Efficiency, business continuity, service recovery, utilisation, safety and security on a massive.

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Airports have become remarkable places, entire communities, employing tens of thousands of people within their perimeters, and covering areas measured in square miles, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Running an airport can be likened to running a large town, for instance the three hundred companies operating within London Heathrow Airport employ 80,000 people, which is roughly equivalent to the population of Warrington, a large conurbation in the UK. This is hardly surprising when they serve over 65 million passengers arriving at, departing from, or transferring through the airport.

Clear, reliable and effective SL4000 two way radio communications of both voice and data between diverse teams in an airport is not just important, it’s mission critical to operational efficiency, business continuity, safety and security.

In the past, companies within airports operated as separate entities and developed their own two-way radio systems to allow them to communicate with their clients, typically airlines; while in turn, airlines needed to communicate with both their suppliers and their own teams.

This led to a proliferation of isolated communications systems and resulted in huge inefficiencies and a high risk to the resident airport community and passengers in the event of an emergency or disaster.

In recent years however, this situation has changed across the world’s airports with investment in integrated solutions to allow cross communication between individuals and user groups operating at desks, on foot or from vehicles, including:

Airport management
Airlines
Airline agents
Ground services
Flight and cabin crew
Engineering
Construction
Maintenance
In-flight catering
Retail and catering
Hotels and Car Parks
Transfer services
Baggage handling
Cleaning services
Freight handling
Border control
Security teams
Safety teams

As you would expect, Kenwood analogue two-way radio communications equipment has been in use at many of the world’s leading airports for years and now with NEXEDGE® digital two-way radio systems incorporating hand-portable walkie-talkies, mobile units and repeaters operating in fully scalable digital trunked systems, more airports than ever are migrating to the outstanding coverage, flexibility and security that digital two way radio offers. Recent NEXEDGE® Airport installations include the six largest airports in Turkey and Vnukovo Airport in Moscow.

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