SECURE TETRA COMMUNICATION IN ALL CITIES DURING THE 2018 WORLD CUP
In 2018 the world’s best football national teams met in Russia to compete for the World Cup. The sporting mega-event attracted more than 3 million spectators to the host country’s stadiums. In 12 sporting venues spread across eleven Russian cities (including Moscow, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Saint Peters-burg, Volgograd), 32 nations competed in a total of 64 exciting matches. In the end, France were crowned World Cup winners in 2018.
The World Cup is held every four years and is one of the largest and most important sporting events in the the world. The safety of the players, spectators and organisers as well as the smooth running of the tournament are always the top priority.
That’s why the network operator and National IT Centre and the local
organisers “Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC)” opted for the state-of-the-art and proven TETRA radio system ACCESSNET®-T IP from Hytera. In 2017, part of the system already undergone a successful “dress rehearsal” when the Con-Fed Cup was hosted in Russia (four stadiums in four cities). The system was expanded to meet the greater requirements and network coverage needed for the World Cup. The use of the TETRA system was limited to the duration of the 2018 competition, after which it was dismantled again (rental based).
The Russian network operator National IT Centre (Rostec Group) and the Local Organis-ing Committee “Russia 2018” (LOC) have jointly commissioned Hytera Mobilfunk to provide a highly available, secure radio infrastructure for the period during which the world’s largest football tournament will be held in Russia in 2018.
The radio network installed and operated specfically for the world’s biggest football tournament was the largest interconnected TETRA system ever seen in Russia. All stadiums, numerous airports, training facilities, hotels and the traffic routes between the eleven venues were served with continuously available radio coverage.
Users included the entire tournament organisation team, all security personnel, media representatives, the numerous volunteers and many others. Thanks to Hytera mobile radio, they were able to communicate with each other in the best possible way at all times, and played a big part in making the tournament a great success.
STATE-OF-THE-ART & RELIABLE TETRA TECHNOLOGY
The TETRA radio system for the World Cup consisted more than 100 DIB-R5 base stations in different versions: DIB-R5 advanced and DIB-R5 compact with several transceiver modules for high traffic loads, DIB-R5 outdoor for efficient radio cover-age with short antenna lines. All calls were switched via several IP Node (IPN) redun-dant switching nodes.
The powerful ACCESSNET®-T IP network management system was used for configuration and operation. This meant that the HMF team at all times had an overview of all system components via the Network Observation Centres (NOC) at the sites.
The Hytera applications Dispatch Workstation (DWS) for controlling all radio subscribers and Digital Voice Recording System (DVRS) for recording and archiving all calls rounded off the system. The users made more than 3 million calls during the entire project period.
The ACCESSNET®-T IP radio system was supported by HMF personnel throughout the event – they ensured that the competition and the technology functioned smoothly at all times and were directly on site as contact persons for users and customers. In addition, the HMF team had already carried out the complex fleet mapping in the run-up to the tournament.
As the major event began, the security forces and organisers took over perfectly prepared devices that could be used immediately. To achieve this, the 12,000 radio subscribers had to be organised into appropriate talk groups to ensure smooth communication in every situation. The radio system as well as the terminals were configured and distributed accordingly.