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Project HYDRA, a Quortus and Avanti Collaboration, is Shortlisted for Small Cell Forum Industry Award

SCFAwards2014We are delighted to announce that, for the third year running, Quortus has been shortlisted for the Small Cell Forum’s Industry Awards. Project HYDRA, the result of a collaboration between Quortus and leading satellite operator Avanti, has made the cut in the ‘Small cell backhaul design and technology innovation’ category. As a former winner of a Small Cell Forum Industry Award, this continued success demonstrates our commitment to innovation and applied technical know-how that is recognised by the industry, year-on–year.

Co-funded by the UK government Technology Strategy Board, the HYDRA project encompasses a plan to develop a solution capable of delivering high-speed 4G networks to first responders that utilises both our core network and satellite backhaul optimisation technology.

4G has been earmarked in the UK as the network of choice for emergency services but ubiquitous coverage across the country – for some time at least – is unlikely. HYDRA is a completely transportable network and can be rapidly deployed where an incident takes place, giving emergency services the communication tools they need to do their jobs. It provides a completely private network over a radius of 2km that can securely transmit data, make calls without interference and even locate disaster victims using the signal from their phones.

HYDRA is the first solution of this type on the market and is fully compliant with emergency services communications as well as being backwards compatible to 3G and 2G.

The award winners will be announced on Wednesday 11th June at the London ExCel, as part of the Small Cells World Summit. The full list of awards categories and finalists can be found here.