A solution designed and supplied by Tait Communications is helping one of Australia’s major utilities companies keep its workforce connected and safe. Power and Water, a state government-owned business which supplies Australia’s Northern Territory with high-voltage electricity, water, and sewage networks, has selected Tait to upgrade its mobile workforce communications system.
Power and Water services a vast area of over half a million square miles (1.3 million square kilometers), a desert land area bigger than Peru and South Africa. With hundreds of employees working over such a large expanse of challenging terrain, including main population centers, along interconnecting transport routes, and out in isolated communities, Power and Water needed a reliable communications system that ensured workers were able to stay connected, efficient, and safe.
Previously running a system of four old analog mobile radio networks, some of which were nearing end of life, Power and Water considered offerings from a handful of mobile radio manufacturers before deciding to upgrade to digital with the Tait DMR Tier 3 solution. As well as ensuring reliable communications for Power and Water’s employees, the Tait solution also offers the ability to easily integrate safety-enhancing features such as advanced location and other data services in the future, which was an important factor in the evaluation process.
Power and Water’s new Tait Communications DMR Tier 3 trunked network includes mobile digital radios (TM9300), portable digital radios (TP9300), dispatch consoles (Zetron MAX), Tait Enable Network Monitoring and Management, over-the-air-programming (OTAP), and the Tait Service Advantage Package. The solution also includes a service package which will be provided by Darwin-based Tait solution partner, I.T.S Communications.
The corporation’s extensive evaluation concluded that the Tait solution provided the best whole-of-life value for money and lowest risk, as well as being a known, trusted brand with a staff that demonstrated a strong understanding of their needs throughout the selection process.