Originally designed to connect office computers into local area networks (or LANs), WiFi has become the go-to technology for short to medium-range wireless data communication and connection to the Internet. A WiFi network is inexpensive, easy to install, expandable, offers low latency (better than LMR), and excellent data rates. At first glance, they look ideal – but do WiFi networks really have what it takes to serve the needs of critical industries? In this lesson of the Tait Radio Academy, we discuss the pros and cons of WiFi.

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In an increasingly digital world, new technologies and wireless broadband networks are enabling new ways to improve safety and efficiency for organizations. Tait has decades of experience integrating our systems with the latest technology, and we continue to push boundaries and stay on the cutting edge today. Read on to find out how Tait broadband and convergence solutions are helping critical industries stay safe and connected.

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In an increasingly digital world, critical communications is no longer just about LMR voice – the modern workforce demands ever more data to use location services and applications that increase worker safety and productivity. Converged voice and data solutions meet these needs by taking advantage of both broadband and narrowband technology.

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EA Networks is a Utility company in New Zealand that owns and operates the region’s electricity distribution, and an advanced fiber-optic communications network. The area EA Networks services is vast, often reaching beyond the range of their LMR network, so to keep in contact with workers at all times, EA Networks needed a communications solution that would allow roaming to cellular networks.

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As first responders look toward Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband, converged devices can be the catalyst to accelerate adoption of new data-centric capabilities, while still ensuring users have reliable voice communications. Broadband technologies are key elements of future mission critical communications, so for mission critical organizations, that means starting the adoption process in the near future. Michelle Johnson, Director of LTE Advocacy and Business Development at Harris Corporation, takes a closer look.

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Much like the strata of rock visible in a mine, modern mining communications rest on layers of communications technologies, introduced over time to improve the safety, efficiency, and productivity of mining operations.

Ground-breaking new technologies will continue to emerge, but earlier technologies continue to perform the function they were intended for, and do not necessarily become obsolete; indeed most remain relevant and are maintained, advanced and upgraded by manufacturers.

So, rather than the development of a single, ideal technology, the future... Continue Reading