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.

When something goes wrong, every moment is crucial. Having a plan in place and knowing how to implement it creates confidence. Continue Reading

“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
Man Down alerts typically occur because of... Continue Reading

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

The equipment your workers use, how it is maintained, and when it is upgraded will determine the degree of communications resilience your organization has, as well as the return on your communications investment.

Buying new gear? Here’s a guide to what you need to think about to keep it working reliably, no matter what.

1) CHOOSING THE RIGHT HARDWARE
Considering high-level failure scenarios will help you determine how durable your hardware needs to be. Common hardware solutions that increase the strength of your system include back-up power sources,... Continue Reading

Our series of Tait Radio Academy lessons on P25 continues, this time focusing on services and features. 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.

P25 offers a wide range of key services and features to meet the needs of public safety agencies. Some of the basic features P25 provide are:

  • Group voice calls
  • Unit-to-unit or individual calling
  • Emergency call priority
  • Talking party identification
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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

When it comes to linking solutions for your DMR or P25 network, do you find yourself asking the following questions? “What throughput is required – voice and data?” “Can I mix and match solutions for my network?” “What is the right choice now, and will this continue to be the right choice for my organisation in 10 years, 15 years, 20 years?”

There are so many linking solutions you can consider – Fiber, microwave or narrowband radio linking. Lisa van Vuuren,  Sales and Marketing Coordinator at MimoMax, gives us the lowdown on what the... Continue Reading