An important milestone was reached in the Virve 2.0 project on February 18th, 2021. This is when it became possible to test the connection between the core systems provided by Ericsson, and the radio access network provided by Elisa.
Our northern location and security operators’ needs set special requirements for security-critical data communication. Erillisverkot, Airbus and the Finnish Defence Forces tested the OneWeb satellite service, which is based on the LEO technology and offers broadband capacity and reliable connections, even at Arctic latitudes.
The new broadband Virve service for public safety operators is being built carefully and in stages. “We have made excellent progress, as a large part of the work has already been done. The situation could be compared to a building that already has foundations, walls and a roof – at this stage it already looks like a house,” says Ari Toivonen, Development Manager at Erillisverkot.
Den hårda Alfrida-stormen 2019 var en ögonöppnare för Åland. Myndigheternas ledningssystem behövde utvecklas. Förändringens vindar blåser nu i landskapet då Alarmcentralens funktioner slås ihop med polisjourens på den nya polisstationen som håller på att byggas.
The legendary Michèle Mouton, a former rally driver, participated in Rally Finland in Jyväskylä as a member of the FIA safety delegation. She praises Virve, the Finnish authorities’ public safety network, emphasising the importance of radio communications in ensuring the overall safety of rallies.
The first Top Tech Trends survey of Erillisverkot concentrates in particular on the future technology opportunities of the authorities and security operators. In the autumn 2021 survey, the focus is on convergence of technologies, 5G, cloud technologies and artificial intelligence and satellites.
Press Release, London and Helsinki, 2 June 2021 – OneWeb, the global communications network powered from Space, invited representatives from across the Finnish Government agencies to observe a demonstration of OneWeb’s Global Connectivity service for the first time. Run in partnership with Finland’s state-run security network provider, Erillisverkot Group, the event demonstrated how OneWeb’s constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites is suited to supporting the operational requirements of multiple government agencies in the High North and Arctic Circle.
Finnish authorities’ communications will gradually move towards the broadband and mobile era in the 2020s. The next generation broadband Virve service is an entity coming together like a jigsaw puzzle in collaboration with its users. How is the project coming along?
Erillisverkot has published a summary of findings based on the Request for Information (RFI) on Virve 2.0 end user devices in September 2020. The summary is compiled of the received responses and related follow-up discussions.
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