Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in Jordan has selected Sepura TETRA radios for all its digital communications requirements. This prestigious contract was achieved in conjunction with the Airport International Group (AIG) responsible for the operation of QAIA, the engineering organisation Joannou & Paraskevaides Group (J&P) and SITA, a global specialist in air transport communication and IT solutions.

Sepura radios will operate on the airport’s new TETRA system which provides coverage in a variety of zones, including the passenger and cargo terminals, all service corridors, the apron area, the car parks, the bus stations and all the underground facilities, such as the telecom and maintenance rooms.

Sepura’s TETRA equipment is part of SITA’s systems integration for QAIA Airport which will provide a total airport IT solution operating 70 check-in counters, 18 departure gates, 16 transfer desks, 10 check-in kiosks and 133 flight display screens across its 90,000 sq metres.

Sepura’s outstanding global track record in the airport sector led to the choice of Sepura STP8000 hand-portable TETRA radios with the objective to provide secure voice and data communications. QAIA’s communications team also selected Sepura’s STP8X Intrinsically-Safe hand-portable radios, the only TETRA terminals to be approved to the latest and highly demanding version 6 of the IECEx / ATEX standard. These radios will be particularly beneficial to airport teams, such as the fire brigade and the airplane refuelling teams, operating in potentially hazardous conditions and areas.

Middle East sales director Karl Whyte, said: "This significant contract emphasises Sepura’s growth in the Middle East and consolidates Sepura position in security and management of airports around the world. Security and safety are key factors and considerations for airport operators and our complete TETRA solutions are proven to satisfy these requirements".

Located 35km from the heart of the capital Amman, QAIA was first inaugurated in 1983 to become Jordan’s key gateway to the world. The airport served 6.2 million passengers in 2012 in addition to providing air cargo and other aviation support services.