Tait Communications’ launch of its 9700 two-way radio series expands the capabilities of the digital mobile radio (DMR) standard with a world-first range of frequencies and network standards in one compact, rugged unit.
Available now, the Tait TP9700 DMR Multiband portable radio offers immense flexibility to adapt to a wide variety of scenarios. Users can more easily talk to people from other organizations, roam across multiple radio networks and have more options to expand their network in the face of spectrum shortages. It is also a great preliminary investment for organizations planning a phased migration to a new radio network with an entirely new frequency band.
Tait Communications in 2012 was the first to bring to market a full DMR Tier 3 solution (network infrastructure and radio terminals). The company is a long-time advocate for open standards, as it offers customers maximum flexibility to select from a range of vendors to build the critical communications solution which best fits their needs. Tait actively contributes to communications standards and product development – in DMR since its inception, in P25 since 2005 and in WiFi and 3GPP LTE.
Tait applies its deep knowledge of mission-critical radio communications to ensure its DMR solutions deliver similar levels of flexibility, performance and reliability as its higher-tier P25 equipment predominantly used by first-responder agencies. Organizations such as London Fire Brigade, Alliant Energy and Boddington Gold Mine all depend on Tait DMR communications to help keep their people safe.
Paul Martin, the Tait Communications senior architectural design engineer representing the company on the DMR Association, says the association’s commitment to improving standards and elevating the user experience conforms with Tait’s approach. “Tait is proud to be a long-term contributor to the development of the DMR standard,” Paul says. “The open-standards approach to technological development allows contributions from across the industry to improve the value to all our customers,” Paul says.
Technically, the TP9700 Tait multiband DMR portable radio series enables:
- The ability to operate in conventional FM analog, MPT1327, DMR Tier 2 conventional digital and DMR Tier 3 digital trunking modes
- Configuration to operate across one or more frequency bands, including VHF, UHF, 7/800MHz and 900MHz
- Single-band operation across the UHF radio spectrum from 378-520MHz (normally two bands)
- Direct-mode calling between radios (while the usual network might be, for instance, VHF, direct mode allows off-network calls using UHF at a particular site)
- Inter-network roaming (you may normally work in UHF 1 but at times want to talk to colleagues at other organizations whose radios are operating in UHF 2 or VHF)
- Expandability (where more spectrum and channel capacity in your existing band is hard to get, you can add channels on a new band and use the multiband radios to operate across the bands)
- Rebanding (you are migrating to an entirely new band. With multiband you can access both the old and new channels, allowing a phased transition to the new network).
 The mobile (fixed in-vehicle) TM9700 version will be available from Tait Communications from October 2023 – the world’s first DMR single-body multiband mobile radio that can communicate in conventional FM analog mode, MPT1327, DMR Tier 2 conventional digital and DMR Tier 3 digital trunking modes. It can be configured to operate across one or more bands including VHF and UHF.
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