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.
Erillisverkot has taken decisive steps to ensure the Virve 2.0 development project can be delivered as planned by postponing the procurement of application services to 2024. This will secure the services relied upon by our public safety in their daily line of duty during migration from the current Virve network to the Virve 2.0 mobile broadband services.
Erillisverkot Group (Erillisverkot) has signed an agreement of selling all the shares of Deltagon Oy for Kyberleijona Oy. Kyberleijona Oy is Erillisverkot’s associated company (ownership 35 percent) and SSH Communications Security Corporation’s (SSH) subsidiary (ownership 65 percent).
Erillisverkot Group and Airbus Secure Land Communications (SLC) have entered into a renewed Virve maintenance agreement until 2025. The agreement is a continuation of previous maintenance agreements and covers switching and base station technology as well as application maintenance and support services.
By 2024, Finland will start using Galileo PRS (Public Regulated Services), a location and time information service that fulfills the requirements for public safety actors. Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom is responsible for the service. Erillisverkot acts as a Galileo PRS operator.
Being able to offer suitable mobile devices to Er-illisverkot and its public safety users is a crucial part of the Virve 2.0 development project in Finland. To learn more about the device suppliers’ current offerings and near time plans Erillisverkot published a Request for Information (RFI) in September.
The second procurement phase of the public safety network Virve's renewal started in early October, in which Erillisverkot will purchase mission critical services for the Virve 2.0 system. “Mission critical services is an entity that consists of server software running in the equipment rooms of Erillisverkot Group, applications installed on users' mobile and fixed devices and management applications related to these services," says Ari Toivonen, Development Manager of Erillisverkot Group.
The new broadband public safety network, Virve 2.0, will be available to mission critical operators in 2023. Reetta Siltasalmi-Kautto, our Service Designer and Harri Virtanen, Head of Department of Customer Relationships explain how the development is carried out in cooperation with our customers.
New opportunities open for safety operators as the Virve 2.0 public safety network begins using Elisa’s broadband 4G and 5G mobile networks. Future applications that can help rescue services and actors critical for the security of supply in the field include remote-controlled tractors used in clearing work and real-time video transmitted by drones. The first testers will begin using Virve 2.0 at the end of 2021.
The Swedish company Ericsson has centred its cyber security operations on the area of Jorvas in Kirkkonummi, Finland. Ericsson’s experts are also responsible for the reliability and security of the new Virve 2.0 broadband public safety network.
The development work concerning the broadband public safety network Virve 2.0, which is led by Erillisverkot Group is one of the most important governmental ICT project in the near future. Virve 2.0 is also a major leap at the international scale, since it makes mobile broadband services available for authorities in cooperation with the newly selected commercial partners.
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