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NEC Australia delivers critical communications system for Australian air traffic control

  • 04 August, 2005 16:28

<p>NEC Australia today announced the completion of stage two of its critical systems integration project with Airservices Australia, working with the government agency to install the primary communications system for air traffic control in Australia.</p>
<p>NEC Australia is implementing a project to replace the current air-ground-air communications system, having been selected as the prime contractor for the supply of a Very High Frequency Air Ground Air (VHF AGA) System in December 2003.</p>
<p>The project, valued at AU$34million, includes the initial infrastructure supply and an ongoing service and support contract to maintain the system.</p>
<p>NEC Australia’s Project Manager, Tom Henry, has managed the project since its inception and commented that, “the NEC communications system upgrade effectively allows vital ground-based personnel to manage the safe and orderly flow of aircraft into, out of and between airports in Australia.” He added that, “NEC has worked closely with both Airservices Australia and our subcontractors in a cooperative environment to ensure that the project is delivered on time and to meet Airservices Australia’s requirements.”</p>
<p>A vital part of the project has now been completed. Radios and Radio Interface Controller (RIC) equipment are now being installed at 160 remote sites, including recent installations at Point Lookout near Coffs Harbour and Springbrook on the Gold Coast. Three main centre sites in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane have also been equipped with Voice Switch Interface Controller (VIC) equipment.</p>
<p>Airservices Australia’s Project Manager, David Mitchell, said that, “NEC Australia has consistently met major project milestones and delivered a product that has fully met our requirements. NEC has demonstrated their expertise in undertaking system integration and project management activities in a very professional manner. We are confident that NEC will continue to provide excellent service throughout the seven years of the follow-on support contract.”</p>
<p>Stage one of the project involved the design, analysis, manufacture, assembly, factory acceptance, delivery and site acceptance of equipment at the three central sites, as well as two remote sites. This stage acted as a pilot network representing terrestrial (land line and link) and satellite bearer communications that exist in the complete network.</p>
<p>The critical manufacture, assembly and delivery of equipment to an additional 28 remote sites has just been completed as part of stage two and equipment will be fully installed by September this year. The remaining 120 plus sites of stage three equipment will be installed by July next year, signaling the completion of the final stage of the project.</p>
<p>Rohde and Schwarz are contracted by NEC Australia to provide VHF radio equipment, while Frequentis (Austria) are contracted to provide the VIC and RIC equipment.</p>
<p>NEC Australia has been active in the system delivery business for over 20 years in the areas of government and defence, representing a key strategic focus for the company. Over the past three years, NEC Australia has secured more than AU$70 million in system delivery projects.</p>
<p>NEC Australia is confident that the success of the VHF System Upgrade Project will lead to further government contract wins for the company’s System Solutions Division.</p>
<p>NEC Australia’s parent, NEC Corporation, currently boasts 80 per cent share of the Air Traffic Services (ATS) and Aeronautical Information Systems (AIS) market in Japan. Over the past 30 years, NEC Corporation has provided numerous solutions to the Civil Aviation Bureau of Japan (JCAB), airport authorities and other organisations responsible for ensuring the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic.</p>
<p>Drawing on this experience, NEC plans to expand its business in the air traffic management sector in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.</p>
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<p>For media enquiries, please contact:
Lynn Hepple
Public &amp; Media Relations Manager
NEC Australia Pty Ltd
(03) 9264 3746
0411 563 907
lynn.hepple@nec.com.au</p>
<p>About NEC Australia
NEC Australia is a provider of superior, affordable products, services and solutions to carriers, business, government and consumers. As a leader in the development of broadband and mobile communications technologies, NEC Australia’s strong sales and service focus has propelled the company to the forefront of a new era in communications. Through the provision of new technologies such as plasma displays, data projectors and high-speed broadband connections, NEC Australia also drives innovation into the home. Boasting the largest Research and Development facility in Australia, NEC’s commitment to innovation and continued expansion into export markets remains unrivalled. As well as undertaking leading R &amp; D in DSL technologies and third-generation (3G) mobile terminals, NEC Australia's broadband business, NEXTEP Broadband, delivers business grade DSL services for SMEs, corporates and government. For additional information, please visit the NEC Australia or NEXTEP websites at www.nec.com.au and www.nextep.com.au.</p>
<p>About Airservices Australia
Airservices Australia is a Government owned organisation responsible for the safe and efficient management of air traffic across 11 per cent of the world's air space. Services include air traffic control, airspace management, aeronautical information, radar communications, radio navigation aids, aviation maintenance and engineering, environmental management and aviation rescue and firefighting. Airservices website: www.airservicesaustralia.com</p>

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