Twice named the region’s most efficient airport and four times the most punctual, Oslo Airport Gardermoen is protecting its reputation for quality with an operations centre among the most advanced in Europe.
Deployed at the heart of the new centre is Zetron’s Acom Advanced Communications System, a mission-critical touch-screen system that enables just three operators to handle many of the radio and telephone calls between the 13,000 people and 100 companies that together keep the airport open for business – even during the worst Scandinavian winters.
At Gardermoen the Acom system brings 27 TETRA, VHF and UHF radio channels and 60 PABX lines onto single screens, making it easy for operators to coordinate key elements of ground operations from power and other support systems to security, fire and rescue. Acom displays enable operators to swiftly make the right decisions, get the right teams and people talking, and keep the airport functioning efficiently.
The same Zetron system is already in service at other airports including Geneva and London Heathrow, and with airlines and emergency control centres around the world.
As well as being a solution with a track record for reliability and flexibility, Acom has substantial capacity for cost-effective expansion as Gardermoen’s traffic volumes grow and new communication technologies are deployed. Gardermoen is Norway’s international aviation hub and is now embarked on a second phase of expansion that will grow capacity from 21 to 28 million passengers a year.
Zetron’s installation partner at Gardermoen was regional system integrator TC Connect. The Norwegian company configured the Acom system to operate with multiple brands of existing hardware including Motorola radio equipment, and worked with the airport’s control staff to customise their display screens.
Says Gardermoen control centre project leader Alf-Einar Larsen: “The graphical user interface is one of the many strengths of the Zetron system. It means that each member of staff can logon and have information presented to them just the way they want it. The combined Zetron and TC Connect team has delivered a highly capable solution that will enable us to maintain and build upon our reputation for quality service to airlines and travellers even as we set out on our latest expansion programme.”
“Reliability is an absolute pre-requisite for this sector and Acom delivers, every time” says Zetron’s EMEA vice president and general manager Alan Pinnegar. “The Oslo team is justifiably proud of its reputation and we are delighted to be part of maintaining the operational capability of Norway’s busiest airport.”