ESN certifies Sierra Wireless’s in-vehicle router
Written by: Sam Fenwick | Published:

Sierra Wireless’s Airlink MG90 multi-network vehicle router has been certified and approved for use on the UK’s Emergency Services Network (ESN).

ESN will eventually replace the Airwave TETRA network, which is currently being used by the country’s emergency services for mission-critical voice services. It uses EE’s radio access network and a dedicated core, in combination with extended area services sites that are being built for the Home Office and will house EE’s active radio equipment. ESN will serve potentially up to 300,000 users and connect up to 50,000 vehicles.

The AirLink MG90 selects the best network available based on user-defined policies. It also offers multi-network connectivity in the form of dual LTE-Advanced Pro, dual concurrent Gigabit Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet, with extensions to Private Mobile Radio (PMR) and satellite systems. It is purpose-built for vehicle power environments and is optimised to withstand extreme transient surges and temperatures. The MG90 can be used in combination with the company’s AirLink Connection Manager, a mobile-optimised virtual private network (VPN) server and the AirLink Mobility Manager, a network and device management system.

Sierra Wireless claims that it can secure the data over the internet, remotely manage the device and provide a consolidated view of an entire fleet using vehicle location, driver behaviour and vehicle telematics data.

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Tom Mueller, vice president, product line management, Sierra Wireless, said: “For 25 years, Sierra Wireless has worked closely with emergency services and first responders to ensure they have the tools they need to keep communities safe. With the AirLink MG90, agencies in the UK now have a secure, high-performance, ESN-certified solution that they can rely on for effective emergency response.”


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