Reliable and effective communications will ensure the exchange of information, which is needed to coordinate operations and promptly manage the security of the G20 in Venice. Leonardo has deployed an advanced radio network to support the G20 summit – the event comprises the Finance Ministers and the Central Banks’ Governors of the world’s largest economies - which is taking place in the Italian city on 9 and 10 July.
Delivered within an extremely tight timescale, Leonardo has implemented a TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio, the international standard for mission critical communications) communication infrastructure for the security forces that will protect the event, which, in case of emergency, will be able to carry out rapid interventions and ensure the highest standards of security to the summit area, to the population and to the territory.
The network developed by the company consists of base transceiver stations and radio links located in strategic places of the city. The technology will guarantee secure digital communications and widespread radio coverage in the Venice City and Mestre area, in addition to the lagoon and in the shores, and up to the gates of Padua and Treviso, for a total area of about 1,000 square kilometres. Some workstations have been set up in the operations room – where the security of the G20 will be managed – to coordinate information and locate resources within the territory from around 600 communication terminals that will be used by the Forces in the field. The network is also designed for interoperability with broadband devices.
Leonardo is an international leader in the field of mission critical communications and the Company has already been a technological security partner of major events, including: the 2017 G7 in Taormina, Expo Milano 2015, the 2009 G8 in L’Aquila, and sporting events such as Cortina 2021, 1000 Miglia 2021 and 2020, the Commonwealth Games 2018 and 2014, the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, the 2013 Cycling World Cup, and the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics.
The Company’s commitment to secure major events is in line with the "Be Tomorrow - Leonardo 2030” strategic plan, which identifies collaboration with the public sector and other industries as a primary tool for offering the best technological and know-how capabilities and for effectively responding to the needs of governments, regions, citizens, and communities in terms of progress, security and sustainability.