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Airport and Airline Systems

Airports are a perfect environment for SoftRadio.

SAS - Scandinavian Airline Systems
SoftRadio at SAS

Example from Scandinavian Airline Systems

The largest installation of Mimer SoftRadio is used by SAS. They have connected all Scandinavian airports to a dispatch center in Frösundavik, Stockholm. The main connection is their own WAN system, but they also use public Internet for remote locations.

At each airport there is a ground radio system, at many airports old analogue channels in VHF or UHF and in the larger airports it is Tetra. At most airports there is also one or more airband radios. This means that the dispatchers can talk both to ground personnel and to approaching airplanes through the same user interface.

All audio in the system is also recorded through Mimer VoiceLog servers.

For backup reasons there is also an extra standby dispatch central at Arlanda Airport, that can be operational at short notice.

In total the system has about 50 operators and 60 radios spread out over Scandinavia.

Pilot add-on with PoC functionality
To make the turn around faster at the airport gates, SAS connects the pilots into the ground radio call that is ongoing around the airplane at the gate. However the pilots doesn´t use a standard two way radio for this, it would be to complicated since every airport has its own radio system. The pilots instead uses their smart phones and an application that connects them to the two way radio call. This is done with Mimer equipment and in cooperation with a company called GroupTalk. You can read more here.

BIAL-The international Airport in Bangalore India
SoftRadio at BIAL Airport

Example from BIAL in India.

For their new airport wing in BIAL they choose to install a Mimer SoftRadio system in their main control center.

The system has 11 operators working with 6 air band radios and 6 trunked Tetra radios. It has also a supervising system that will report any errors to the service team. The system has been operational since 2013 and was expanded during 2017.

Read more on the supervising system here.

The system was sold and set up in cooperation with our systems partner Testadvance from Melbourne.

More Airport possibilities
SoftRadio Airport example

Dispatchers using both airband and local radios.

Connecting not only the ground radio but also the ground to air radio (airband) used when approaching an airport gives the opportunity to remotely speak to planes that are flying in to airports in remote areas where there are no personnel. Or just to listen in on the conversation from a central city dispatch.

This can be used to centralize communications for many airports to one single point.

You may also cross connect the different radio types, allowing the planes to talk to ground personnel that do not have the airband radio.

Examples of Airports and Airlines using SoftRadio
  • Arlanda
  • Kastrup
  • Gardermoen
  • Landvetter
  • Kallax
  • Bial
  • Dublin
  • Schiphol
  • Heathrow
  • Stansted
  • AirAsia
  • Tokyo Airport
  • Antigua and Barbuda
Mimer SoftRadio
Virtual Control Head Icom Airband radio

Among the radios that are supported by Mimer SoftRadio with channel change and more, you now also find the airband radio Icom IC-A120.

Virtual Control Head, Jotron Airband Radio

Also the Jotron TR7750 Airband radio is supported with a Virtual Control Head.

Virtual Control Head for MTM5400

And you can also connect other types of radios such as Tetra, DMR or old analogue.

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