The Boxborough Police and Fire Departments look after the City of Boxborough, a small town of about 5,000 people in Massachusetts, USA. They provide 24/7 police and fire coverage with the Police Force providing 13 full-time officers, and the Fire Department 29 firefighters.

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The world is a tough place, and our clients have demanding jobs. They need critical communications that can withstand the challenging conditions they face each day. That’s why Tait offers complete communications systems that are reliable, resilient, and downright tough, from start to finish. Read on for an introduction to how we create a comprehensive, durable critical communications solution, and hear from some of our customers about their own experiences.
The Toughest Radios in the Industry
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More than 1/3 of US Public Safety Agencies are choosing Simulcast networks. There are many benefits to Simulcast networks, including:

  • Easier Operation – the radios just work everywhere
  • Better coverage and capacity with existing frequencies
  • The ability to reach your entire organization with a single call
  • Expertly-designed Simulcast coverage can eliminate dead spots

How do simulcast networks operate? Essentially, simulcast (short for simultaneous broadcasting) means multiple base stations transmitting the same signal on the same frequency at the... Continue Reading

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, but as we get ready to welcome 2018, we wanted to take a look back at some of our most popular blog posts throughout 2017. We love bringing you valuable, educational, and interesting content, so have a look below at what many of our readers have found most useful over the past year.

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There are undoubtedly some very strong reasons why mission critical organizations should migrate to P25, but the many options can make it difficult to know which route to go. In this article, Tait Architectural Design Engineer Steve Penny discusses the differences between these standards, helping you to decide what’s right for your organization. Continue Reading

The following is an article from the latest issue of Connection magazine. In this piece, we take a look at how Location Services are a crucial asset for organizations both in daily operations and emergency situations.

Being able to track where key people and assets are at a moment’s notice is an important part of normal operations – and during emergencies it can mean the difference between life and death. Organizations must also ensure they plan ahead for different emergency scenarios.

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“The radio system has helped improve our response times, which helps us better meet the needs of our community and our citizens that live here.”
Jonathan Haber, Chief of Police, City of Balch Springs
The City of Balch Springs is just outside of Dallas, Texas and they service a 9-square mile area. The Fire Department has 32 staff members and respond to fire calls, MVAs, motor vehicle accidents, and other similar calls. The Police Department has 39 sworn officers and a total of 60 employees and are committed to providing a safe and secure community.

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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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One of the more popular safety features on the Tait TP9300 and TP9400 portables is Man Down. This feature takes advantage of an accelerometer in the portable radio. This means that if someone falls and gets hurt, and for whatever reason can’t call for help themselves, dispatch will automatically receive notification. Response time will improve dramatically and can even save lives.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you want to get the most out of your Man Down worker safety feature.
Minimize False Alarms
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This is the first in a series of articles we’ll present on migrating from legacy radio networks to more modern technology, the advantages they can offer your organization and how Tait solutions can make it a simple process.
Migrating from Analog to P25

If your department is using an analog or Analog Simulcast over IP radio network, you’ll already be familiar with the benefits those systems offer. One of the greatest strengths about Tait analog systems is how easy we make migration to a more feature rich P25 network, as the needs of your... Continue Reading