World-first: Pennine to install Mototrbo Capacity Max system for BAE Systems
Written by: Sam Fenwick | Published:

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.

It provides GPS tracking, active lone worker monitoring, job ticketing, over the air subscriber reprogramming and real-time RF coverage monitoring. In addition, Capacity Max is highly scalable being able to serve up to 3,000 users on each of as many of 15 sites and is DMR Tier III compliant.

“Pennine is a known and trusted supplier to BAE Systems and through the company’s strong relationship with Motorola was also able to give us access to the very latest, most secure and resilient two-way radio solution,” said BAE Systems Submarines’ security controller, Dave John. “The system’s encryption standards are to governmental level which is clearly important to a business like ours, as is its multi-level resiliency. It is also set to provide significantly clearer audio communications across site.”

Pennine Telecom’s managing director, Andrew Roberts (pictured right), said the new contract, which includes a three-year maintenance agreement, further underlined the company’s pre-eminent position in UK two-way radio communications.

“The fact that BAE Systems have again selected Pennine to upgrade their two-way radio communications speaks volumes about the trust they have in us and the expertise we have to offer in what is a highly specialised field. Equally it is a great privilege to be working with Motorola on implementation of the first Capacity Max solution anywhere in the world. This is a system which sets new standards in terms or security, reliability, quality of communication and scalability and will undoubtedly have a massive impact on the global marketplace.”

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