Our series of Tait Radio Academy lessons on P25 continues, this time looking at the difference between P25 Phase 1 and Phase2. This course is taught by Andrew McTaggart, a Customer Support Engineering Specialist at Tait Communications. Prior to that, he was a product trainer on P25 digital radio communications equipment.

A question commonly asked is, “What is the difference between P25 Phase 1 and Phase 2?”

One of the original goals of P25 was spectrum efficiency. The radio spectrum is a limited resource. There are only so many radio channels that can be licensed in a given area.

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As we say hello to the new year, we’re taking a look back to bring you a list of our ten most popular blog posts for 2016. These include educational pieces from the Tait Radio Academy, thought-leading Connection articles, informational comparisons between a range of topics, and answers to frequently asked questions. In each post, you’ll find informative videos, white papers, guides, and other helpful information.
In case you missed any, check them out below!

  1. DMR versus dPMR comparison – Part 1
  2. Channel Sharing Explained: FDMA, TDMA and CDMA
  3. Advantages of DMR versus TETRA
  4. When and... Continue Reading

On our Tait Radio Academy LinkedIn group, one of our members asked:
Is there a standard classification for systems as mission or business critical?

What are the criteria that determine such thing? Is DMR tier III mission critical?
ANSWER: The term “Mission” or “Business” does not change the meaning of the term “Critical.” It’s more about market designation rather than system performance and reliability.

Critical for Tait is more about the design approach we have for both the components of the system and the system as a whole.

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APCO 2016 is just a few days away, and we’re excited to see those of you who are attending. We wanted to give you a quick preview and the top 5 reasons you should visit Tait booth 753.

  1. Learn about the new partnership with Harris. We haven’t revealed a lot of details about the partnership yet, but if you visit our booth during APCO you’ll discover more about this partnership and how it will benefit you. We’ll show off the new look of our products, demonstrate interoperability, and more. A couple booths down from us, Harris will also show off the Tait products that are now available through this... Continue Reading

Harris Corporation and Tait Communications signed an exclusive agreement for Harris to become Tait’s exclusive distributor of P25 and DMR solutions in North America that covers 250 locations across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

What does this mean for our customers?

“For prospective customers, it means a much more complete and comprehensive portfolio as it combines Harris’ Public Safety and Professional Communications PSPC) business and Tait’s product lines, dealer networks and direct sales capabilities” says Tait CEO Garry Diack.

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Madison County Fire had issues with redundancy and coverage. Since they provide fire protection to the entire county and also manage first responder calls for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and other organizations, their network had to be reliable. A solution has to be found.

Madison County Fire provides protection to the Tennessee county that covers 540 square miles. Part of their responsibility also included managing the first responder calls for EMS and other organizations. In the last year, they ran about 1200 calls and... Continue Reading

With 45 years’ industry experience, Tait is a world leader in unifying mission critical communications. Public Safety agencies around the world choose Tait to meet their communication needs. Here are the ten common reasons why they choose our global team of experts:
1) Our Tait Tough radios
Tait clients operate in some of the world’s most dangerous environments. The last thing you need to worry about is the functionality of your communications. Our radios are designed and tested to withstand extreme wear and tear so you can be confident that your radio... Continue Reading

Available Now for Download

The latest in our P25 Best Practice series is now live. You can read the P25 guides online or download them as PDFs.

We have had amazing feedback from network operators around the world who have downloaded our first four guides. Thank you everyone for your support and please keep the comments and emails coming.

Just an update for those of you that downloaded the first four guides, you can expect an email in the next week with a direct link to download the latest guide. Continue Reading

Connection Issue 5 – Click here to read this article online

As communication networks converge, it is inevitable that there will be some friction and misunderstanding between IT and radio experts. And yet, cooperation is essential, with many issues to be worked through together.

  • How should responsibilities be decided?
  • Who does what?
  • How separate or interdependent should they be?
  • What skill sets do you need?

At the Tait P25 round table discussions in 2013, we talked to Public Safety radio communications experts on these, and many other matters. Continue Reading

Click here to visit the P25 Best Practice Website

Even among the largest state-wide systems, network monitoring practices vary from strict, structured 24/7 internal operations to a reactive approach – responding only to complaints from system users. Why are relatively few Public Safety systems proactively monitored? Back in the days of software-free radio systems, not much could go wrong.

As long as there was power at the sites, power amplifiers did not burn, and antennas were not damaged by lightning, your system was probably in good shape. Should anything go wrong, your subscribers would quickly tell you that their channel was not working. Continue Reading