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…

AFRRCS Service: Triple Technician Redundancy, Triple Peace of Mind

  The real value of a great service provider is hard to measure, until there is an urgent need for service or the need for catastrophe response. The largest single risk to any communications network is interruption, especially if the communications are mission critical in nature. Most people do not consider the complexity and cost…

AFRRCS FAQ #3: The 23 Keys to Selecting a Technical Administrator

When a public safety agency outsources AFRRCS radio support, programming and servicing to an outside vendor, they need to enter into an agreement with an AFRRCS Technical Administrator and/or Trust Technician for those services. So what are the criteria an agency should follow for selecting a Technical Administrator? Your AFRRCS Technical Administrator and Trust Technician…

AFRRCS FAQ #2: 7 Questions Regarding Radio Programming + Enablement

The implementation of the Alberta First Responders Radio Communications System is already well underway, however many agencies are unclear as to the process and prerequisites required for AFRRCS participation. This is the second in series of three FAQ’s that provide some clarification on the key aspects of the AFRRCS application, adoption, and implementation process. The…

AFRRCS FAQ #1: 9 Key Questions Regarding Participation

The Alberta First Responders Radio Communications System is one of the most advanced  of its kind in existence. As with any complex new technology, there is a constant demand for the most current information, particularly regarding participation and implementation. I’ve created a series of 3 FAQs to provide answers to the key questions we encounter…

Westcan ACS to Exhibit at AFCA Conference

Westcan Advanced Communications Solutions will be a featured exhibitor at the upcoming Alberta Fire Chiefs Association Conference & Trade Show, May 29-30, 2016, at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Calgary, Alberta. Westcan is an industry leading Alberta First Responder Radio Communications System (AFRRCS) Integration Specialist, and will be available to answer any two-way…

Westcan ACS Awarded Harris Authorized Service Centre Status

Westcan ACS has undergone extensive and rigorous training to achieve the status of Harris Authorized Service Centre. Westcan’s Technical Services Department leads the industry in advanced training, as evidenced by the certifications and designations earned from our suppliers. From Motorola’s Elite Service Centre designation, to our Certified Service Centre status from the CSC Certification Board,…

3 Key Considerations when Purchasing AFRRCS Radios

The Alberta First Responders Radio Communications System (AFRRCS) is a Province wide open standards two-way radio network for public safety first responder agencies. Harris Canada Systems Inc. was selected to design and build the AFRRCS P25 infrastructure; however a prime objective of AFRRCS was to permit standards based compliant P25 radios from other manufacturers to…

Aviation: 3 Essentials for Maintaining Effective Communications

Complex Mission Critical Communications are a cornerstone of the Aviation Industry. Efficient, effective, and failsafe communications are essential to ensure that vital information is relayed between the wide variety of departments required to keep busy travel and shipping hubs running on schedule. From flight and ground crews, to security and customs, to air traffic control…

AFRRCS In-Building Two Way Radio Coverage

The long anticipated Alberta First Responders Radio Communications System (AFRRCS) is making its mark on Alberta’s First Responders. Testing is underway with some key Government agencies, and early indications are that the coverage reach is very good. This of course is both expected and encouraging based on predictable outdoor operations of portable and mobile radios….

10 Things to Know About AFRRCS

The implementation of AFRRCS (the Alberta First Responder Radio Communications System) – a new P25 trunked two way radio network designed for use by first responders in municipal, provincial and First Nations agencies – is already well underway. The province-wide AFRRCS initiative seeks to vastly improve the safety of first responders (police, fire, and ambulance)…

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As Western Canada’s premier supplier of integrated wireless communications, we are able to meet the varied needs of a diverse customer base, including: First Responders, Health Services, Utilities, Government, Oil & Gas, Industrial, Construction, Transportation, Private Security, Hospitality & Agriculture (to name a few). Westcan leads the industry in advanced training, has access to unrivalled…