Case Study: Icom International

Working with Icom France, Croix-Rouge Française (the French Red Cross) has positioned itself at the leading edge of radio technology by choosing the dPMR™ (digital Private Mobile Radio) standard as its radio communications interface. 

Michel Devret, ICT Officer for the French Red Cross explains that they use 1600 mobiles and 3700 handheld radios with 160 repeaters working across 62 counties.  They have migrated to a digital technology because of the features it offers – GPS positioning, data transmission, improvement of audio etc.

Each county in France (same as a region in NZ) can decide to go digital independently and the migration is being done step by step. The size of the network and amount of equipment involved is important and needs to be taken into account when taking the first steps.

Previously, large amounts of money had been invested in the analogue network and it was important for the Red Cross to be able to continue to use those radios as much as possible with the new dPMR solution.  Needs differ from county to county and the capacity to schedule from a simple network up to very complicated systems which includes a lot of services, was an important consideration when making the decision to migrate.  With analogue radio it had been very simple to set up a network – and the team found the same advantage with dPMR due to it being an FDMA (Frequency Division Multiple Access) technology.  

Icom France developed a friendly interface to the radio that makes it very easy and convenient for the needs of the Red Cross and which is helping the dPMR migration progress well without any difficulties.   

About the French Red Cross:  The Red Cross is an approved civil security association and although the organisation operates worldwide, their mission is common – to take charge of victims of modern warfare, victims of poverty, sick people, children in danger, victims of natural disasters etc.  Volunteers operate on a daily basis with the same goal: bringing humanity to life.

*dPMR is a registered trademark of the dPMR Association.


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