Microwave Journal

Tyco Electronics' M/A-COM Business Enhances Mission Critical Communications For Poland's Two Largest Airports

June 12, 2007
LOWELL, Mass. - June 12, 2007 - Tyco Electronics, a worldwide leader of critical radio communications systems, today announced that its M/A-COM business has completed installation of new radio equipment to improve the communications capability for two of Poland's largest airports, John Paul II International Airport in Krakow and The Frederic Chopin International Airport, located in Warsaw. Both installations include M/A-COM Project 25IP (P25) digital communications network technology, along with internetworking to existing M/A-COM EDACS (Enhanced Digital Access Communications System) equipment, which are both supported by the M/A-COM VIDA (Voice Interoperable Data Access) network technology. These additions will improve dependability of interoperable communications at each airport, helping airport personnel and security to ensure safe passage for the millions of travelers who pass through the airports every year. "Since its induction into the European Union, Poland has experienced a significant rise in tourism, both holiday and business-related, highlighting the need for more advanced communications capabilities for airport security and personnel," said Tomasz Rzeszutek, general manager, Tyco Electronics' M/A-COM business, Poland. "The extended coverage and improved reliability of the systems in Krakow and Warsaw will contribute to the safety of the ever-increasing number of passengers traveling through these airports now and in the future." Communications officials at John Paul II International Airport replaced its analog system with a six channel, single-site M/A-COM P25IP digital communications network with a VIDA switch, which has the capability to support a TETRA (TErrestrial TRunked RAdio) network. The trunked system utilizes one C3 Maestro console and one VIP console, all designed to accommodate more than 150 members of airport security and staff. Planned future expansion will include three interoperability gateways, IP telephone interconnect and IP logging recorder capabilities. At The Frederic Chopin International Airport, Tyco Electronics' M/A-COM business partnered with Tyco Fire & Integrated Solutions (UK) Ltd. to install a radio re-broadcast communications system for the airport's new Terminal 2 building. The system extends the existing EDACS trunked radio network from Terminal 1, and provides seamless communications capabilities between the two terminals. The EDACS system also has the ability to expand to meet the future communications needs of airport personnel. "Analog legacy systems worldwide are quickly approaching the end of their product lifecycles, and the need for flexible, integrated network solutions is becoming more important every day," said John Vaughan, senior vice president and CTO, Tyco Electronics' M/A-COM business. "The VIDA network solution meets and exceeds this need by providing a secure, flexible platform that can be configured to the requirements of any critical communications system with multiple components and technologies." The M/A-COM VIDA network platform is a cost-effective, IP-based interoperable radio communications technology that can support TETRA, P25 and other IP-based systems. VIDA uses standard network protocols and an open architecture, and operates in a client/server environment, to address the voice and data communications needs of public safety radio users around the world. EDACS is a high-performance, group-oriented critical radio communications system that provides flexible and efficient wide-area network operations, and is capable of carrying voice and data on a single system. Tyco Electronics' M/A-COM business is a leading supplier of critical communications systems and equipment for public safety, utility, federal and select commercial markets. M/A-COM products range from some of the most advanced IP-based voice and data networks, to traditional wireless systems that offer customers the highest levels of reliability, interoperability, scalability and security. Tyco Electronics is also a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of M/A-COM radio frequency (RF), microwave and millimeter wave solutions for the commercial wireless telecommunications, aerospace and defense industries. More information about M/A-COM solutions can be found on the Web at www.macom.com or www.macom-wireless.com.