TETRA Flies at Leipzig/Halle Airport
Innovative digital radio system provided by Motorola optimizes communication infrastructure for German airport
Taunusstein, Germany – 24 April, 2007 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) announced today that it has won a contract to supply a TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio) digital radio system to Leipzig/Halle Airport, which serves almost 2 million passengers a year and is the largest airport in Saxony. The contract also includes a range of Motorola TETRA terminals for mobile voice and data communication. The deployment of the digital TETRA radio network is scheduled for completion by the end of July 2007.
The new TETRA digital radio system will support airport operations such as fleet, freight and logistics management. Motorola’s Dimetra IP system, the latest in TETRA technology, will also provide Leipzig/Halle Airport with failsafe seamless communication and sophisticated voice technology which, for example, provides outstanding clarity of audio even with the loud background noise typical at airports. In addition to voice, Dimetra IP enables reliable data communication and is scalable to support future network growth. There are currently 600 users.
“Our decision to award this contract to Motorola followed a highly competitive pitch. As an existing supplier of more than ten years and with proven expertise in the field of critical communications, we are convinced that Motorola offered the most efficient and cost effective solution on the market. We are committed to ensuring the delivery of the best possible service for the passenger and freight processes”, says Dietmar Rost, director communications and informatics, Leipzig/Halle Airport.
Motorola will supply a complete Dimetra IP TETRA communications solution to Leipzig/Halle Airport, utilizing Motorola’s IP TETRA switch and the MTS TETRA Base Station to provide optimum TETRA coverage across the airport. Radio users at the airport will be supplied with a range of Motorola TETRA terminals including Motorola’s MTP850 handheld radios as well as its MTM800 mobile radio. Motorola’s comprehensive range of TETRA devices and solutions provide enhanced communications features to harness both the voice and data capabilities of the Dimetra IP system.
“Transport companies are increasingly looking at technologies such as TETRA to provide support for critical communications. For airport operators, efficient and failsafe communications are essential to ensuring passenger safety and security standards are met,” says Manuel Torres, vice president, Motorola Networks & Enterprise.
The contract builds on Motorola’s leadership in the deployment of TETRA solutions into vertical markets, in addition to public safety. Today’s announcement adds to a number of other airports across the world who have selected Motorola such as Gardermoen (Norway), Madrid, Munich, Nairobi, Prague and Shanghai. Today’s announcement reflects the growing demand for Motorola TETRA solutions in the industrial, commercial and transportation markets.
Motorola is committed to innovation on the TETRA platform, including the creation of applications and the development of TETRA2 technology. Motorola’s Dimetra IP based solutions, including its latest Dimetra IP Compact solution, are ideally suited to providing a cost effective system for all kinds of markets. Motorola’s TETRA solutions are scalable so they can be deployed to meet current communications needs and easily be expanded to provide additional coverage and services as required.
TETRA is the open standard for PMR as defined by ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute). Motorola has been instrumental, together with other TETRA industry players, in supporting the standard since its inception in the late 1980s. TETRA has evolved to become a mission-critical tool in public safety and has been rolled out across 77 countries worldwide. Motorola continues to work with industry partners, the TETRA Association and ETSI to drive the standard forward.
About Leipzig/Halle Airport
Starting in 1990, Leipzig/Halle Airport has been converted into one of Europe’s most modern airports. About one million Euros were invested in the creation of a high-performance infrastructure which, through its forward-looking concept, ensures long-term planning and investment reliability.
In particular, the validity of the long-term development strategy of the airport’s owners and management was underscored by the decision of Deutsche Post World Net to rely on Leipzig/Halle as their European DHL hub as of 2008, in addition to Wilmington in the USA and Hong Kong in Asia. About 50 DHL cargo planes will use Leipzig/Halle on a daily basis to handle up to 2,000 tons of cargo per night.
In the 2007 summer season, the timetable comprises up to 341 connections per week to 76 destinations in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. In the European region, the airport offers, among others, daily scheduled flights to London (Air Berlin), Paris (Air France), Vienna (Austrian Airlines), Venice, Milan, Neapel, Rijeka, Klagenfurt and Salzburg (TUIfly). LTU serves long-distance destinations with non-stop flights to the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) and Cuba (Varadero).
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