Tait manages the communications network of one of the largest transport authorities in the world, with over 2 billion journeys made in their network each year. To ensure high-reliability voice and data connections between all buses and dispatch and control centres, proactive monitoring and management of the communications networks is essential.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused worldwide disruptions to the way we live and work. All around the world, organizations need to respond to the immense challenges the crisis presents, and find alternative ways of working to minimize the impact it has on operations. This article on a COVID-19 forced transition to a work-from-home environment was written and published on May 21, 2020 on LinkedIn by Dennis Buchanan, Telecommunications Technician II at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, who has kindly given his permission to republish it here.
Leading the pack with the largest DMR Tier 3 systems in the world
Tait continues to expand our global reach of the DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) Tier 3 technology solution with contract signings across the globe.
Alliant Energy (USA), Transport for London (UK), Talquin Electric (USA), Vertel (Australia), and TeamTalk (NZ) have all called on Tait to provide reliable, interoperable, mission critical radio communication systems to support their operations.
Alliant Energy employs 4,000 staff members and supplies nearly one million electric and more than 400,000 natural gas customers. The organization has a strategic focus on optimization – providing reliable service to customers through continued modernization of the power grid and other crucial infrastructure. Continue Reading
Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L), an electric utility company in Kansas City, Missouri, has a reputation as one of the most reliable energy suppliers in the Midwest. After acquiring another utility company, KCP&L found themselves with an unreliable communications network comprised of three entirely separate radio systems. These systems covered different parts of their service area, but couldn’t communicate with one another.
With 850,000 customers to look after over 18,000 square miles, their current radio systems’ lack of... Continue Reading
Unsafe practices in the workplaces can cost both lives and money. As a follow-up to our last post, How to Optimize the Man Down Worker Safety Feature, we wanted to provide a real-life scenario to demonstrate how this communication solution works, and to illustrate the direct correlation between safety and efficiency.
In today’s increasingly safety-conscious world, most understand the role of radio in enabling voice communications. But did you also know that modern digital radio networks can also provide data applications that increase worker... Continue Reading
In dangerous working environments, safety is not only a priority — it’s a requirement. When sending workers into hazardous areas, excellent communications are key to ensuring they remain safe. But the right communications can do more than just improve worker safety; they can also vastly increase efficiency, leading to greater return on investment for your organization.
Below are the challenges that workers in hazardous areas face and the recommended solutions that you may consider for your organization:
1) Challenge: Volatile... Continue Reading
Talquin Electric Cooperative, based in Quincy, Florida, was looking to replace their 30-year old narrow banded system. Their old system was no longer reliable, the channels had too much static that render them mostly underutilized.
The Cooperative covers 2,600 square miles that serves 4 counties in Northwest Florida. They work in water, waste water and electric. They need a new system that is reliable and has great coverage.
According to Dane Clemons, Director of Technology who emphasized the need for reliable communications:
“We need to be... Continue Reading
One of Tait’s largest and longest-standing partners in New Zealand is Auckland-based Skycom, which began nearly 20 years ago after being purchased directly from Sir Angus Tait.
Over the last decade, Skycom has offered repeater network coverage to customers off a single-site system on the iconic Auckland Sky Tower, but last year the company expanded its service with a new Tait DMR Tier 3 network covering the entire Auckland region.
One of the key design features of the new network is that it is managed by a central control component called a Node Controller,... Continue Reading