Washington state’s largest electric and natural gas utility migrates radio system to IP with Tait

Puget Sound Energy, Washington state's largest combined electric and natural gas utility, has selected Tait Radio Communications to implement a radio communications solution that provides a path to a digital voice communications solution to improve operations and meet customer needs, as well as current and future regulatory compliance.

"We selected Tait after a thorough review because they provide a complete PMR solution that is scalable, meets the current regulatory requirements and can be expanded to support the future communications and security demands that we in the utility industry will face," says Charles Seese, PSE manager of Telecommunications Services. "The TaitNet MPT-IP system presented PSE with the best combination of technology and pricing in the 220 MHz band for our consolidated radio system."

Steve Cragg, President, Tait Radio Communications, Americas, says, "A project of this scale must be a partnership between the two companies to deliver success. Planning for future communications with Tait means an expert team is right there at each stage, designing, managing and supporting the changes. Meeting the client's outcomes is just as important to our staff as it is to the utilities that choose to partner with Tait."

PSE's Tait solution will feature a 59-site 200MHz MPT-IP network and 2,000 robust Tait 8000 series terminals to replace a VHF conventional network and proprietary 900 MHz system.

"TaitNet MPT-IP is a communications solution that's relevant right now and opens PSE up to a future of open-standards communications, meaning they will not be locked into one vendor when adding to their network," says Steve. "With digital infrastructure based on a stable communications technology, digital linking and IP connectivity, it's upgradable if and when PSE requires, to a fully digital future.

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