At ATPC, migration from analogue to TETRA leads to cost savings and increased efficiency
Over 80 years ago, the Antwerp Terminal and Processing Company (ATPC) became one of the first storage and refining plants in Belgium. These days, ATPC mainly focuses on the commercial operation of its storage tanks. With a staff of 200 on site, half of whom are temporary contractors, safety is a key priority at ATPC. Thanks to the new TETRA system, all employees can be assured of a safe workplace.
The old system was nearing the end of its days, so replacing it with a new trunking system was a logical step for ATPC. SHE manager Wouter van de Velde and E&I Supervisor Danny De Beuckelaer talk about the switch from analogue to digital: “We had an analogue 3-channel trunking system with 80 radios, of which the contractor needed 60. For safety reasons, we wanted to be able to connect all the radios to a single network. Using the old system, that would have regularly resulted in waiting times.”
Cost savings and efficiency
“With TETRA, you do not need as many frequencies as with analogue systems, which greatly reduces licensing fees, while the system can use the same number of devices. Moreover, thanks to the application of TDMA technology, the system has a higher traffic capacity,” he continues. Having purchased the Online Network Management System, Flash, as the supplier, can log in remotely using the established IP connection. The radios can be blocked and unblocked remotely, changes can be made and certain bottlenecks can be looked at and solved.
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