Industry Canada Radio License Renewals

As a radio communications specialist it’s vital to keep our customers informed of any fundamental changes to their radio communications systems or services that may require their attention… or our attention on their behalf. One of the most common areas of confusion results from frequency licensing and renewals. The following excerpt from the Industry Canada…

Wireless vs Fibre

As a country we have relied on fibre communications as our primary means of wide area network connectivity. Fibre is extremely expensive to provision due to right of way access, permitting, construction, labor, and cost of material.  Meanwhile a lot of other countries have leap frogged Canada by deploying fixed wireless microwave communications. Many countries…

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…

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…

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…