Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Japan has equipped Motorola Solutions’ mission-critical interconnected TETRA communications system.

Along with its partner, Nippon Airport Radio Services, Motorola Solutions has deployed the system at a time when Japan’s tourism and aviation sectors are looking to rebound from the impact of the pandemic by opening borders to international tour groups.

Motorola Solutions Asia-Pacific vice-president Steve Crutchfield explained that the mission-critical communications system has the potential to meet the present, as well as future, operational requirements of Japanese airports.

Crutchfield said: “With mission-critical communication based on the TETRA standard, organisations can deliver and scale their services to meet increasing demands while upholding the highest levels of safety, security and productivity.”

KIX has become the fifth airport in the country to implement the system. It was also deployed between 2016 and 2019 at Narita, Naha, Haneda and Chubu international airports.

The technology has been designed to connect critical functions, including security, operations and baggage handling, across the five Japanese airports.

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Motorola Solutions said that the five airports have also been equipped with more than 9,000 ST7000, MTP6550 and MTM5200 two-way radios.

These electronic devices support communications between the Civil Aviation Bureau’s air traffic control, runway management, airport security, ground staff, bus transit services and commercial airlines.

Nippon Airport Radio Services president and CEO Yoshikazu Takahashi said: “Behind the scenes of any airport operation is a carefully coordinated set of activities to manage passenger flows, support on-time performance and maintain security, safety and customer satisfaction.

“Motorola Solutions’ advanced TETRA technology has helped our airports to coordinate complex operations every day, as well as proving its resilience to typhoons, snow storms and other disasters on many occasions.”

Last May, KIX initiated the Terminal 1 Renovation Project with a ground-breaking ceremony.