With the EURO 2016 football tournament safely concluded, the nationwide mission-critical radio networks for police and public-protection services in France proved to be resilient, flexible and secure. The INPT and RUBIS networks used by the French public protection organisations helped to ensure security during the event.
During the competition 42,000 police officers, 30,000 gendarmes and 5,000 rescue service personnel all coordinated their actions via the mission-critical radio networks RUBIS and INPT, which were provided by Airbus Defence and Space.
To reinforce security, tactical cells were set up. Moreover, several fixed Tetrapol repeaters were placed at strategically important sites, such as police headquarters and stadia. These tactical cells were interconnected over a virtual private network, so the forces of law and order could exchange information in the usual manner, inside and outside the grounds. This meant that they could also stay in permanent contact with the crisis management team based in Paris.
Thierry Becker, VP Western Europe and Africa of secure land communications at Airbus Defence and Space said: “Now that France has shown that it was able to successfully host the EURO 2016 in the light of the increased threat of terrorist attacks, the communication infrastructure will increasingly play a decisive role for future events"..