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Motorola Solutions has deployed a digital radio system at New Zealand’s Christchurch Airport to enhance communications as the airport manages a travel boom in the country.

The deployment extends the Orion Group’s advanced communications network across New Zealand.  

Motorola says the "highly flexible" communications network is enabling further growth and success for New Zealand’s critical industries including the aviation sector – and claims the network is playing a critical role in the delivery of efficient and safe operations every day 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, and with such heavy passenger flows through the international gateway to the South Island, Christchurch Airport relies on its communication system to keep services running on time, staff and passengers safe.

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, providing the airport with smart applications for communication between staff using radios and other devices including smartphones and tablets.

“Smart applications including WAVE enable instant communication between all employees regardless of the type of device they use,” said Tim Morris, manager of Airfield Operations at Christchurch Airport.

TL Parker claims 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 TL Parker chief executive Garry 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 defence and other emergency personnel into Christchurch within 90 minutes of the earthquake."


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).


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