State-of-the-art all-IP voice communication for critical infrastructure by Rohde &
Schwarz enhances flexibility, scalability, and robustness of London VTS.
VTS officer Guy Underwood shown at the controls of the Rohde &
Schwarz VoIP-based maritime communications system at the Thames Barrier Navigation
Centre, Woolwich. (Image credited to: Port of London Authority)
Munich, 13 December 2021 – Rohde & Schwarz has revealed details of its role
in a project to totally upgrade the London vessel traffic services (VTS) communication
equipment for the Port of London Authority (PLA).
Working with PLA engineers at the authority's control centres in Gravesend, Kent
and the Thames Barrier Navigation Centre (TBNC) in Woolwich, Rohde & Schwarz
has installed an advanced, VoIP-based maritime communications system to handle all
VTS communications. The new, customised system enhances the PLA's ability to control
movement of vessels within the Port of London, which spans the entire coastal Thames
from Teddington Lock to the North Sea, and provides future-proof scalability as
the VTS requirements continue to evolve.
"The solution Rohde & Schwarz proposed delivers many advanced features and
is designed to ensure the uptime and availability we need with no additional overhead
to design-in third-party protection," said chief harbour master, Bob Baker. "We
also appreciate the user interface, which is extremely easy to navigate, and the
knowledgeable support that gives us confidence in the robustness, functionality
and longevity of the system in our critical infrastructure."
"Our scalable, all-IP voice-communication systems deliver flexibility and ease
of use for safety-critical applications, including air-traffic control and maritime
communications, which demand the utmost reliability and quality of service," said
Anne Stephan, Vice President Critical Infrastructure at Rohde & Schwarz. "Our
team, along with PLA engineers, worked effectively together to deliver the solution
and ensure a smooth transition to the new system."
PLA's new integrated communication system simplifies vendor-independent integration
of telephone and intercom systems, various types of radios including VHF, ADTS system
and other equipment such as conferencing and SCADA systems. Resource sharing mechanisms
are built in, and various applications can be integrated including mapping, messaging,
and third-party applications such as recording and playback, to enable the connectivity
to available voice services. There are also facilities for emergency resource management
and contingency planning, provided through the operator GUI.
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to paving the way for a safer and connected world with its leading solutions in
test & measurement, technology systems, and networks & cybersecurity. Founded
more than 85 years ago, the group is a reliable partner for industry and government
customers around the globe. On June 30, 2021, Rohde & Schwarz had around 13,000
employees worldwide. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.34 billion
in the 2020/2021 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich,
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Posted December 14, 2021