Irish firm wins €20m UK contract
AN Irish company that has developed a revolutionary life-saving emergency communications device at its base in Dublin has signed a €20m manufacturing contract with Airwave, a UK service provider for most of Britain's national emergency and security services.
The ComAlerter, a satellite-based personal beacon device invented by Sigma Wireless Communications, will get its first outing at the London Olympics where it will be carried by British security personnel. It will also be used by police, fire and ambulance services, prison officers, British covert services and the British army.
Following early demonstrations in which the Irish device outperformed a similar German-developed mechanism, inquiries have also spilled in from national emergency services from around the world, most particularly those of Norway, Holland, Australia, Spain, Belgium and Saudi Arabia.
Sigma Wireless Communications, which was formed after a management buyout of Ireland's Motorola base, created the devices after more than a year of intense research and development. The company plans to manufacture 20,000 devices, costing €400 each.