Siemens has launched its new Ruggedcom WIN portfolio of rugged WiMAX devices, which are designed to allow setting-up of secure high-speed wireless networks in airports.
Developed to be compatible with Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System (AeroMACS) wireless communications standard, the Ruggedcom WIN products can be installed and operated in ground vehicles, control stations, weather stations and at security gates.
The three rugged network products in line are the Ruggedcom WIN7251 base station, facilitating high-speed broadband communication with a large number of subscriber units across the entire airport site.
Ruggedcom WIN 5251 is a fixed subscriber unit, which can be permanently installed in locations such as boarding gates, radar masts or weather stations.
Ruggedcom WIN 5151 is a mobile subscriber unit that can be deployed on any type of service vehicle.
The products are capable of withstanding harsh environments and can be used for transferring of security surveillance videos as well as the exchange of flight and meteorological data on takeoff and landing at all weather conditions.
Deploying the products at base stations will enable direct communication with each other and will render the requirement for a back office inessential.
This in turn is expected to effectively reduce the operational costs.
AeroMACS, which is currently under test phase, is due to be adopted as the only internationally valid standard for airport ground communications.
Siemens being a member of the WiMAX Forum is supporting the launch of the standard, which is set to enhance the existing communications in airports.
Image: Siemens is one of the first suppliers to offer network components for wireless networks in airports worldwide. Photo: courtesy of Siemens AG.