Modernize your Analog Network through IP

We have an exciting new launch video for our Analog Simulcast over IP (AS-IP) solution. Watch below to learn why and how we designed this solution, and the many benefits it can provide for our US Public Safety Customers.

Tait Analog Simulcast over IP is the perfect voice and paging over IP system. It’s cost-effective implementation, voting and simulcast integration, and fleet synchronization abilities make this the most reliable and robust AS-IP solution today.

Better yet, the Tait AS-IP hardware is capable of P25 Phase 1 and Phase 2. So, if in a few years you decide to upgrade to P25, all you need to do is update your feature licenses. This can even be done remotely. It just doesn’t get any easier.

If you’d like to talk with someone about AS-IP, then register your interest and we’ll be in touch.

For your convenience, we included the video transcript below:

Bruce Mazza:
For more than 15 years, the Tait QS2 system has built a proven track record amongst our customers. It was intelligent, had low maintenance costs, and the simulcast network made it extremely easy for users to connect.

We recognized that, in order for our customers to continue using and enjoying our analog simulcast offering, we needed to modernize through IP. We refined the structure of the QS2 system, improved and simplified the intelligence of the system design, and created the best Analogue Simulcast over IP network available on the market today.

Neil Keller:
Simulcast is spectrally efficient and ideal for organizations that need to accommodate more users on fewer channels. It also offers the peace of mind that every radio manager requires, knowing that users can roam between coverage zones with fewer dropped calls and without changing channels.

Historically, simulcast networks have been notoriously difficult to build and to sync correctly. But at Tait, we took several steps to ensure the transition to AS-IP would be as quick and painless as possible for our customers.

Iain McInnes:
One of the early decisions we made on the engineering team was to integrate the voting and site control into the TB9400 base station. We removed the need for a 3rd party voter, simplifying initial set up by reducing the equipment required for a typical analogue simulcast network. It has saved significant rack space and power consumption, and led to greater system reliability through having fewer points of failure.

Another major set up challenge with simulcast is tuning, you need every tower to be synced properly for it to work. If it isn’t tuned perfectly, then reception will be erratic. Even a microsecond of difference can ruin the signal.

Tuning an analog simulcast network used to be a real challenge, but our new transmitter design removes all tuning and equalization. Syncing the different towers happens instantly through IP connectivity and internal GPS. This results in an easier set-up, less user-training, and better audio quality.

Bruce:
Flexibility is also key to a smooth migration, that’s why we’ve built the AS-IP network to accommodate pagers and any analog terminal radio. This vast flexibility of terminal fleets allows users to utilise their existing analog equipment, driving down the total cost of ownership.

Ed Wegner:
You can’t talk about Tait without mentioning Tait Tough. Since AS-IP runs on the Tait Tough 9400 series, you know your hardware will be built to last. But the software is just as tough.

Our engineering team has performed thousands and thousands of automated tests to ensure our AS-IP software is world class. And we spent countless man-hours performing field trials, ensuring that Tait analog radios, as well as our competitor’s analog radios, perform reliably on our AS-IP system. All this testing gives you confidence that we have built a platform that is resilient and robust.

Neil:
Our voter redundancy is unparalleled. Should a repeater fail for any reason, then voting functionality will automatically be taken over by another repeater. This is predetermined in the software by the system engineer, meaning functionality will fall back to the most robust site available.

Iain:
The Voting software capabilities have also contributed to the excellent audio quality. The voter continuously assembles the best possible audio signal by combining the outputs of all receivers. This ensures that the best-received audio is constantly being selected, enabling the best transmission quality possible. When your users push to talk, they can rest assured knowing that clear audio will connect them.

Bruce: 

Technology is always changing, and at Tait, we want our customers to know they’re choosing a flexible, future proof system that protects their initial investment.

Neil:
That means that upgrading has never been simpler. Imagine it’s 2 or 3 years down the road, and your organization decides to upgrade to P25. You can upgrade your entire network and all 9400 terminals in your fleet to P25 remotely. All you’ll need to do is add new feature licenses. It just doesn’t get any easier.

Bruce:
TaitNet AS-IP is the perfect voice and paging over IP system. Its cost effective implementation, seamless upgrade path, voting and simulcast integration, and fleet synchronisation make this solution the most reliable and robust IP-based solution available today.

We can confidently say that, not only does Tait Analog Simulcast offer the very best simulcast analog coverage and solution today, but also the best migration story to P25 available on the market.

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