British Airways deploys Motorola Solutions Wave Broadband PTT solution
extending Ground-to-Air radio communications
There were several driving factors for our client British Airways to commence this project. Firstly, BA needed to relocate operations from its facility in the Compass Centre to its Waterside headquarters and Terminal 5. Secondly, the airline needed to reduce the total cost of ownership of voice, video and data services in use. Finally, British Airways wanted a way to manage communication services with ease.
In support of its technology strategy to embrace IP, British Airways had already deployed a CCCM IP telephony solution operating on a converged IP network. With IP convergence enabling voice and data packets to be transported on a single network infrastructure, BA was now in a position to also transfer its ground-to- air communications onto its IP network.
To improve its communications services, they selected an on-premise, fully managed and maintained solution from Radiocoms Systems Ltd. The solution features Motorola Solutions WAVE 5000 operating on British Airways’ existing converged IP network. Comprised of a number of elements, the WAVE 5K solution deployed included clients on standard desktop PCs, and bespoke server infrastructure.
“By putting our ground-to-air communications directly on our IP network, we could dispense with expensive remote terminals and leased lines, gaining the flexibility to adapt to every changing airport environment using any readily available network ports.” Lee Weatherley, Voice/Video Solutions Manager, British Airways. “WAVE is a tremendously powerful unified communications platform with a suite of applications that makes it possible for teams of people, whether mobile or in their offices, to effectively communicate and collaborate.”