DAS 101: Introduction to Distributed Antenna Systems

The basic idea behind a Distributed Antenna System(DAS) is to utilize several different antennas over a required coverage area. Using this approach lessens the overall power requirements, as these more localized antennas can be placed more effectively to suit a smaller area rather than having a single, larger antenna that is a compromise for 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…

Two-Way Radios: Rent vs Purchase?

Activity in Alberta’s oil patch has started to pick up, but it’s a slow climb. Companies that are anticipating increased activity are already being to consider their infrastructure needs, including communications, however the need to exercise caution is still strong. In this atmosphere, is it better to rent, purchase or lease? That is dependant on a…

Two-Way Radio Preventative Maintenance Plans: 9 Key Services

If you want to keep your fleet of two-way radios in top condition, you need a Preventive Maintenance Plan. An effective Preventive Maintenance Plan can be developed for any combination of portable radios, mobile radios, and repeaters – whether they are analog or digital. Agreements are typically for a one-year term, but multi-year options are available…

Radio Health: Have You Had Your Annual Check-Up?

Two-way radio systems are just like people when it comes to health management. Seeing your doctor yearly for a check-up is a key part of staying healthy and the same goes for your radio system. Modern two-way radio systems are complex configurations of infrastructure hardware, operating systems, subscriber gear, and mapping protocols/programming. With time and…

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…

When is a Satellite Phone More Than Just a Satellite Phone?

Satellite communications have been available for companies and individuals for years. They have been seen as a remote communications tool and – while this is correct – there are many different applications and tools that make this type of communication very valuable. Satellite communications have helped solve many communications problems throughout the world. The following…

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…

Key Differences Between Serial and Ethernet Networks

The Oil & Gas industry is being challenged to maximize their investment in the capability of its wireless infrastructure. Current economic pressures are making competitiveness and profitability more important than ever. Migrating existing SCADA networks from Serial to Ethernet allows for industry standardization while maximizing investment in existing licenses and antenna infrastructure. Production and field…

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…

Radio Batteries: Maintenance, Management, and Replacement

Like most things, your two-way radio batteries deteriorate with age. Different environments, conditions, and uses can accelerate the deterioration, while following the basic storage and maintenance instructions that accompany your radio can extend the battery life significantly. That being said, they will still need to be replaced regularly to maintain your radios’ optimal performance. Luckily,…