Federal Police of Brazil and INTEGRAPOL radio network

Case study: Federal Police of Brazil and INTEGRAPOL

The fifth largest country in the world gets a big bang from its sizeable public safety communication network


Talk about big.

At 8.5 million square kilometers, Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world. Its population — more than 192 million — is also the fifth largest on earth.

Responsible for securing this huge, dispersed population is Brazil's federal police department, Departamento de Polícia Federal, or DFP. To keep its officers connected, the police rely on INTEGRAPOL, the National Integrated Radio Communication Network from Airbus.

That big job takes a big network. INTEGRAPOL comprises:

  • Nine regional networks based on TETRAPOL IP
  • 27 tactical management sites
  • More than 100 radio base stations and 220 independent digital repeaters
  • Some 9,000 terminals

Federal Police Brazil has seen a big return on its investment. Since it launched its PMR in 2005, the department has used INTEGRAPOL to:

  • Coordinate communications for major events, such as the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro
  • Support the search for survivors and wreckage of Air France Flight 447
  • Provide security for visiting dignitaries, such as Pope Benedict XVI and U.S. president Barack Obama

INTEGRAPOL also provided security for one of the most high-profile events in Brazil's recent history: the swearing-in ceremony for Brazilian President Dilma Roussef.

TETRAPOL networks for national police

INTEGRAPOL allows the Brazilian police to:

  • Communicate securely with a sophisticated encryption mechanism for voice and data communication
  • Automatically locate vehicles and people through access to databases and GPS data
  • Integrate DPF units with other state public security forces, thanks to INTEGRAPOL's high level of secure access

Because of Brazil's massive size, INTEGRAPOL uses both fixed and mobile units. That ensures reliable coverage from the country's Atlantic coast to Brazilian borders with Peru, Venezuela, Argentina and seven other countries.

Covering that immense land mass had historically been a problem, says Federal Police Chief Marcos Ferreira dos Santos. But the TETRAPOL network and TPH700 radios have effectively eliminated the trouble. Since the network was installed four years ago, officers have reported no coverage issues in Brazil's large urban centres.

No wonder INTEGRAPOL is becoming the model for an integrated communication system for national public security.

TETRAPOL networks for training, simulations

The Federal Police uses Tetrapol radios in training programs and at the Police's simulation training centre in Brasilia. Resembling a major city, the centre comprises 35 buildings and reproduces situations officers may face in high-risk urban areas.

As agents practice their skills in simulations ranging from containment tunnels to exposed terrain, they stay connected via Tetrapol radios.

Of course, it's one thing to keep officers connected in a simulation and another thing entirely to keep them connected in real life.

TETRAPOL networks for big results

With INTEGRAPOL, Brazil's Federal Police have been ready to secure the country's big events, such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Summer Games 2016.

"INTEGRAPOL ensures flawless communication between teams and has the advantage of encryption," says Federal Police Chief Marcelo Mozart Rocha Galli. "That's essential for this type of operation." 

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