Glasgow subway to get Airwave mobile comms network


Glasgow subway to get Airwave mobile comms network

Antony Savvas

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has awarded Airwave a £4.2m contract to install its mobile comms network throughout the Glasgow subway system.

Airwave will replace SPT's existing analogue radio system with its secure digital radio technology, that is already being used and deployed by the emergency services and other public safety organisations across the UK.

The Airwave system will be installed throughout the Glasgow subway network, providing radio communications in all trains, tunnels and stations.

It will enable SPT personnel to benefit from resilient coverage with one another and the subway control room. In addition, it will provide SPT personnel with the ability to communicate with the emergency services and other public safety organisations.

The £4.2m contract will run over a seven year period with Airwave designing, installing and managing the network.

The infrastructure necessary to support the installation of Airwave coverage in the subway will also give the SPT the capability to offer users mobile phone coverage on trains and deliver improved information services in the tunnels.

Gordon Maclennan, assistant chief executive of SPT, said, "Airway’s TETRA-based digital system is considered one of the best in the industry and is far superior to analogue.

"It is also currently used by the police, including British Transport Police, and is being adopted by other emergency services, making it an essential contribution to SPT’s emergency planning and improving the safety of our subway passengers."


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