World-first: Pennine to install Mototrbo Capacity Max system for BAE Systems

Pennine Telecom has won a contract with BAE systems, which will mean that the Bury-based comms specialist will be the first in the world to install a Motorola Mototrbo Capacity Max system.

The system will be installed at BAE Systems’ Submarines business at Barrow-in-Furness (pictured below). Featuring end-to-end encryption, the new digital trunked system will further enhance communication at the site whose operations include manufacture of Astute class submarines for the Ministry of Defence.

Capacity Max is expected to deliver site-wide improvements in operating coverage and clearer transmissions. Pennine has previously secured a number of contracts from BAE systems and installed the previous analogue system used by employees on the Barrow site.

Motorola Solutions announced the launch of Capacity Max last November. It offers optional end-to-end advanced encryption standard (AES) security “to the highest standard available”. All Capacity Max subscribers can be securely authenticated through physical serial numbers, identities and keys with system administrators able to enable and disable their access remotely, as well as place controls on communications.

The system also offers in-built and optional resiliency features with the control channel automatically rolling over to a repeater on failure, non-geographically dependent redundant server and the ability for sites to operate autonomously if no controller is available.

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