Just a decade ago, LMR was the only standard for critical communications. Communications technology has brought about new advancements as organizations around the world seek to understand how these will influence their communications. Tait VP (Solutions Marketing) Bruce Mazza explores what Push-to-Talk over Cellular (PTToC) means for mission critical organizations today and in the future.

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PTToC allows users to replicate radio features like instant group communication with a simple button push. This smartphone application presents an opportunity... Continue Reading

What is it?

rf-perforrmance-advantageThe RF performance of all Base Station, Mobile or Portable radios is quantified in a set of specifications given in deciBels (dB). One set of RF performance specifications describes the Transmitter performance, another describes the Receiver performance. For some RF performance specifications, a larger number is better; and for others, a smaller number is best. There are minimum acceptable RF performance specifications prescribed by regulatory authorities such as ETSI (Europe) and FCC (USA). Meeting these is mandatory.

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SYstem Configuration and optimizationRegularly reviewing and optimizing your system can identify incompatibilities and allow you to take advantage of new features and functions that make your communications more effective.

This post focuses on the importance of system configuration and optimization to protect and strengthen your LMR system. If you missed the previous posts you can catch up on those here.

The Tougher LMR Networks guide investigates every aspect of wireless communications, and considers how operators might make their LMR systems more resilient. You can also download the full guide and read it on the go. Continue Reading

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Selecting, maintaining and upgrading hardware

The equipment your workers use, how it is maintained and when it is upgraded, will determine the degree of communications confidence your organization can have, and the return on your communications investment.

This post focuses on the importance of selecting, maintaining and upgrading hardware to protect and strengthen your LMR system. If you missed the previous posts you can read those here.

The Tougher LMR Networks guide investigates every aspect of wireless communications, and considers how operators might make their LMR systems more resilient. You can also download the full guide and read it on the go.

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Our previous post Technology Choice - LMR System Guide how to protect and strengthen your LMR system introduces the new guide available for download. The guide investigates every aspect of wireless communications, and considers how operators might make their LMR systems more resilient. This article ‘Technology choice’ makes up the first chapter in the series.

A radio system is a considerable investment which may have a decades-long lifespan. Operators must ensure that their choices allow their communications to mature and adapt, as their needs and the available technologies evolve.

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Download the new Guide - 10 ways to protect and strengthen your LMR SystemHow do we qualify tougher LMR systems?

By the ability to maintain critical communications in the face of technical, physical, security or human challenges and threats. The new guide investigates every aspect of wireless communications, and considers how operators might make their LMR systems more resilient.

This is important because tougher, more robust communication supports your stakeholder expectations, protects your communities, reduces risk of costly communications outage and allows more efficient use of increasingly-constrained resources. And it gives... Continue Reading

P25 Component Interoperability - On Demand - Webinar Avtec, Airbus DS, Eventide, Exacom, Tait and Zetron recently joined together to host an event to focus on the importance and the benefits of open standards.

Eight different speakers, including two Public Safety communication managers, shared insights and experience about open standard solutions.

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Read about LMR monitoring for Public Safety in the Connection MagazineMonitoring practices for US Public Safety LMR systems vary greatly, from 24/7 live monitoring to simply relying on complaints from users. Darek Wieczorek looks at why this is, and how it needs to change.

When radio systems were relatively simple and isolated, system monitoring came down to the users reporting communications problems. While this may have been sufficient in the past, today’s systems are highly integrated, and depend on external computers, servers, routers, links, multiple software platforms, even people in different organizations. This is why... Continue Reading

Tait Podcast - Discussing FirstnetIn today’s new podcast Evan Forester interviews Geoff Peck, Chief Technology Architect, about FirstNet. In this podcast we discuss the following:

  • What is FirstNet?
  • When will FirstNet be available for agencies to use?
  • Will FirstNet replace LMR?
  • How will LMR work together with FirstNet?
  • Why FirstNet is a slow process
  • Other countries that are exploring nationwide, mobile broadband networks

Listen to the podcast in full below, or subscribe today.
If you choose, you can read the full transcript below the podcast.

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Chief Technical Architect Geoff Peck compares the performance of cellular and LMR for mission-critical comms, and concludes it’s not as simple as it seems.

There is ongoing debate on the topic of cellular versus LMR. Indeed, nothing seems better designed to polarize opinion. This article looks at the issue from where it matters: the end user.
The first thing you notice about the debate is the misinformation – it’s not easy to nail things down simply.

So let’s start with some important points of comparison.

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