Astrid, the telecoms operator of all the emergency and security services in Belgium, has set out areas to undergo technical and operational improvement so as to reinforce radio communication. In practical terms, investments are being made in the following three fields:
This means that in crisis situations, the communication channels of the emergency and security services can also operate via these masts.
Extra masts are being set up at critical points, such as Zaventem airport, where the necessary cover needs to be guaranteed both inside and outside at all times.
Ministers, the heads of state security, the OCAD/OCAM (Coordinating Unit for Threat Analysis), the Crisis Centre, the federal police and other leading roles in the National Security Council are to receive new sim cards. The aim: to ensure that they are easier to reach in the event of a disaster.
Astrid, set up in 1998, has 70,000 users who make two million radio contacts every day.
Go to www.astrid.be
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