Integration: Key Challenges

in-ti-greyt – verb (used with object), to bring together or incorporate (parts) into a whole. To make up, combine, or complete to produce a whole or a larger unit, as parts do. Integration is the act of bringing together disparate components, systems or subsystems into a single, larger, more comprehensive system that functions as one,…

Wireless Connectivity in Open Pit Mining

As conventional hydrocarbon reserves decline, oil and gas companies worldwide are sustaining growth and maximizing profitability by building out rugged and reliable broadband wireless solutions for communications. In today’s mining operations, the challenge is in providing the required Wireless Broadband IP bandwidth to support everything from remote office infrastructure and SCADA to autonomous hauling, M2M,…

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…

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…

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…

Why Archives Matter: 4 Key Categories of Information

Modern radio systems are really just complex computer networks joining together groups of radios, each of which at times needs to perform as a single entity, as part of a “group” of radios and as part of an infrastructure of system of computers/radios operating under a common control system. It sounds complex because it is….

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 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,…

7 Reasons to Separate Public Safety DAS from Cellular DAS in the same facility

If you’re considering coverage enhancement in your facility, its important to consider the reasoning behind the decision to separate or combine cellular services with public safety LMR signals. There are pros and cons to either choice, but be sure to consider the following 7 reasons for keeping systems separate when making your decision: Cost &…

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…