FernCom provides offshore comms to Galloper Wind Farm

Fern Communications (FernCom), a Lowestoft-based authorised Hytera dealer has developed and deployed a purpose-built Hytera multi-site digital trunked radio system to provide the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm project and surrounding area with reliable communications

The company was selected by Galloper’s principal marine services contractor, James Fisher Marine Services, to provide communications along the Galloper transit routes and across the Galloper Field.

However, soon afterwards, FernCom was asked by other subcontractors to develop a similar solution and this challenge led to the creation of Wavecom. Wavecom is based on a Hytera DMR Tier III solution and provides coverage to all existing and future planned wind farm sites off the East Anglian coast. It is intended to manage high radio traffic, maximising available capacity across user groups.

Siemens Games, Wavecom’s first customer, is using the system to integrate their offshore Marine Control Centre with portables and vessel radios working in the ports, the transit routes and the Galloper Field. The users have always had difficulty operating the hand portable radios inside turbine towers at sea, but Wavecom’s unique solution and the Hytera devices ensure they can now communicate with the wider system.

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