C2000 communication system for emergency services

C2000 is a digital communication system for emergency services. It is used by the police, fire brigade, ambulance services, the Ministry of Defence and various partner organisations.

All emergency services on a single network

Emergency services use C2000 to communicate with the control centre and with each other. They use the system for their day-to-day work and in the event of major incidents and disasters. The C2000 system enables emergency services to share information quickly. The system also has the following additional benefits:

  • it has a national outdoor coverage rate of over 95%;
  • it remains operational even with a high number of users;
  • it cannot be tapped;
  • emergency services can contact the control centre directly by pressing an emergency button on their walkie-talkies.

Improving the system and the C2000 network

C2000 makes use of radio masts. The network comprises almost 600 radio masts that are between 45 and 53 metres tall. Both the system and the network are being continuously improved. If an emergency service reports a coverage problem, it may be necessary to build a new radio mast. Coverage problems may also be caused by new buildings. In recent years the government has built some 75 new masts. In addition, the emergency services closely monitor the way in which the system is used by investing in user training and exercises.

Radio masts and C2000 electromagnetic fields

C2000 complies with WHO and EU standards on the use of antenna masts. The Antennebureau ('Antenna Agency') provides more information on the radio masts used by C2000 and on the electromagnetic fields generated as a result.