SPAIN : Airspan Supplies Wireless Communications System for Heathrow Airport Unmanned Passenger Pods [TendersInfo (India)]
(TendersInfo (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Airspan Networks Inc., a leading provider of 4G broadband wireless access networks, announced today the use of its wireless broadband solution in the Heathrow pod; the unmanned, on-demand passenger transport system designed, implemented and operated by Ultra Global Ltd, a developer of Passenger Rapid Transport (PRT) systems.
Airspan s equipment is used to facilitate the wireless two-way data communication, CCTV video feed and command exchange between the pods and the system control center. The PRT system was launched in 2011 to transport passengers to and from Terminal 5 and the Business Car Park at London s Heathrow Airport in a quick and timely manner. The driverless pods are controlled by a central computer which distributes pods on demand. On average vehicles reach passengers in less than 10 seconds, with 80% of passengers experiencing a zero wait time The entire system is controlled and managed over the wireless network.
The Ultra led project was commissioned by Heathrow Airport operator BAA and the wireless network system was implemented in conjunction with FWA Solutions, a Value Added Distributors of wireless products.
The pod transport system currently consists of 21 driverless electric vehicles which travel up to 25 mph. Each vehicle is equipped with an Airspan ViaNET Mobile Terminal Unit which communicates with a series of Airspan ViaNET base stations deployed along the one-way track.
We have been working for several years to develop and perfect our PRT systems, commented Nas Rasool of Ultra Global PRT. Our Ultra PRT systems provide quick, personal, 21st century transportation solutions that are environmentally friendly and operationally efficient. Airspan s broadband wireless system was a key component of this project, ensuring that the two-way communication between the pods and the control center was reliable and consistent. This type of system is wholly dependent on the computerized communication which requests and deploys the pods as needed and which offers added security with a CCTV camera, all of which are transmitted on Airspan s ViaNET network.
The ViaNET network operates in the 5.8 GHz unlicensed band and incorporates inherent security with high-level authentication and encryption. With transportation applications specifically in mind, ViaNET was designed to provide extremely efficient make-before-break handover between base stations, which ensures that as a vehicle is getting further away from one base station and closer to another, the connection is handed off to the next base station with zero interruption to the communication. A network server, called CrossNET, provides network management and gateway capabilities. Airspan is delighted to supply the wireless solution for this extremely modern and forward-thinking project, commented Paul Senior, Chief Technical Officer of Airspan.
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