Motorola boosts communication in Japanese airports with Kansai deal

Steve Crutchfield, Vice President for Asia Pacific at Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions has extended interconnected communications to Kansai International Airport, the fifth major airport in the country to deploy mission-critical communications based on the TETRA standard. Motorola Solutions with its partner, Nippon Airport Radio Services Co. Ltd, deployed the communication system to Kansai, following the successful integration of Narita, Naha, Haneda and Chubu international airports between 2016 and 2019.

Why is the advancement critical in the grand scheme?

The latest deployment comes as Japan’s tourism and aviation sectors mark an important milestone in its recovery from the global pandemic, reopening borders to international tour groups from this month. Collectively, the five airports experience high levels of passenger traffic and the largest inflows of Japan’s international cargo. Before the pandemic, almost 200 million domestic and international travellers transited through the airports annually. 

The scalable, single communications system connects critical functions across the five airports including security, operations and baggage handling. The five airports have also deployed over 9,000 of Motorola Solutions’ ST7000, MTP6550 and MTM5200 two-way radios to support communications for the Civil Aviation Bureau’s air traffic control, runway management, airport security, ground staff, bus transit services and commercial airlines.

What were the executives’ thoughts on the deal?

Yoshikazu Takahashi, President and CEO, Nippon Airport Radio Services Co. Ltd said the TETRA network and two-way radios had exceeded expectations. “Behind the scenes of any airport operation is a coordinated set of activities to manage passenger flows, support on-time performance and maintain security, safety and customer satisfaction,” Takahashi said.

“Motorola Solutions’ advanced TETRA technology has helped our airports to coordinate complex operations and proving its resilience to typhoons and other disasters,” he said.

Motorola Solutions Vice President for Asia Pacific (APAC), Steve Crutchfield, said the mission-critical communications system would meet the operational needs of Japan’s airports today and well into the future. “With mission critical communication based on the TETRA standard, various organisations can deliver and scale their services to meet increasing demands while upholding the highest levels of safety, security and productivity,” Crutchfield commented.