enhanced Data Services — an even further advanced means of communication being researched in Norway.

“After the CWG, the TETRA will be used by various civic agencies like the Police and Fire Services to aid swift action during incidents in the capital,” added Mehta.