Motorola has expanded its Tetra portfolio with an 800MHz system solution, extending the advantages of digital standard beyond the US and Europe. And it has won a multi-million dollar contract to provide the first 800MHz system in Asia.
The 800MHz Tetra (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio) system will provide state-of-the-art features such as packet data applications, Internet access, full duplex telephone interconnect and sophisticated end-to-end encryption.
New generation handsets will be ergonomically designed, compact, lightweight and have built-in GPS, Smart text editor and large ideographic displays that enable customised languages. The company expects to begin delivery of its 800MHz Tetra solution by the end of 2001.
The Asia contract with the Siemens Transportation Systems Group, is to provide a Tetra-integrated communication solution for Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation.
Motorola’s Tetra system for KCRC’s West Rail will comprise communication coverage spanning 30.5km of track alignment, an operational control centre, a backup operational control centre, nine stations and one maintenance centre.
When the system becomes operational at the end of 2003, West Rail will serve 340,000 passengers a day. It will operate 20 trains, each of seven cars per hour in each direction, initially with an average train speed of 60 km/hr.
“It was Motorola’s extensive experience garnered from rail projects such as the London Underground, Singapore Mass Rapid Transit and Malaysia’s Express Rail Link, that positioned them as our preferred communications partner,” said Andreas Holst, transportation systems project director for Siemens AG – the prime contractor for the West Rail project.
The 10-site Tetra system will be used primarily by the West Rail’s train controllers, operators and maintenance personnel for better co-ordination and monitoring of passenger train fleets and maintenance vehicles. The system will include rugged train mobile radios, as well as computer-aided dispatch consoles to enable instant voice communication among train operators, station and control centre operators.
A distinctive feature of the Tetra system is its superior audio clarity. Through the reduction of voice transmission delays and the production of better clarity across the network – the West Rail’s operational staff will reduce the risks of miscommunication.
The Tetra system will integrate with a signaling system to bring enhanced fleet management functionality to KCRC. Advanced features include automated dynamic train run configuration, back-up configuration in times of emergency, passenger PA system calling and customised graphical user interface.
“Communication is vital in managing the daily operations of West Rail efficiently. We are confident that Motorola’s Tetra system will enable us to provide high standards of service and safety for our passengers,” Siddharth Patel, construction manager of rail systems for West Rail, KCRC.
Motorola supplied the world’s first commercial Tetra system for Gardermoen Airport in Norway and will be supplying systems to British Telecom, Copenhagen Metro, The Basque Country, Telefonica Spain, Singapore Mass Rapid Transit, London Underground, Cologne Airport, OTE Greece, Polish Police, Croatian Ministry of Interior, C2000 in The Netherlands and three contracts with Dolphin Telecom including a total of 550,000 Tetra handsets and a nationwide infrastructure in Germany. The company has also supplied Tetra trial systems in Jersey, Germany and Hungary.