The Federal Highway Police (Polícia Rodoviária Federal, PRF) in Paraná State, Brazil, has joined a TETRA Radio Digital communication system that Teltronic, a subsidiary of Hytera Communications Corporation Limited, is deploying to eventually provide national coverage.

The Federal Highway Police (Polícia Rodoviária Federal, PRF) in Paraná State, Brazil, has joined a TETRA Radio Digital communication system that Teltronic, a subsidiary of Hytera Communications Corporation Limited, is deploying with national coverage. The network currently provides coverage to twelve different states and the Federal District, and comprises of 600 base stations.

Paraná State PRF values the higher security level provided by the new system, as the use of encrypted communications makes it harder for messages between its agents to be intercepted.

This progress was officially announced during the opening of the new PRF Unit at the city of Cascavel, in western Paraná. Brazil’s Public Security Minister, Raul Jungmann, participated and said that adopting the use of digital radio for police communications means “a significative advance in integration, technology and operational capabilities”

The minister was involved in the first radio call made through the new system, to the public security national secretary, Carlos Alberto dos Santos.

Delivery of the digital radios to both police and military police in Acre state; credit: Notícias do Acre

The Brazilian State of Acre, on the border with Peru and Bolivia, also has a new digital radio system that enhances its productivity and the quality of its wireless communications, grants access to the Integrated Centre for Public Security Operations (Centro Integrado de Operaciones de Seguridad Pública CIOSP), and connects the State with other regions of the country.

Acre Public Safety delivered the digital radios to both police and military police at the area, as well as to the fire department, in an event gathering the main state authorities, including the secretary of Public Security, Emilio Farias.

Author: Sam Fenwick