Richard Russell, Business Development Tait EMEA, speaks about some of the challenges fire rescue services face with legacy communications and discusses potential solutions. 

Fire rescue services have a growing emphasis on limited budgets, resulting in a need to achieve greater efficiencies – do more with less. This may sound familiar but are these perceived cost cuttings and procurement decisions actually delivering best value?

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Episode 7 of the Tait podcast has arrived. Today, Evan Forester talks with Tait’s Chief Technology Architect, Geoff Peck. Geoff gives us an update on the future of both LTE and LMR, and offers a little more insight into the TLAs within the Telecommunications industry. In this podcast, we discuss:

  • What is LTE?
  • What is the role of LTE in mission critical communications?
  • Will LTE ever replace LMR?
  • Why is it so hard to make mission critical PTT work on a public cellular system?
  • What is the role of LMR in the future?

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by Lorraine Bonisch, Editor, Connection Magazine

Connection issue 5 is now live. This issue features technical perspectives and thought-provoking articles to inform, challenge and educate radio communications decision makers.

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Chief Technical Architect Geoff Peck compares the performance of cellular and LMR for mission critical communications, and concludes it’s not as simple as it seems.

There is ongoing debate on the topic of cellular versus LMR. Indeed, nothing seems better designed to polarize opinion. This article looks at the issue from where it matters: the end user.
The first thing you notice about the debate is the misinformation – it’s not easy to nail things down simply.
So let’s start with some important points of comparison.
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Whether you are protecting your critical communications from natural disaster, human error or terrorism, deciding on the level of backup you need is a balancing act between your perceived risk and how much you can afford to spend.

How many levels of backup do you need? What industry or legislative regulations are in place? What options will give you the most resilience for your investment? Richard Winter, a Senior Systems Engineer at Tait, considers some of the ways your network design can eliminate single points of failure and increase the resilience of your network. Continue Reading

A commonly-accepted view about Smart Grid is that it requires a single, high-capacity network to support two-way communications with smart devices and applications. But can a single technology provide this? Tait Principal Consultant, Dr. Jan Noordhof, argues that the answer is ‘No’.

Let’s consider the jam that utilities around the world find themselves in. Demand for electricity is increasing faster than they can supply it. At the same time there is political and consumer pressure to cut the cost of power.

However, a great deal of utilities’... Continue Reading