The Swedish Lifeboat Institute has joined the nationwide RAKEL TETRA network and will be using a range of Sepura terminals from Cambridge UK to help safeguard the seas around the Swedish coast.
The Institute is an entirely voluntary organisation which operates 64 stations across Sweden and takes on responsibility for many maritime rescue operations.
It realised that to carry out its role effectively it needed to be able to communicate with all the other organisations involved in a particular incident.
As RAKEL is the nationwide TETRA network used by a large number of public safety organisations in Sweden, it made sense to become part of it. After a thorough evaluation of available technology the Institute decided to take delivery of 230 of Sepura’s high-specification STP800 hand-portable radios, in addition to 120 SRG3900 mobile radios, which will be installed on rescue boats.
Of the SRG3900s, approximately 40 feature IP67 ingress protection, in order to enable them to withstand the extremely harsh conditions that lifeboat personnel can face.