Airwave Sees Largest Number of Users During Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (6/25/12)
An unprecedented number of public-safety organizations used the Airwave service during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, setting a new record for the number of users communicating on the same platform in one location.
The four days of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations saw 167 organizations connected to the Airwave network, and of these, 74 represented individual bodies from the emergency services. These included services from Hampshire, Wales and the home counties, in addition to those already based in London.
The remaining agencies using the Airwave network were user groups from the Airwave Direct community, including the local authorities, coastal agencies and port authorities, which were also connected to the network in the London area.
“The Thames River Pageant saw the greatest network usage for the weekend, which recorded over 1 million push-to-talk (PTT) interactions on the network between 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.,” said John Lewis, chief operating officer, Airwave. “We also recorded over 11,100 connections to the network in London (135 sites) at 2 p.m., a 52 percent increase from the same day the previous month.”
A total of 25,477 radio terminals were connected to the network during the full 24-hour period 3 June. This compares with the 2011 Notting Hill carnival, which had at its peak just less than 5,000 users, and last year’s royal wedding with 6,000 users.
“We knew that the weekend was going to be busy and anticipated increased usage on the network,” Lewis said. “As with all large-scale events, planned or unplanned, we open a conference bridge to enable our customers to contact us directly, which is instrumental in the success for Airwave and our customers.”
The Port of London Authority used the Airwave service for the first time during the Jubilee celebrations.
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