2019 marks 50 years of Tait Communications helping customers stay safe and productive. The company was established in 1969 by Sir Angus Tait, who believed that strong research and a commitment to listening to customers would build a business that stands the test of time.

From the beginning, Tait has looked ahead. Innovations which help customers serve their communities are a cornerstone of the business. Sir Angus Tait, who was knighted for his services to industry, was continually challenging his employees to keep moving ahead. His saying “The best is yet to come” remains a fundamental value of Tait Communications.

Today we reflect on some of our favorite stories from 2019.

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Tait has a long history of working with Utilities – both large and small – all over the world. Daniel Draughn, Director Market Development – Critical Industries, discusses what it takes to help customers find the best-fit solution for their needs. Continue Reading

As the sophistication of communications systems grows, supporting this complex environment becomes increasingly costly and time consuming.  Furthermore, information security risks call for diligent communications management from professionals.  This range of skills and tools needed to manage critical communications networks has become a major distraction for many organizations globally.  With 50 years of expertise in designing and delivering complex communications networks, Tait Communications has responded to this challenge with a powerful suite of managed service solutions.

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MACC 9-1-1 is the sole Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) in Grant County, WA. In 2013, MACC 9-1-1 received 63,831 emergency and non-emergency calls.

Dean Hane manages the MACC 9-1-1 radio communications infrastructure and system, dispatch console system and first responder subscriber equipment, and he recently shared about his experience working with Tait.

Tait, together with MACC 9-1-1, installed an 11-site TaitNet P25 Trunked Simulcast Network (800 MHz). Mr Hane says, we got the ‘full P25 meal deal’ with:

Just four days after commissioning a Tait DMR Tier 3 system in Canterbury, New Zealand, the region was hit by a huge storm. Electricity Ashburton (EA) Networks Network Manager, Brendon Quinn, tells us how Tait and EA Networks worked together to design and implement the Tait DMR Tier 3 solution and how the storm caused him to rethink his position on trunking.

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“Back in 2011, we had a single repeater part way up the mountains so coverage, particularly on the eastern seaboard... Continue Reading

When Jim Wells County, an expansive county in South Texas and home to more than 40,000 citizens, first met us, they faced the threat of an outdated analog radio communications system that was unreliable and endangering the lives of the County’s law enforcement and emergency responders.

We committed to understanding the issues the County faced – a unique geography, limited funds, dated equipment and a tight schedule and delivered a three-site hybrid P25 digital and analog simulcast system. The Tait solution is now helping the County’s 400 law enforcement and emergency response agencies operate more effectively and safely. Continue Reading

Meet Rodney Mackrell. Rodney works as the Senior Design Engineer in Tait’s Usability Design team. We thought that maybe, like us, the rest of the world would like to get to know Rodney and the work he and his team do for Tait Communications, and see just how important Usability Design is to our clients and our company.

With Rodney we learnt about the process Tait takes to develop new client solutions, how ideas are formed and what working closely with clients looks like and what it can achieve. We looked around the workspace and discovered how this department works, how... Continue Reading

The International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) was held a couple of weeks back in Las Vegas and it was a busy time at the Tait booth and the speaker sessions.

Lots of attendees, partners and dealers stopped by our booth to learn about the latest technology innovations at Tait and participate in our demos. So much so that at times we even heard people mention that the Tait booth was too “crowded”! Continue Reading

From Left to Right: Jorge Luis (Tait) Rodrigo Venegas, Andres Ibaceta, Sub-Director Fredy Rivas (ONEMI), Frank Owen (Tait), Alison Beck (NZTE), Major Bernardo Castro (ONEMI).

A high-powered delegation from Chile has visited our headquarters in Christchurch on a fact-finding mission to learn how Tait’s innovative communications systems can help the country in the event of a natural disaster or emergency such as the devastating 2010 Chilean earthquake.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) hosted senior representatives from the Oficina Nacional de... Continue Reading

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Following the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire disaster in Victoria, Australia, the Country Fire Authority (CFA) sought to upgrade its state-wide critical communications system, prompted by recommendations from the Royal Commission.

With lives, communities and property at risk, choosing a new system was by no means an easy task. CFA chose a Tait P25 mission-critical communications solution to protect the safety of their people.

In the video below, Doug Booth, retired Project Director of the CFA Radio... Continue Reading