The FINANCIAL — Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) announced on February 9 that it has installed a network of 43 Motorola PTP600 series wireless Ethernet bridges for the Polish Maritime Border Guard. The network will be used to co-ordinate border surveillance as well as search and rescue operations across 450 kilometres of coastline.
Supplied by local partner Sprint, the links connect 29 border guard points and 11 intermediary points onto a single network, transmitting real-time, mission-critical data to the Central Supervision Centre (CSC) in Gdansk.
"Linking to an automated radar surveillance system, the PTP wireless network allows the Border Guard to pinpoint the location of aircraft or vessels travelling across the Baltic coastline and to monitor activity approximately 12 miles offshore. High-speed communication links provide up to 100 Mbps of bandwidth, enabling the CSC to receive data, video and images from the border guard points." Motorola reports.
“We needed a robust, secure communication solution to support the identification and tracking of goods and people moving across our border,” said Janusz Karpiuk, chief section of Telecommunications Department, Polish Border Guard. “One of the challenges we faced was finding a suitable technology that could be deployed rapidly, offer flexibility in times of crisis management and provide coverage across a vast geographic area, where there can be high levels of interference.”
Motorola’s PTP600 series wireless Ethernet bridges were chosen due to their ease of deployment. Operating in the unlicensed spectrum, the solution alleviates the delay and expense of applying for a license to establish high-throughput links.
According to Henrik Asbjörn, vice president Channel Growth Operations, Motorola Government & Public Safety, EMEA, the PTP600 series delivers the speed and reliability of licensed wireless links and is designed to operate in non-line-of-sight or long-distance line-of-sight, high-interference environments. “It provides a robust link that dynamically selects the channels which can sustain the highest data rate and the most reliable availability. Communications are encoded using a unique scrambling mechanism to ensure maximum security of over-the-air transmissions.”
The Ethernet bridges were deployed on existing towers located along the coastline. “These towers were fitted with other wireless devices that form part of the automated radar surveillance system and it was important that the links did not interfere with this equipment. In addition, the network had to be capable of collecting and transmitting information generated from a wide range of devices, including low light level- and closed-circuit television, vessel monitoring and vehicle tracking technology,” noted Wojciech Pigon, project manager at Sprint.
Motorola’s Prizm integrated Element Management System simplifies and enhances management of the network by enabling centralised control of fault management, performance monitoring and configuration. This significantly reduces the time and money spent on network management and maintenance.
“Motorola’s PTP600 series has enabled us to install a broadband communications system quickly and at low cost. It is easy to configure and simple to operate, providing an effective way to support our objectives for public safety and inter-agency border management,” noted Karpiuk.
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