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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As LMR networks grow in capability and become increasingly interconnected with a variety of software and systems, network management needs a whole new approach.  Proactively managing and supporting your network is an effective way to safeguard your communications system, and decrease the risk of interruptions that affect business efficiency and worker safety.  Tait Enable is a revolutionary suite of management tools that gives you this control of your radio network. 

The newest addition is Tait EnableInsight  – a powerful new performance management... Continue Reading

Did you know that Tait mobiles and portables are now capable of automated location controlled behavior through GeoFencing?  This is a powerful, unique capability that increases efficiency and worker safety – geographic areas and boundaries can be programmed for your Tait radio to automatically take certain actions based on its location.  This is independent of the network, dispatch, or any other software applications!

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Who’s watching your LMR network?

Proactive monitoring and management of communications networks are key to maximizing uptime, for the safety and effectiveness of your team.  There is an effective network monitoring and management solution that can be tailored to your organization’s needs.
Tait is introducing a powerful new performance monitoring tool, Tait EnableInsight, that goes well beyond our existing Tait EnableMonitor fault monitoring tool.  This article compares a range of network monitoring and management options available to you.
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Just a decade ago, LMR was the only standard for critical communications. Communications technology has brought about new advancements as organizations around the world seek to understand how these will influence their communications. Tait VP (Solutions Marketing) Bruce Mazza explores what Push-to-Talk over Cellular (PTToC) means for mission critical organizations today and in the future.

PTToC allows users to replicate radio features like instant group communication with a simple button push. This smartphone application presents an opportunity... Continue Reading

What is it?
The RF performance of all Base Station, Mobile or Portable radios is quantified in a set of specifications given in deciBels (dB). One set of RF performance specifications describes the Transmitter performance, another describes the Receiver performance. For some RF performance specifications, a larger number is better; and for others, a smaller number is best. There are minimum acceptable RF performance specifications prescribed by regulatory authorities such as ETSI (Europe) and FCC (USA). Meeting these is mandatory.

Some RF performance specifications are more... Continue Reading

Regularly reviewing and optimizing your system can identify incompatibilities and allow you to take advantage of new features and functions that make your communications more effective.

This post focuses on the importance of system configuration and optimization to protect and strengthen your LMR system. If you missed the previous posts you can catch up on those here.

The Tougher LMR Networks guide investigates every aspect of wireless communications, and considers how operators might make their LMR systems more resilient. You can also download the full guide and read it on the go. Continue Reading

Selecting, maintaining and upgrading hardware
The equipment your workers use, how it is maintained and when it is upgraded, will determine the degree of communications confidence your organization can have, and the return on your communications investment.

This post focuses on the importance of selecting, maintaining and upgrading hardware to protect and strengthen your LMR system. If you missed the previous posts you can read those here.

The Tougher LMR Networks guide investigates every aspect of wireless communications, and considers how operators might make their LMR systems more resilient. You can also download the full guide and read it on the go.

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