Motorola Solutions announced today (10 May 2012) that the energy utility company RheinEnergie AG has selected Motorola to upgrade and expand its Motorola TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) digital radio system in Cologne, Germany.
Motorola will upgrade the existing TETRA digital radio network to its latest Dimetra TETRA Release 8.0 platform in addition to enhancing system resilience through the provision of additional redundant elements. It will also enhance capacity and deliver lower running costs through streamlined system upgrades and maintenance.
Motorola said its Dimetra TETRA Release 8.0 platform delivers many new capabilities and enables significant reduction of operating costs for users through reduced site footprint, efficient site connectivity options and up to 60% less power consumption.
RheinEnergie’s TETRA digital two-way radio network has 21 available frequencies and a public trunking license. This enables RheinEnergie to expand the network to external subscribers and its cooperative partners. The TETRA digital two-way radio network is used by the Municipal Public Order Office of the City of Cologne, the municipal water treatment works of Cologne and the Ford car plants.
The upgrade and expansion for RheinEnergie is Motorola’s third implementation of its latest Dimetra TETRA platform for a utility company, following the recent announcement of the upgrade of the Vattenfall TETRA systems in Berlin and Hamburg.
The TETRA digital radio solutions from Motorola enable RheinEnergie to communicate reliably with its field employees at all times. Even if public mobile or cable-based telephone networks should fail during serious disasters, RheinEnergie technicians can still be contacted due to the redundant infrastructure of the TETRA digital radio solutions.
Motorola has been a TETRA technology partner to RheinEnergie since 2005. The network implemented at RheinEnergie was the first IP-capable TETRA system in Germany. Motorola delivers TETRA solutions to provide a fail-safe communications system that enables field workers to have access to required information at any time and at any location to further reduce power outages.
Wolfgang Hertling, manager of information technology at RheinEnergie, said: ‘To supply the Cologne region without disruptions with electricity, gas and water, fast response times are crucial in our daily business. By implementing the TETRA digital radio system together with Motorola, we benefit from the reliable transmission of voice and data. Furthermore, the TETRA system allows us to implement applications for telecontrol, telemetry and workforce management. We are looking forward to continuing to work with Motorola.’