In 2005 the Air Navigation Service Provider of New Zealand, Airways New Zealand, put Frequentis in charge of implementing a country-wide network to connect Airways voice and data communications between radio, radar, control towers and radar centres throughout New Zealand. The order also comprised the delivery of voice communication systems for the important ATC-centres in Auckland and Christchurch, as well as all airports. The network was successfully completed in April 2008. Airways New Zealand, stated full satisfaction during the recent project close-down meeting.
The Frequentis VCX is a wide area networking solution designed for the most demanding safety-critical applications such as air traffic control. Frequentis provided an innovative technical solution concept - the programme for Airways New Zealand sets new global benchmarks. The Frequentis VCX integrates voice (radio, telephone) and data (radar, flight data processing) applications into a highly-available network allowing operational costs reductions at the same time. The project is now complete and Airways New Zealand is part way through the migration of all control towers and centres to Frequentis voice switches with completion expected in 2009. The complete transition from the existing to the new voice communication systems is also handled via the Frequentis VCX-network: both systems operated in parallel until the actual switch-over. This allowed a seamless switch-over with minimised risk. Frequentis was able to deliver once again with its know-how in international project management. The Frequentis team worked in a highly professional and reliable manner", says Andrew Griffith, Airways New Zealands Group Manager, Technology and Support. We are happy to have been able to conclude this complex and technically sophisticated project to the full satisfaction of our customer, states Christian Pegritz, member of the Executive Board Frequentis AG. With this project Frequentis gained a strong foothold on the Australian and New Zealand market. With its own subsidiary in Brisbane (Australia) Frequentis formed a solid local base to ensure customer support adapted to the needs of the local customers. Voice Communication Systems for Air Traffic Control Centres The air traffic control locations throughout New Zealand (including the two major air traffic control centres in Auckland and Christchurch) will be re-equipped with 23 Frequentis VCS 3020X voice communications systems. They will be interconnected via the nationwide Frequentis VCX network.