Wireless Networks Planned for Heathrow Airport Terminal 5
BAA is using Wireless Valley Communications EnterprisePlanner software to assist in the design of the wireless infrastructure for the new Terminal 5 (T5) being built at Heathrow Airport.
BAA’s 4.2B pounds Sterling T5 project will include a sophisticated
wireless infrastructure consisting of a private mobile radio (PMR) network
for use by emergency and security workers, a public cellular telephone
network and a wireless LAN for use by passengers, baggage handlers, shop
owners and airport personnel.
Meeting the various needs of all the users coupled with the immense area
to be covered, over 4.2 million cubic yards in the terminal buildings
alone, prompted BAA to search for a software solution that would help them effectively and efficiently design the wireless networks.
The first component to be designed, the PMR infrastructure, is nearing the
end of the design phase.
Wireless Valley’s software is enabling the WLAN and PMR design teams to
understand the impact of metals and other building materials on RF
propagation and is helping to influence the choice of materials in key
All three networks are scheduled to be operational in conjunction with the
opening of T5 in March 2008.
“We’re excited to be helping BAA turn its comprehensive vision into secure
and effective wireless networks that will enhance the passenger’s travel
experience and the employee’s ability to serve customers,” said Jim Welch
CEO and president of Wireless Valley. “We developed our software and
intellectual property portfolio based on the concept that site specific
information and bandwidth requirements are the optimal method for ensuring
high quality of service levels, both in terms of coverage and capacity.
The T5 project is a perfect example of how our software can be used to
streamline deployments and ensure network performance.”