3T Communications AG (3T), in partnership with its parent company Sepura, has been awarded a contract to provide a TETRA mobile communications network to AUDI AG’s headquarters and largest production plant in Ingolstadt, Germany.
The technical solution combines 3T’s TETRA infrastructure with Sepura’s terminals to ensure high-quality, consistent communications coverage over the 2.6 million m2 site.
The network will operate in challenging environments, from the noisy production floor which includes the body-shop, paint-shop and assembly line, to the transmissions and emissions centre, the wind tunnel and technical development centres through to the Neustadt an der Donau proving ground.
In addition to having to overcome these hostile conditions, it will also be required to handle high volumes of voice and data traffic to support the company’s complex central services such as the plant fire brigade, factory security, logistics and process control communications.
To meet these specific requirements, TETRA emerged as the obvious choice, and the system chosen utilises 3T’s eXTRAS TETRA system together with 630 Sepura radio terminals - including its intrinsically-safe STP8X radio, the high-performance STP8000 hand-held terminal, the SRG3900 mobile radio and the SRC3300covert terminal. The system is being developed, delivered and installed with the support of Abel & Käufl Mobilfunkhandels GmbH.
‘After evaluating the options, we awarded the contract based on the system that would deliver the best in terms of functionality and reliability, to fulfil both our immediate and ongoing demands,’ said Klaus Goettl, responsible for the Radio Communication Network and Head of Automation at AUDI.
‘We believe the communications solution plays a key role in the efficiency of the production site and test tracks, and as such will help to improve our complex operations immensely.’
AUDI has one of the most modern production locations in the automotive industry. The Ingolstadt plant produced about 580,000 vehicles in 2011, including the Audi A3, A4, A5 and Q5 models, and employs over 35,000 staff who all depend on reliable, secure and safe communication in extremely diverse conditions.