Mimer SoftRadio - Airport and Airline Systems
Airports are a perfect environment for SoftRadio.
Busy, busy, busy! All around an airport you have people and vehicles that need to communicate. With SoftRadio your operators can communicate with all types of radio systems including the air band radio to the planes.
There are virtually no limits to what you connect into the SoftRadio system. Ground radio, Airband radio, Intercom, Phones etc.
SAS - Scandinavian Airline Systems
Example from Scandinavian Airline Systems
The largest installation of Mimer SoftRadio is used by SAS. They have connected all Scandinavian airports to a dispatch center in Frösundavik, Stockholm. The main connection is their own WAN system, but they also use public Internet for remote locations.
At each airport there is a ground radio system, at many airports old analogue channels in VHF or UHF and in the larger airports it is Tetra. At most airports there is also one or more airband radios. This means that the dispatchers can talk both to ground personnel and to approaching airplanes through the same user interface.
All audio in the system is also recorded through Mimer VoiceLog servers.
For backup reasons there is also an extra standby dispatch central at Arlanda Airport, that can be operational at short notice.
In total the system has about 50 operators and 60 radios spread out over Scandinavia.
Pilot add-on with PoC functionality
To make the turn around faster at the airport gates, SAS connects the pilots into the ground radio call that is ongoing around the airplane at the gate. However the pilots doesn´t use a standard two way radio for this, it would be to complicated since every airport has its own radio system. The pilots instead uses their smart phones and an application that connects them to the two way radio call. This is done with Mimer equipment and in cooperation with a company called GroupTalk. You can read more here.
BIAL-The international Airport in Bangalore India
Example from BIAL in India.
For their new airport wing in BIAL they choose to install a Mimer SoftRadio system in their main control center.
The system has 11 operators working with 8 airband radios and 10 trunked Tetra radios. It has also a supervising system that will report any errors to the service team. The system has been operational since 2013 and was expanded during 2017.
Read more on the supervising system here.
The system was sold and set up in cooperation with our systems partner Testadvance from Melbourne.
More Airport possibilities
Dispatchers using both airband and local radios.
Night time watch from one common dispatch site.
Mix of radio types
At large airports there are both airband radio channels and also ground radio channels in use. With the use of SoftRadio the dispatchers can handle all types of radio from the same software GUI and the same audio accessories.
The dispatchers can also cross patch the different radio types, allowing the planes to talk to ground personnel that do not have the airband radio.
Common dispatcher - Night watch
In the example to the left, the three airports each have their local small system with one radio and one dispatch PC. The three systems are also remote controlled from one common dispatch site.
This set up can be very useful for example when there is low traffic at night time, but you still need to monitor what is happening at the remote airport. One common dispatcher can then handle all three airports.
The system can be expanded with more airports, dispatchers and also other types of radios.
Examples of Airports and Airlines using SoftRadio
- Tokyo Airport
- Antigua and Barbuda
Apart from airports and airlines there are also many installations on ships and offshore on oil rigs and wind power farms etc.
Among the radios that are supported by Mimer SoftRadio with channel change and more, you now also find the airband radio Icom IC-A120.
Also the Jotron TR7750 Airband radio is supported with a Virtual Control Head.
And you can also connect other types of radios such as Tetra, DMR or old analogue.
We get more and more requests for light weight solutions. Systems that might be onboard an unmanned aircraft (drone).
One example is the setup with a Yeasu portable airband radio.