Comms Connect is New Zealand’s leading mobile industry event, attracting hundreds of visitors from around the region to the 2018 expo at Auckland SkyCity Convention Centre. Attendees included hardware manufacturers, software companies, radio and wireless communications users from various industries, dealers, consultants, and stakeholders from the government and public safety organisations.
Key themes this year were the New Zealand communications landscape, convergence of voice and data, 5G and Industrial IoT. It was great to see a strong Tait presence with our radios on many stands around the exhibition space, highlighting our role in the New Zealand technology ecosystem.
One of the most popular attractions of the Tait booth was our new UnifyVehicle with AppBuilder solution. AppBuilder puts the power in users’ hands to create custom processes or behaviors to modify the UnifyVehicle in ways unique to their organization’s challenges and requirements. For example, demos included modifying a mobile radio to display live weather updates, which were being pulled from an open API source. This could be configured to only include extreme weather events, such as high wind speeds, dangerously low temperatures, or an avalanche.
Attendees were also invited to learn about building custom applications for the Tait UnifyVehicle platform, and tell us about their unique idea for such an application. The winning submission came from Hamish Morton (Downer ITS), who suggested using crowdsourced information (i.e. from a social media platform like Twitter) to get real-time data on weather and road conditions.
Jon Rackham, Tait General Manager of Public Safety, delivered a presentation on Unifying Critical Communications on the opening day of the exhibition. On the second day, Max Corboy, IT&T Engineer from Downer, presented a case study on the Kaikoura Earthquake project, which – unsurprisingly, given the scale of the civil engineering project in response – was well attended and garnered a lot of interest. Within 48 hours of the 2016 earthquake, the communications team from Downer ITS were on the ground building what would become one of the largest, most advanced multipurpose communication networks within regional New Zealand, and which features a Tait DMR Tier II network. Max made a special mention of the technical design, equipment supply, and ongoing support provided by Tait NZ Distributor Logic Wireless.
Celebrations were had at the annual Radio Frequency Users Association of New Zealand (RFUANZ) Gala Dinner, when Tait NZ General Manager Trevor Laughton presented the Service to Industry award to Brian Davis, of Brian Davis Consulting. A well-known name in the NZ radio industry, Brian began his career in 1975 as a trainee radio inspector and is renowned for his exhaustive knowledge of New Zealand’s radio regulations.
Comms Connect New Zealand is organised in conjunction with RFUANZ (Radio Frequency Users Association of New Zealand), and brings together radio and wireless communications industry users, dealers, consultants, manufacturers and other stakeholders to network, share ideas and do business. Learn more here.
Learn more about how Tait Unify solutions – like UnifyVehicle – are converging voice and data over multiple bearers to create a seamless user experience. You can also watch a demo of some of UnifyVehicle’s capabilities in action, or contact us to find out more.