There’s little argument that, while it has been largely superseded as a passenger service, maritime transportation is still a vibrant, hugely important industry across the globe. For hundreds – if not thousands – of years, people have been taking to the seas to move goods from one place to another, and in the 21st century, much of the world’s trade relies on this proven method.
The lion’s share of coordinating all that moving cargo falls to the world’s ports, and you can imagine the focus and attention to detail required in such a job. The operation of a modern port lives and dies on one thing above all others – communication. At Omnitronics, streamlining communication networks is our business, and when it comes to the radio needs of ports large and small, we strive to deliver the most technologically capable but user-friendly systems available.
Unique Solutions for Ports
While radio communication for many industries has transitioned into the digital era, ports are one of the few remaining places where analog radio is still the norm. For that reason, any new equipment needs to be designed to handle these systems.
Omnitronics’ DX-Altus Digital Radio Management System has been crafted to allow for the new generation of communications equipment, while also capably handling analog signals. The system enables teams of any size communicating over VHF Marine Band to seamlessly contact one another, an essential function when it comes to coordinating arrivals and departures of large vessels.
Anyone in the marine logistics industry can likely attest that not all countries share identical marine bands. The DX-Altus’ Remote Channel Change function accounts for this issue, making it easy to switch between multiple International Marine Channels. The system enables operators to send commands that switch radio channels, and initiate queries that specify which channels radios are accessing.
Ensuring accuracy of information is essential for keeping port operations running smoothly, which is where the Rapid Recall system can be of great benefit. The automatic recording of all transmissions allows users to listen back to their communication to make sure all details are correct.
It’s not just in the direct communication functions where the DX-Altus goes above and beyond, however. The reality of the marine communications industry means that users are likely to spend long hours sitting at their console to ensure everything is coordinated correctly. To make that experience as pleasant as possible, the DX-Altus’ Night Mode feature can invert the colour scheme of the interface, making it much easier on the eyes at night.
The DX-Altus at Work in Ports
When the time has come to update communication systems, some of the largest and busiest ports around the world have chosen the DX-Altus to meet their modern needs.
In Australia, for example, the Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) – operators of the nation’s largest tonnage individual port – moved to the DX-Altus when it was shifting communications into its new control tower. Needing an easy-to-use system that could be remotely configured and managed from Perth, the PHPA’s decision has left its communications solution in a good place moving into the future.
Similar challenges faced the Port of Antwerp in Belgium. One of the busiest ports in Europe, a new, more efficient communications system was required to assist in the movement of the over 200 million tonnes of freight which passes through each year. That’s an astonishing figure which continues to grow annually, but with the DX-Altus the port is well prepared to accommodate growth for the foreseeable future.
With the flexibility and user-friendly features required for a communications system, The DX-Altus is the system of choice for modern ports. Speak to Omnitronics today about implementing the solution.