During the G7 Heads of State Summit in Taormina, Sicily on 26-27 May, security forces will be able to coordinate their operations effectively using an advanced digital communications network installed on a very tight timescale by Leonardo. Based on TErrestrial Trunked RAdio (TETRA) technology, the network covers the towns of Taormina, Catania and Messina plus the airports in Sigonella and Fontanarossa.

Police forces will be able to rely on the system for encrypted digital communications and extensive radio coverage throughout the area, including coastal waters and airspace. Around 2,000 latest generation radio terminals have been provided and multimedia operator workstations have been installed in the inter-force control room, allowing for integrated information management and the coordination of local resources. In the G7 operations room, security forces will be able to view images captured by a large-scale surveillance system, installed and operated by Leonardo, that spans Sicily. This network comprises around 1,000 sensors, including cameras and automatic licence plate readers. At the summit, the company has also invested to provide a sophisticated mobile operations room that uses a TETRA communications network integrated with dedicated LTE broadband technology to transmit video on-the-move.

A leader in mission-critical communications, Leonardo has designed and implemented communications and security systems in over 50 countries to protect cities, critical infrastructure and transport networks and to respond to emergencies. The company also has a track record in the successful protection of high-profile international events such as inter-governmental forums, Olympic Games and World’s Fairs.


Some 2,000 state of the art radio terminals have been provided as part of the security communications network for next month’s G7 summit. (Photo: Leonardo)

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