As COVID-19 has disrupted public services across Germany, Airbus is making sure the country’s BOS (Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben) digital radio network for public safety organisations – used by police, firefighters, and emergency rescue services – continues operating 24/7 without interruption.
Built by Airbus using the international Tetra mobile radio standard, the BOS network comprises more than 4,700 basis stations across Germany and delivers radio coverage for 99.2% of the country.
In normal times, the BOS network handles more than 50 million calls per month. Amid COVID-19, this number has risen due to the high demand for rescue forces, as well as the need to apply new safety and sanitary procedures. So far during the pandemic, there has been zero downtime in the BOS network, thanks to the tireless dedication of Airbus support team members, according to Andreas Berlin, Head of Service Management, Secure Land Communications at Airbus.