New Zealand Firm Extends DMR Network for Christchurch Airport
Monday, October 08, 2018 | Comments

The Orion Group extended its communications network across New Zealand with Motorola Solutions digital radio systems. Motorola Solutions delivered a Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) network to Orion in 2014.

The network is enabling further growth and success for New Zealand’s critical industries including the aviation sector and operations at Christchurch Airport. Each year, more than 6.5 million passengers travel through Christchurch, with that number expected to reach 8.5 million by 2025.

Christchurch Airport worked with Motorola Solutions and TL Parker, a founding member of New Zealand’s Orion Group of channel partners, to upgrade its existing communications network. This provided the airport with smart applications for seamless communications between staff using radios and other devices including smartphones and tablets.

“Smart applications including WAVE enable instant communications between all employees regardless of the type of device they use,” said Tim Morris, manager of airfield operations at Christchurch Airport. “Additionally, with GPS and messaging services we can locate and mobilize our resources instantly in an emergency. This improves situational awareness across the board so we can make better-informed and faster decisions when it matters most.”

The resilience of the airport’s communications network was demonstrated during the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

“Cellular communications went down during the 2011 earthquake, but the radio network remained operational,” said Garry Parker, CEO, TL Parker. “This was due to a single channel dedicated to all airline companies provided by TL Parker and Motorola Solutions. It proved its resilience through each aftershock and was used to help coordinate the safe arrival of civil defense and other emergency personnel into Christchurch within 90 minutes of the earthquake."

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On 10/10/18, Miroslav Skoric said:
That's why amateur radio remains important as an activity regardless of whether it is analog or Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) .


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