First implementation of TETRA at a North American airport
Annapolis, Maryland and Jersey City, New Jersey – September 24, 2013 – ARINC Incorporated today announced that it has partnered with PowerTrunk to install a terrestrial trunked radio (TETRA) platform as part of a key GLOBALink upgrade for mission critical airline and aviation ground-based communications at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The partnership represents the first North American deployment of TETRA technology in the aviation market. Through its partnership with PowerTrunk, ARINC intends to offer TETRA-based solutions to other American airports as well.
ARINC’s customers at LAX have been using ARINC’s GLOBALink ground radio services since 2001 to ensure crisp, clear connectivity to communicate vital information to airline ramp area personnel, airline passenger services, ground handlers, terminal security teams, and all airport ground support staff.
Implementing the TETRA platform offers many advantages over alternatives including improved voice clarity for radio communication, improved RF spectrum efficiency with multiple simultaneous conversations, rugged radio products and accessories, and an open standard that optimizes total cost of ownership.
“We are pleased to provide our valued customers at LAX with the latest technology which is currently deployed for airports and airlines globally,” said John Monto, Director, radio Technology Solutions at ARINC. “We believe this upgrade, and the associated benefits it brings for ground communications, will enable ARINC’s customers at LAX to get their jobs done in a more timely and efficient manner.”
TETRA is deployed worldwide as the next-generation standard for digital land mobile radio and has only recently been approved for use in the US by the FCC. ARINC now has a fully functional demonstration environment for the TETRA platform. ARINC will test new products, validate operational behavior, determine ease of deployment, assess long-term manageability and most importantly, go beyond compliance testing to implement a world-class system for customers in the 4th quarter of 2013.
“TETRA is an ideal communications technology for airport and airline use,” said Carlos Fernandez, Vice President of Business Development for PowerTrunk. “It uniquely combines telephone-like voice and data services with dynamically configurable group call capability in a single, privately operated radio network platform.”
ARINC Incorporated, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, provides communications, engineering and integration solutions for commercial and government customers worldwide. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland with regional headquarters in London and Singapore, ARINC is ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100:2009 Rev C certified. For more information, visit the website at www.arinc.com.
PowerTrunk Inc. is the subsidiary of Teltronic® S.A.U. responsible for business development, distribution, and customer support for Teltronic land mobile radio (LMR) projects in North America. PowerTrunk is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey. With over 40 years’ experience designing, manufacturing, implementing, and supporting digital and analog land mobile radio turnkey projects, Teltronic S.A.U. has more than 350 systems installed in more than 50 countries. Teltronic’s LMR solutions are widely deployed in the public safety, oil and gas, transportation, and utilities industries. LMR equipment includes conventional and trunked infrastructure systems, mobiles, hand portables, and dispatching consoles for TETRA, P25, WiMAX/LTE, and MPT-1327 technologies. Headquartered in Spain, Teltronic S.A.U. has direct commercial presence in over 25 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East, Latin America, and the United States. www.powertrunk.com.