Virve Tuotteet ja Palvelut Oy and Stop Noise Finland Oy Ltd will launch the Hybrid X modular structure that can be attached to smartphones

The production of the patented Hybrid X modular structure will be launched in Finland at the beginning of 2021. The product enables smooth, secure and versatile communication in the field by parties ensuring the security of supply in society.

Manu Skyttä, CEO of Virve Tuotteet ja Palvelut Oy (VTP), and Markku Nieminen, CEO of Stop Noise Finland Oy Ltd, signed a resale agreement on 19 November 2020 that will kick off the production of the Hybrid X modular structure. Hybrid X's product development, manufacturing and assembly will take place in Finland. With the agreement, VTP and Stop Noise will enhance their cooperation further. Deliveries of the new product will begin in the second quarter of 2021.

Hybrid X has been developed for communication and industrial use by all parties who maintain critical functions in society. The modular structure can be attached to a fourth or fifth generation (4G or 5G) LTE-based smartphone with the phone’s model-specific adapter. A TETRA terminal can also be connected to Hybrid X at the same time. This allows existing TETRA network services and new Virve 2.0 technology-based features to be used on a single device. New and old technologies will initially be used side by side.

*The availability of a smartphone with a mere touchscreen does not meet users' availability requirements in the field. Hybrid X makes it easy to use the phone’s functions in the field with physical buttons, even when wearing gloves. Hybrid X mutes background noise and conveys clear, understandable speech to the recipient. The phone is carried in a Smart Holder shoulder clip, where it charges and is always available even during long operations. Hybrid X's quick buttons can be used to start apps without having to take the phone in hand at all. This make it easy for the user to send, for example, live picture for use as a control aid to the operations centre,” Nieminen says.

VTP and Stop Noise strongly believe in the product's success, as the patented Hybrid X modular structure has been designed to meet the strict availability requirements of user organisations.

“We are all facing a new situation, so we will closely monitor the development of the Virve 2.0 network and discuss with the end customers about the requirements for future products. We listen with a keen ear and work with stakeholders," Nieminen says.

“This is a significant development step for VTP towards the technology revolution brought about by Virve 2.0 in communications between authorities. An easy-to-use, durable communication solution that enables not only speech but also video and data to be transmitted securely is part of the near future of many organisations and communications between the authorities. The agreement reached will help us offer even better communication solutions to parties critical in view of security of supply and to promote Finnish technology development,” Skyttä says.

Additional information:
Manu Skyttä, CEO, Virve Tuotteet ja Palvelut Oy, tel. +358 40 099 9822.
Markku Nieminen, CEO, Stop Noise Oy Ltd, tel. +358 40 064 0122.

Founded in 2007, Virve Tuotteet ja Palvelut Oy sells and maintains radio terminal equipment suitable for critical and professional communications, secure smartphones as well as smartphone applications suitable for secure professional communications. The company is an authorised sales and service point for Airbus, Stop Noise, Bittium and AINA Wireless products in Finland. The company's net sales in the previous financial year were EUR 5.5 million. The company's customers include the Finnish Defence Forces, the Police, Customs, rescue services, the social services and health care sector, the Emergency Response Centre Agency, the Finnish Border Guard and other state and municipal actors. Virve Tuotteet ja Palvelut is a subsidiary of Millog Oy. Millog Oy is a Finnish company specialising in life-cycle services, whose core expertise is the comprehensive maintenance and servicing of technical equipment and systems. Millog maintains the Finnish Defence Forces' army and naval equipment as well as air force surveillance systems in both normal and exceptional circumstances and also serves civilian industries for which national security, security of supply and partnership are critical success factors.

Stop Noise Finland Oy Ltd is a Finnish technology company founded in 1995. The company develops and manufactures high-quality, easy-to-use, durable accessories for LTE and TETRA terminals for domestic markets and exports. Exports make up approximately a half of Stop Noise Finland Oy Ltd's net sales. The company's customers include authorities around the world, and for example, the police, rescue services, defence forces, border authorities and industrial operators utilise Stop Noise's solutions.

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