The FCC has announced that narrowbanding 700 MHz networks by 2017 is no longer mandated. In this article, Tait Public Safety Solutions Manager Dr. Russell Watson looks at who will be affected, and what the implications are.

Towards the end of 2014, the FCC announced that the 2017 narrowbanding implementation deadline was no longer viable, or indeed necessary. This decision was preceded by FCC granting a number of waivers to entities who had argued variously that:

  • they had no spectral congestion,
  • the regulation artificially shortens the life of their existing system,
  • the... Continue Reading

This article, from Helmut Koch’s presentation at a Tait-sponsored partner seminar, looks at standards and why they are still not working the way they should, to serve the communications needs of public safety agencies.

The best thing about standards-based solutions is that standards create sustainable value for our customers who are operators of mission critical communications systems.

How much value we can create depends on our customers. If they are well educated, they will look critically at the radio system, 911 call-taking system, dispatch system, recording system, and... Continue Reading

The greatest motivation for physiological monitoring technology is to prevent occupational loss of life. Tait has integrated physiological monitoring into our critical communications solutions, where firefighters and other workers in dangerous environments can be monitored.

But rather than talk about physiological monitoring as part of a critical communications solution, we have been taking it out into the field. Two of our in-field tests were firefighter stair climbs, simulating real life activity – well, minus the actual burning building!
Sky Tower Stair Challenge, Auckland, New ZealandContinue Reading

Anthony Hoffman’s move to Antarctica was completely unplanned. One day he was Senior Hardware Design Engineer with Tait Communications’ custom integration team in Christchurch, the next he had signed up as Communications Engineer at New Zealand’s scientific research station in Antarctica.

He is currently working his third 13-month stint on the ice. In this article he shares the triumphs and challenges of managing multiple communications networks in one of the harshest environments on the planet.

My very-abrupt shift in career came about in 2010.... Continue Reading

by Lorraine Bonisch, Editor, Connection Magazine.

In this issue, you’ll find an interesting mix of technical and high level perspectives and opinion from Tait experts and others from our circle of partners and contacts. Whether you are a radio communications decision maker, an IT professional new to radio, or an experienced operator, we are sure you will find something interesting and thought-provoking in this current roundup.

Read Connection 6.

In this issue, articles you will want to read include:

  • Communications on Ice: managing a radio network in Antarctica
  • Channel concepts every... Continue Reading

Monitoring 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

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

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Regulations and compliance play a defining role in the LMR industry. To understand their impact, Brian Emmett, Tait Compliance and Regulatory Manager, compares the LMR regulatory environments in two major jurisdictions: the United States and Europe.

In simple terms, regulatory compliance means obeying the rules set down by regulatory authorities. These regulations define expected outcomes and how they will be achieved. For land mobile radio communications equipment, the outcome is that the equipment will allow maximum... Continue Reading

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Philip Mullins, Tait Solutions Marketing Manager, tells Connection what he sees as the biggest win for Utilities, as they move to digital radio networks.

Ask any Utilities network operator what their greatest pain point is, and odds-on, they’ll say it is managing operating expenses. Predicting an operating budget a year in advance is difficult enough. Mix in aging infrastructure, some severe weather, unpredictably heat waves or cold spells and some unplanned maintenance and what you end up... Continue Reading

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Trevor Textor, President of Text Corp, argues that treating communications as a utility will translate to better business efficiency and big savings.

Selecting telecommunications solely based on price is often a lost opportunity for businesses. Setting up telecommunications like Land Mobile Radio (LMR) as a utility may be more expensive initially, but the difference can be measured in more than just cash – it is measured in potential and investment.

As... Continue Reading