News Release

Cisco and NextiraOne Extend Polish Border Guard Communications Network

For the First Time, Crossing Points at Poland's Eastern Borders Are Equipped With Voice Over WLAN Telephony and Video Surveillance
Apr 22, 2010

WARSAW, Poland - April 22, 2010 - Cisco and NextiraOne today announced that they have completed a major deployment to extend and support the Polish Border Guard's information technology and communications platform. The project was co-financed by the European Union's Outer Borders Fund.

Under the scope of the project, NextiraOne experts have installed a dedicated Cisco® wireless infrastructure, providing voice over wireless local area network, or VoWLAN, communications and Wi-Fi mesh technology for the 14 Border Guard posts located along Poland's borders with Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

The Polish Border Guard deployment will provide a far more integrated communications experience for officers working across disparate locations. The use of voice over WLAN and the integration of the Cisco IP Interoperability and Communications System (IPICS) for push-to-talk communications aim at increasing responsiveness and further enhance safety and security.

Key Facts / Highlights:

  • The wireless platform includes two highly innovative solutions, integrated for the specific use of the Border Guard in Poland: IPICS and a Wi-Fi mesh system. Wi-Fi mesh is an outdoor wireless solution that allows the Border Guard to extend its IP network to areas where access to a wired network is technically impossible or difficult to implement.
  • Cisco IPICS provides communications interoperability between wired and wireless networks by extending push-to-talk to IP networks. IPICS is basically turning wireless IP phones into universal voice communication devices, thanks to an XML client running on the Cisco phones.
  • All implemented indoor and outdoor wireless solutions are based on the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, which provides high scalability and helps simplify the centralized management of the infrastructure. Moreover, the deployment features a Cisco Unified Communications over WLAN (VoWLAN with Cisco IP phones) solution that provides high-quality communication services, extending wired corporate telephony networks outside buildings and facilities. In the future, this flexible implementation will help the integration of the new wireless phone system with existing analog radio phones.
  • The Cisco wireless infrastructure is based on advanced technology including IEEE 802.11n and demonstrates Cisco's leadership in radio frequency excellence for indoor wireless access. The 802.11n standard improves the reliability of 802.11 communications and provides up to nine times the throughput of 802.11a/g networks. 802.11n provides reliable and very fast connections to Wi-Fi for voice and video streaming, and delivers the capacity and performance to serve future demands on the wireless network.
  • The new infrastructure includes a physical security solution featuring video monitoring from Axis Communications and voice recording of wireless telephony from NICE Systems.
  • NextiraOne, a Cisco Gold Certified Partner and one of Europe's leading experts in communications services, implemented the solution and integrated these technologies with the existing infrastructure. NextiraOne is also delivering training for system users and ongoing support and maintenance of the system.
  • NextiraOne has worked with the Polish Border Guard for many years. In 2003, the company implemented, alongside Telekomunikacja Polska, a new IP telephony network across 12 regional divisions, covering more than 300 Border Guard posts. Based on Cisco technology, the integrated voice and data network was the biggest IP implementation in Europe at the time and the largest single outsourcing project in the Polish public sector.

Supporting Quotes:

  • Col. Wojciech Lechowski, spokesperson for the main commanding officer of the Polish Border Guard:
  • "Poland's eastern border is one of the longest stretches of external border in the European Union. We needed a partner who could deliver an innovative solution to meet our tough requirements in these often-remote locations. NextiraOne was able to offer, design and implement a solution that upgrades the system to provide added security and surveillance along our borders, through the integration of innovative Cisco technology with the existing infrastructure."

  • Pawel Malak, general manager, Cisco Poland
  • "Public sector agencies and other organisations that are responsible for preparing for and responding to emergency situations are finding themselves in the midst of a technology revolution. Incident response now involves modern networks, computers, and other devices in addition to the commonly used Land Mobile Radio. We are especially proud of the fact that many of the innovative technologies utilised by the Polish Border Guard have been introduced for the first time in Poland. These solutions increase the efficiency and effectiveness of border checks and contribute significantly to improving safety along the borders."

  • Marek Kobielski, general manager, NextiraOne Poland:
  • "This project builds on our strong existing relationship with the Polish Border Guard and our unrivaled expertise in the public sector. We are proud to be able to provide innovative solutions that are helping to secure the borders of Poland and the European Union."

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Cisco, NextiraOne, Voice over WLAN, WiFi/MESH, Cisco IPICS

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About NextiraOne

Headquartered in Paris, NextiraOne are Europe's leading experts in communications services. The company designs, installs, maintains and supports all of its customers' communications needs from voice to mobility, security and applications.  NextiraOne provides seamless, end-to-end communications solutions working with the leading technology vendors in the industry to deliver maximum business benefit to customers.

NextiraOne Polska currently employs some 180 people and has its main office in Warsaw with four regional offices in Cracow, Poznan, Wroclaw and Gdynia.

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