Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport is a public international airport located in Warwick, Rhode Island, that opened in 1931 and was named after the former Governor and Senator Theodore Francis Green. The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) is responsible for overseeing all civil airports, landing areas, navigation facilities, air schools, and flying clubs within the state as well as managing the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of six state-owned airports. This particular project involved an upgrade to their Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) service communications system which had been installed back in 1984.
Connectivity Point Design and Installation (CPDI) partnered with BNC Group USA to design a new Rapid Response System for T.F. Green Airport that leveraged current technology to improve reliability, response time, and ability to maintain. CPDI provided a Deployment Support Team that included a Senior Project Manager and on-the-ground Technicians. The team developed and oversaw the Project Plan for Deployment, facilitating and streamlining communication for the numerous companies involved. The Senior Project Manager worked alongside the Chief Technology Officer at BNC Group USA who provided the design and installation for redundant servers, customized software, network switches, and Polycom IP telephone handsets. Also installed, was an overhead paging integration with external alerts via uninterruptible power supplies which provide extended runtimes ensuring user-friendly while being highly resilient when it comes to emergency response and meeting FAA regulations.
Results & Outcome
Connectivity Point’s Deployment Support Team facilitated the successful completion of the project, through unpredictable product shortages and figuring out the successful transition from the old crash system to the new one. The implementation of this upgraded Rapid Response System was a significant improvement over the vintage 1984 crash phone system used by ARFF service personnel. Providing reliability & maintainability along with enhanced overall safety protocols, these modern VoIP tech-integrated systems also offer expanded notification options during aircraft emergencies. Further testing will be conducted to verify that these enhancements meet or exceed FAA requirements so they can deploy this solution efficiently using best practices across other similar aviation-related environments.