|[17 NOV 98]
MARCONI COMMUNICATIONS PRESS RELEASE
Singapore Tunes To Marconi Radio
Singapores prestigious Mass Railway Transit (MRT) system is to use
Marconi Communications latest radio system on its new 20 kilometre North East Line, which
is scheduled to eventually carry around 400,000 passengers daily.
The new radio system, known as TETRA, will provide the
North East MRT Line with state-of-the-art voice and data communication between the
operational control centre, trains, passengers and station personnel. The line, stretches
for over 20km from the World Trade Centre to Punggol.
This is the latest success with TETRA (TERRestrial Trunked
Radio) for Marconi. Mike Parton managing director of Marconi Communications, said:
"TETRA is recognised as the standard for a new
generation of digital trunked radio products, aimed at PMR (Professional Mobile Radio) and
PAMR (Public Access Mobile Radio) applications. While its ability to deliver transmissions
securely is well recognised, our product range has many other characteristics that appeal
to a wide range of sectors, including transportation and railways, police forces, oil
exploration sites, industrial plant, rescue services and fire brigades.
"We are particularly proud to have developed this
system at a time when many of our founders achievements, 100 years ago, are being
Marconi signed its contract with NEC Systems Integration
& Construction Limited (NESIC), the preferred systems integrator of MITSUI & Co.,
Ltd for the Singapore Land Transport Authoritys (LTA) North East MRT Line Project.
Marconi Communications is a world leader in smart broadband
transmission and network integration. It was formed by the merger of GPT Limited, Marconi
SpA, GEC Hong Kong and other businesses wholly owned by GEC, a global manufacturer of
intelligent electronic systems.
TETRA (TERRestrial Trunked Radio) is a new type of wireless
communication system. Its handsets and in-vehicle terminals are ideal for any group of
users needing high-performance wireless communications, including the emergency services,
construction companies, public utilities and public services (such as Customs or
environment protection), transport, utilities, industry (manufacturing, mining, oil) and
A European standard that is rapidly becoming a global
phenomenon, TETRA heralds a new era in wireless communications. Its combination of
performance, features and facilities cannot be matched by any other mobile communications
standard, including faster data speeds than any mobile technology currently available.
Today, most public safety organisations, such as ambulance
services, run their own (analogue) systems know as PMR (Private Mobile Radio); many other
users rely on systems from network operators. TETRA can replace both types of network,
supporting private an public users.
TETRA combines the features of digital cellular, mobile
radio, wireless data and paging. It offers national coverage, high voice quality, fast
call set-up and support for private workgroups of users. It delivers secure, high-quality
communications whatever the signal conditions and in noisy environments, with easy-to-use,
two-way conversation - including full interconnection with the fixed telephone network.
Internet access and even image transmission have been demonstrated successfully.
This Singapore announcement comes almost exactly 100 years
since the companys founder, radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi, achieved the very first
ship-to-shore wireless communications in an historic link-up between the South Foreland
lighthouse in Kent and the East Goodwin lightship 12 miles away.
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