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Motorola Solutions deploys communication system to 5th Japanese airport

By Shannon Williams
Wed 29 Jun 2022

Motorola Solutions has extended the reach of interconnected communications to Kansai International Airport, the fifth major airport in Japan to deploy mission-critical communications based on the TETRA standard.

Motorola Solutions with its partner, Nippon Airport Radio Services – which operates airport communication of the Air to Ground radio service and Airport MCA (multi carriers access) radio service – recently deployed the mission critical communication system to Kansai, following the successful integration of Narita, Naha, Haneda and Chubu international airports between 2016 and 2019.

The latest deployment comes as Japan’s tourism and aviation sectors mark an important milestone in its recovery from the global pandemic, reopening borders to international tour groups from this month.

Collectively, the five airports experience high levels of passenger traffic and the largest inflows of Japan’s international cargo. Before the global pandemic, almost 200 million domestic and international travellers transited through the airports annually. 

The highly scalable, single communications system connects critical functions across the five airports including security, operations and baggage handling.

The five airports have also deployed more than 9,000 of Motorola Solutions’ ST7000, MTP6550 and MTM5200 two way radios to support communications for the Civil Aviation Bureau’s air traffic control, runway management, airport security, ground staff, bus transit services and commercial airlines.

Yoshikazu Takahashi, president and CEO, Nippon Airport Radio Services, says the performance of the TETRA communications network and two-way radios had far exceeded expectations.

“Behind the scenes of any airport operation is a carefully coordinated set of activities to manage passenger flows, support on-time performance and maintain security, safety and customer satisfaction,” Takahashi says.

“Motorola Solutions’ advanced TETRA technology has helped our airports to coordinate complex operations every day as well as proving its resilience to typhoons, snow storms and other disasters on many occasions,” he says.

Motorola Solutions vice president for Asia Pacific, Steve Crutchfield, says the mission-critical communications system would meet the operational needs of Japan’s airports today and well into the future.

“With mission critical communication based on the TETRA standard, organisations can deliver and scale their services to meet increasing demands while upholding the highest levels of safety, security and productivity,” he says. 

Motorola Solutions' land mobile radio communications, video security & access control and command centre software, bolstered by managed & support services, create an integrated technology ecosystem to help make communities safer and businesses stay productive and secure. 
 
NAR is operating airport communication of Air to Ground radio service and Airport MCA (Multi Carriers Access) radio service and contribute to the aviation industry by expanding the airport radio system and networking it to strengthen disaster prevention capabilities in the event of a natural disaster, and by performing its duties as a telecommunications carrier specialising in airports.

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