Tait P25 radios put public safety agencies in control

New features have been added to Tait Tough P25 portables (TP9100) and mobiles (TM9100) that will give more control to users, network administrators and fleet managers.

"All public safety staff involved with radio communications need to be sure they are in control of their communications, but all have different needs," says Simon Britten, P25 Portfolio Manager. "First responders may want to control which channels a radio scans, a network administrator may want to know the radios being used on the network, while a fleet manager may need to know the whereabouts of all vehicles."

Control for first responders

With new versatile scanning capabilities, users can monitor multiple talk groups simultaneously, modify scanning priorities on the fly or scan by region or zone.  P25 talk group, editable and zone scanning means Tait radio users can be more selective about which channels they need to listen to, effectively saving scanning time by reducing unnecessary channels from scan lists.

For Tait portable users, the new Li-Ion battery option reduces carry-load for first responders and PSTN dialing enables taking and making mobile phone calls; meaning one less thing to carry. Once the shift is done Tait portable radio users can charge the radio with the Tait tri-chemistry charger and have full confidence it will be ready for the next day.

Control for network administrators

The Tait Key Fill Device (KFD) has been a hit with organizations that rely on encryption to maximize radio communication security. The KFD now has the new Fast Key Fill feature, which allows non-specialized staff to securely deploy keys to P25 radios.

The KFD is best re-keying small teams, while for larger organizations Tait radios are OTAR-enabled to allow for remote key deployment.

Other recent safety enhancements to Tait radios include the simplified system key - which allows administrators of large systems to monitor the radios added to their network - the security pin and keypad lock enhancements on the portable, and function button programmability.

Control for fleet managers

The Tait P25 mobile and hand-held control head now have the capability to display and transmit GPS data. GPS coordinates can be displayed on the mobile screen in latitude and longitude, reducing the need for a separate "on dash" unit.

Tait mobiles also have the capability to transmit GPS data including vehicle location, which allows intelligent management of fleets and teams when incorporating Tait mobiles into an AVL solution.

"For example, response crews battling wild fires need the location accuracy that comes with GPS coordinates when calling for back-up or a water drop from a helicopter," Simon says.

"Meanwhile, the ability to transmit GPS data allows police fleet managers to know the exact location of vehicles and respond to incidents with the closest units, reducing response times and contributing to reduced vehicle running costs," Simon concludes.

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