Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) is the main airport of Guangzhou, the capital of the Guangdong province in southern China. It serves more than 70,000,000 passengers and a vast amount of baggage every year. This is a huge task for the airport staff. Thanks to hybrid communications, they are ready for this task.

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Ready to serve!

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is the third busiest airport in China, both by passenger and cargo traffic. The airport was formally brought into operation in 2004. It is the first in China that was designed and built on the hub concept, which serves as a transfer (or stop-over) point to help get passengers to their final destination.

The airport is constantly expanding, to deal with the increasing number of passengers. After the third expansion – estimated to be finished in 2025 – the airport will be able to handle the following huge numbers every year:

  • 120 million passengers
  • 3.8 million tons of freight
  • 775,000 aircraft movements.

Several organizations and teams at Guangzhou Baiyun International use the hybrid TETRA network from Airbus to communicate together. The communications network covers the whole Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport area, which currently includes two airport terminals, three runways, and several office buildings.

The users of the network include

  • ground staff,
  • airline personnel,
  • air traffic controllers,
  • security officers,
  • shuttle bus drivers,
  • food service suppliers
  • and more.

Seamless communications across multiple airports

The TETRA network of the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport extends its coverage to other nearby airports. For example, it provides the daily communications and dispatching solutions for the Haikou airport and Sanya airport in the Hainan province. The subscribers can roam and communicate between these airports.

New, broader possibilities

The teams at Guangzhou Baiyun International airport also see the benefits of the Tactilon Agnet solution, which allows smart device users to join the same groups with radio users. This way, smartphone-carrying staff can communicate seamlessly with those who use radios in a reliable and secure way – in the airport area, but outside the range of the TETRA network as well.

The new solution means that people can manage situations effectively regardless of their geographical location. This can shorten the aircraft turnaround time and maximize customer satisfaction.

Guangzhou Baiyun airport is planning to integrate Tactilon Agnet with other airport applications to bring new efficiencies to their everyday operations.

Facts and figures

The mission critical communication solution used in Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport comprises

  • 2 TETRA switches
  • 5 TETRA base stations
  • around 4,000 TETRA radios
  • 2000 Tactilon Agnet licenses.

Learn more about this airport case – read the press release:

Location of the Guangzhou city







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