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      • Grid operator rides powerful WAVE to connect communications between TETRA radios and mobile devices- Author Klaus-Dieter Drossel

        Published Dec 09 2016, 8:26 PM by Clare McFarlane

        Grid Operator Rides Powerful WAVE to Connect Communications

        Grid operator rides powerful WAVE to connect communications between TETRA radios and mobile devices

        - EWR Netz GmbH of Germany expands 39-site TETRA network with WAVE Work Group Communications from Motorola Solutions

        - First WAVE utilities deployment in Germany provides enhanced connectivity, interoperability and collaboration by extending the reach of TETRA to LTE push-to-talk (PTT) smartphone communications

        Motorola Solutions’ has extended its existing relationship with EWR Netz GmbH with the deployment of WAVE Workgroup Communications.

        WAVE extends the reach of EWR’s Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) digital radio system to already deployed Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. This expansion allows the power grid operator to increase the connectivity, interoperability and collaboration across the workforce. Control room and office-based personnel using their own smart devices are able to securely communicate on TETRA voice channels and collaborate with radio-equipped field teams faster, leading to improved response times and more successful event outcomes.

        “WAVE is a powerful business tool that allows us to create a unified push-to-talk environment where everyone can participate in business-critical communications, even if they are not using a TETRA radio. This capability enables us to systematically extend our existing 39-site Motorola Solutions TETRA network to meet future requirements.”
        - explained Johannes Krämer, CEO EWR Netz GmbH.

        EXTENSION OF HIGHLY AVAILABLE TETRA SYSTEM
        The biggest distributor of electricity, gas and water in the Rhinehessen region has been successfully using Motorola Solutions’ TETRA infrastructure since 2007 to provide a secure and independent communications platform for their employees.

        WAVE now allows EWR Netz GmbH to extend its highly available TETRA network to its partners such as public utility companies, municipalities and local distributors in the region. In cases of emergency or breakdowns, employees can access pre-defined TETRA communications channels using their mobile devices equipped with the WAVE Mobile Communicator application. The internal and external users are still able to leverage the benefits of their TETRA technology, but can also connect and set up group calls with their employees via public radio networks. This is enabled by MOTOBRIDGE which is a scalable, cost-effective IP-based solution for quickly establishing communications between different systems.

        FUTURE LONG TERM EVOLUTION (LTE) BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY
        WAVE technology enables EWR and their local partners to communicate flexibly and reliably at any time, no matter which network or device they are using With the provision of a hybrid solution extending the reach of EWR’s network beyond the current radio system, it also paves the way for connectivity across mobile devices or even broadband networks in the future.

        For further interoperability and performance enhancements, EWR will deploy Motorola Solutions’ LTE PTT devices like the Motorola LEX L10 mission-critical handheld device.

        If you’d like to join the conversation about developing a truly collaborative workforce, we’d be delighted to welcome you to the Motorola Solutions Community EMEA LinkedIn Group.


        Klaus-Dieter Drossel
        Sales Director, Key Accounts
        Connect with Klaus-Dieter on LinkedIn at https://de.linkedin.com/in/klausdieterdrossel