Modern critical industries are more and more dependent on data for location services, video and applications to connect their people and support safer, more efficient workforces. To enable this, they need the data capabilities of wireless broadband networks – but with so many different technologies out there, how do you know which one is right for your organization? Head on over to the Tait Radio Academy to learn about the different wireless broadband technologies that are available, their pros and cons, and more!

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Ever wondered how your trusty portable radio is able to make your voice heard many miles away? If you want to learn more about radio waves, modulation or how repeaters work, we’ve got great news for you: the Tait Radio Academy offers free online educational resources dedicated to providing easy to follow lessons to help improve radio and communications systems knowledge – from basics for new users, to advanced technology descriptions.

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To keep workers operating in hazardous flammable environments safe and productive, they need equipment that has low electrical or thermal energy. Intrinsically Safe (IS) equipment is designed to operate in potentially explosive atmospheres without causing a fire or explosion. How does this work exactly? In this lesson from the Tait Radio Academy, we explain what Intrinsically Safe is.

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Transport agencies are under constant pressure to deliver growth in passenger numbers, promote greater staff and passenger safety, and develop new and improved services that enhance the customer experience. A key component to this is having the right communications system in place – in this lesson from the Tait Radio Academy, we discuss how the Transport industry can benefit from Unified Critical Communications.

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Sometimes, the nature of the terrain, the remoteness of the location or the sheer expanse of the area is too much even for the solid coverage of radio networks. In such cases, satellite communications can be an option, but with the myriad of satellite technologies out there, it can be hard to know where to start. In this lesson of the Tait Radio Academy, we take a closer look at the pros and cons of satellite.

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Originally designed to connect office computers into local area networks (or LANs), WiFi has become the go-to technology for short to medium-range wireless data communication and connection to the Internet. A WiFi network is inexpensive, easy to install, expandable, offers low latency (better than LMR), and excellent data rates. At first glance, they look ideal – but do WiFi networks really have what it takes to serve the needs of critical industries? In this lesson of the Tait Radio Academy, we discuss the pros and cons of WiFi.

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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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Mining communications systems are usually geographically constrained around individual mines. However, the mine of the future demands integrated company-wide communications across the entire reach of its operations – not just from pit to port, but across multiple field sites, and city-based corporate offices. How can this be achieved? In this lesson from the Tait Radio Academy, we explore this question.

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As this unique year draws to a close, we’d like to express how grateful we are for your readership, and take a moment to reflect on the Tait Blog stories that were most read this year. It’s important that we pay attention to the topics you enjoy, so we can continue to be a valuable resource to you. These include stories from around the world, Tait products, educational pieces from the Tait Radio Academy, and much more. 

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