Anne Frank House, Amsterdam signs onto the MCCN Network
Zenitel, international market leader in integrated communication solutions for the professional market, announces a contract with the Anne Frank House to deliver the TETRA network MCCN and critical communications for a period of seven years. Sixty years after Anne Frank’s diary was first published; nearly one million people from around the world annually visit the museum, located in the centre of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The ‘secret annexe’ where Anne Frank and her family hid from Nazi persecution and Anne wrote her diaries can now be visited in the museum. As well as the preservation of the hiding place and an exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank, the museum acts as an exhibition space to highlight all forms of persecution and discrimination.
With Anne Frank’s diary among the original objects on display, and such large visitor numbers in a relatively small place, safety and security is of paramount importance to the museum. Already delivering TETRA networks and critical communication to a number of the largest museums in Amsterdam with two others under serious review, Zenitel’s MCCN (Mission Critical Communication Networks) company is well placed to provide communication to protect the people, the artefacts and the building from arson, theft and damage.
Anne Frank House has signed a seven year network and maintenance contract for the MCCN service which will be operational by the end of the year. MCCN deliver mobile critical communications as airtime only, or in the case of Anne Frank House, as a total solution encompassing airtime, equipment and ongoing support and maintenance. Zenitel holds the license to operate TETRA networks nationwide in the Netherlands and Antwerp Harbour (in the 410-430 MHz band).
Over the years, the Anne Frank building has been renovated to protect the original structure, incorporating the entire building between exhibition spaces, a bookshop, caf and offices. MCCN will provide a good MCCN signal inside the Anne Frank House itself, the building next to the house, Otto Frank House, the educational building behind, and the garden with the famous chestnut tree.
A Zenitel manufactured repeater in connection with an antenna will be placed on the roof of the House, and from the repeater, coax cable and small antennas will be placed within the buildings. Eleven radios and one central station are being supplied and a Zenitel i/o expander for connection with the fire alarm system. The digital system will also integrate to current and new security measures the museum may choose to install, and places no restrictions on the number of users which can be incorporated. Anne Frank House can therefore allow security staff to keep their radios on person 24/7. At night for example, staff away from the museum can receive a SDS (short data service) when the fire alarm is triggered or if there is a request for access.
Zenitel is finding its TETRA networks strong user base of approximately 7,000 allows the expansion of solutions and the development and introduction of new safety and security concepts – further increasing the safety of Zenitel’s customers, their employees and their assets. For example, in the future, the museums in Amsterdam have an opportunity of working together because they are all using the same MCCN network. So they could share for example, security staff or assist each other in a critical situation.
MCCN’s network service proposition is suitable for a number of client types – anyone requiring the assurance that communication is available when it is really needed, without the need to acquire specialized radio knowledge but using the experience of an operator like Zenitel’s MCCN network. Ports, soccer stadiums, hospitals, governments, heavy industry and security companies are all improving the efficiency of their most critical processes.