Considerations for AFRRCS Migration

The Alberta First Responder Radio Communications System is one of the most advanced communications projects in Canada’s history. There has been a fair amount of misinformation regarding the system itself, who qualifies for access, what the various technological and administrative requirements are, and how to best begin the migration process. I’ve taken the time to…

Radio Consoles: CSSI v Native P25

The APCO P25 Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI) standard allows dispatch consoles from different manufacturers to be connected to the controller/core of other manufacturers’ P25 radio systems. CSSI is a subset of the ISSI standard interface. For example, a Zetron console could be connected to a Motorola P25 radio system, or an Avtec console could be…

Winter Safety Tips

Every season brings a different set of potential safety hazards to be aware of. Being aware of potential hazards and learning what precautions to take will help minimize the effects of seasonal safety concerns. Winter can be a challenge when working. Be safe. Use your winter PPE when on your job site if you have…

3 Key Capabilities: Why Westcan was Named the AFRRCS Official Preventative Maintenance + Break-Fix Supplier

The highly sought-after AFRRCS maintenance contract was awarded to Westcan ACS in May of 2016. The award was the result of an exhaustive public tendering process in which numerous factors were considered including: demonstrated ability to perform, capabilities, price, and qualifications – among many others. In addition to demonstrating superior value, Westcan ACS elevated itself…

School Safety & the Role of Effective Communications

Increased emphasis on School Safety Programs have had a profound influence on the safety and security of students in recent years. In these uncertain times having effective communications strategies – and the accompanying equipment required to make them efficent –  is of vital importance. School lockdowns drills have become a mandatory practice, much the same…

8 Key Factors That Influence The Design of Firefighter Radios

One of the essentials of Firefighter Safety is having the right equipment. Whether that means the latest in protective gear, the most efficient tools, or effective communications, a Firefighter must be confident that their equipment is going to work as expected, under extreme circumstances. Radio communications are essential to Fire Services. The radio is a…

Planning: Essential to Success

The success of a radio system deployment, like many other operational systems, depends on good planning. From the initial needs analysis, to the creation of a detailed bill of materials, to design and logistics including the in-building location of the radio system’s core infrastructure components, to definition of communications groups and users, and finally the…

Do you Need Emergency Response + Repair Services? 10 Questions to Consider

There are a variety of users that require 24/7/365 Emergency Response & Repair Services (ERRS) in many “Mission Critical” contexts. Our clients include the Government of Alberta AFRRCS system, upon which first responders across Alberta rely. However, our ERRS service is also available to commercial and industrial clients who require high levels of radio system…

Push to Talk (PTT) Over Broadband

Voice is still the killer app. That being said, there is still a growing industry need to extend commercial and mission critical LMR coverage beyond the geographic areas that LMR radio systems extend. Furthermore, many agencies and businesses require the ability to keep their personnel connected across disparate networks and devices. Since the 2016 decommissioning…

Legacy Radio Systems vs AFRRCS for First Responders

AFRRCS will deliver significant benefits to the First Responder, primarily including cross-agency communications capability.  Although there is no user fee to the First Responder Agency, approved AFRRCS P25 radios can cost substantially more, and there is an administrative overhead to consider through the transformation process. However, First Responder Agencies will not be paying for the…

In & Out of Your Vehicle Constantly? Consider Motorola’s Remote Speaker Microphone

If you depend on your high-powered mobile radio for communications on remote job sites yet often find yourself working outside of your vehicle, then Motorola’s long-range Wireless Bluetooth Remote Speaker Microphone is a perfect solution to maintain mission-critical communication at all times. The Wireless Remote Speaker Microphone (RSM) allows workers who must constantly leave their…

Is your LMR Systems Integrator Authorized? Should you Care?

The evolvement of Digital Two-Way Radio has introduced significant complexities in the design, implementation and ongoing maintenance, support and operations of new digital radio systems. Concurrently, Public Safety and Mission Critical organizations are now conducting very thorough due diligence in the technical specifications, functionality, performance criteria, application development, standards compatibility and systems testing when making…