One year to go until London 2012 as airwave prepares for the games

Last month, Airwave announced that its private mobile radio (PMR) service for the London 2012 Games is ready for service. The PMR network, named Apollo, will provide voice radio communications for up to 18,000 staff and volunteers from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Ltd (LOCOG) during the 2012 Games.

Apollo has already gone through rigorous testing by Airwave. It will now take part in several test events with LOCOG, many of which will be staged at some of the newly created London 2012 Games venues, as part of the London Prepares Series to test key aspects of operational readiness for the Games. The stand-alone network will be used by Games staff and volunteers, from stewards and security personnel to anti-doping officials, from now until December 2012.

Apollo is standalone network constructed for the London 2012 Games. Airwave’s provision of PMR infrastructure will not impact on the Airwave Network which provides critical communications to public service organisations. The existing Airwave Network is undergoing upgrades to cope with the increased traffic for emergency services during the Games.

Commenting, David Sangster, Airwave Director of UK Services, said: “All of us at Airwave are incredibly excited about being a year away from the London Olympics. We’re working hard to make sure that Airwave’s secure radio communications system plays its part as a critical piece of infrastructure behind the Games. With things really gearing up towards next year’s event, we’re doing all we can to help make sure the Olympic and Paralympic Games go without a hitch.”

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