For decades, land mobile radio (aka two-way radio) has been the mainstay of mobile critical communications. Used by millions worldwide in countless different conditions, constantly tested and refined, it has been the yardstick of success for critical communications, particularly in Public Safety. However, with broadband technologies such as WiFi, cellular and others becoming more and more prevalent, does LMR still hold its ground?  In this lesson of the Tait Radio Academy, we take a closer look at the pros and cons of LMR.

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Each organization has its own way of operating, and the right communications networks can greatly enhance worker safety and efficiency. But with so many wireless communications bearers out there, how do you choose the one or the right mix for your organization? In this lesson of the Tait Radio Academy we explore this question.

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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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One of the biggest movers and shakers in the Unified Critical Communications space is LTE. Although its ability to transfer huge amounts of broadband data is revolutionary, can LTE ever replace LMR? In Lesson Three of the Introduction to Unified Critical Communications course, Dr Jan Noordhof explores what exactly LTE is, the role it can play in mission critical communications, and where it sits among existing LMR 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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Multi-mode base stations provide a flexible platform for communications in DMR, P25, MPT, or conventional analog networks.  The Tait TB7300 and TB9400 are software flexible, rugged base stations that are intelligent building blocks in an end-to-end solution, which includes base stations, terminals, and Tait management software and applications.

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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. That vision continues as we look forward to the innovations we can bring customers in the future. Today we reflect on some of our favorite stories from 2019.

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FirstNet, the First Responder Network Authority, was set-up as an independent entity in the US to provide an interoperable wireless broadband public safety network across the entire US. Does LMR have a place alongside FirstNet? David Lau, Senior Market Analyst at Tait investigates. He concludes that while FirstNet is an important part of the future of Public Safety communications, there will be a place for LMR for many years to come.

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The Tait Radio Academy is a free training resource, providing foundational education on a wide range of critical communications topics.  From basic radio awareness to Industrial Control Systems, there is a range of material for people in both technical and non-technical roles.

Communications have never been more important than they are today.  Businesses, public safety, utilities, and other enterprises rely on communications being available all the time.  Historically, this simply meant having a reliable Radio Network.  People could communicate with voice, and that was enough.  But not anymore. Continue Reading

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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