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43rd G7 summit to be secured by Leonardo

Date: 10th April 2017
Topic: News
Author: Sam Fenwick
Events, G7, Leonardo

Leonardo has provided a TETRA-based communications network for the G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily, allowing for the effective coordination of security operations.

Security forces protecting the international summit, which will take place on 26-27 May and be attended by heads of state and other government officials, will be able to use the equipment to rapidly intervene during any crisis, ensuring that the summit, the local population and the surrounding area receive the highest level of protection.

The Leonardo network, which was delivered within an extremely tight timescale, covers the towns of Taormina, Catania and Messina, Airports in Sigonella (Siracusa) and Fontanarossa (Catania) and all summit locations. Leonardo has been officially recognised for its concerted efforts by the Italian government.

Police forces will be able to rely on the system for encrypted digital communications and extensive radio coverage throughout the area, including over coastal water 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.

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