Hytera supplies DMR two-way radio solution to Eurotunnel

Hytera DMR solution will be used by Eurotunnel traffic marshals at the UK end of the Channel Tunnel to enable communication between staff and the control centre

Hytera supplies DMR two-way radio solution to Eurotunnel

Hytera’s UK distributor ANT Telecom, a bespoke communication provider, has recently won the tender to provide a two-way radio solution to Eurotunnel, manages and operates rail services between Britain and France via the Channel Tunnel.

The solution customised for site-wide and emergency channel communication went live in April 2014. The solution will be used at the Folkestone site (UK) by traffic marshals within four different divisions; tourist, HGV1, HGV2 and motorway, allowing communication between the teams and the control centre.

Eurotunnel also required a new emergency channel functionality, which will provide priority emergency communication spanning all four divisions.

The flexible and bespoke solution provided by Hytera meets some of the more technically challenging aspects of Eurotunnel’s requirements. It also offers additional functionality including dispatching, lone worker with location detection, messaging and automatic alarm messaging in order to provide a robust and future-proof communication solution.

John Keefe of Eurotunnel, said: “We selected Hytera products because of the specification of the devices provided, specifically the high IP level, IP67 and multi-lines display.

“Furthermore, the solution appealed to us because of the emergency call functionality and the possibility to upgrade the system if needed in future, particularly the GPS localisation, trunk mode and man-down alarm functionality.”

Klaus Allion, managing director, ANT Telecom, commented: “Digital radio has, in recent years, re-energized the radio market and has given users the chance to replace traditional analogue radio systems with a more effective multi-purpose digital offering.

“However, we feel we really need to work in a collaborative fashion in order to identify the key issues to provide an effective, future-proof solution that truly meets the needs of our customers and their various stakeholders.

“Both we and Hytera are extremely pleased to be working with Eurotunnel to deliver an on-site communications solution that will meet their unique business requirements and deliver on-going benefits into the future.”

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