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the way by becoming the fi rst to adopt the new Tetra messenger service from Airwave. Following a successful trial in

Ambulances take the lead T

he North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) is leading

the latter part of 2011, NWAS has procured the service for a three- year term and has placed an initial order for 330 devices. Tetra Messenger is a secure,

resilient, two-way messaging and alerting solution, which provides messaging on Airwave’s secure Tetra Network. T e addition of the GPS functionality means that control rooms can pinpoint the whereabouts of on-duty responders and manage their resources more eff ectively during an incident. “T e device is simple and

easy to use and off ers users the functionality to store up to 40 pre-defi ned messages. In the past our responders were unable to respond in a situation which made it diffi cult for us to know who was available and where they were located”, said Ray Lunt, NWAS programme director. T e pre-programmed responses (respond and react) can be easily

Bus operator takes digital radio on board


tagecoach South West has invested in a digital radio

system for its 300-strong fl eet of buses. It has signed a deal with Premier Communication Electronics (PCE), which will roll out a new Motorola MotoTrbo system from April. This will replace ageing analogue radios. PCE, based in Exeter, designed

the system, which includes 300 fi xed mobile radios and three repeaters which together will offer clearer audio quality and improved coverage.

Airwave’s Tetra Messenger – a fi nalist in the Best Tetra Innovation category of this month’s International TETRA Awards 2012

integrated into existing control room systems giving the operators access to real-time updates. “It is a robust messaging device

with the added benefi t of receipt acknowledgement”, added David Sangster, Airwave’s UK services director. “It is a world fi rst and off ers signifi cant advantages over analogue paging systems.” T e Airwave Tetra Messenger

was nominated in the Best Tetra Innovation category at the inaugu- ral International TETRA Awards 2012. T e ceremony was held at London’s Savoy Hotel in March. For more information on the

awards – a collaboration between TETRA Today magazine and the TETRA + Critical Communica- tions Association (TCCA) – visit

Collaborating with dispatch A

new version of Zetron’s Max Dispatch system

includes a direct IP connection to Kenwood’s Nexedge digital trunking system. The system forms part of a complete Nexedge offering from Zetron and Kenwood, which includes both the radio network and the dispatch console system. “Zetron’s direct IP connection

to Nexedge enhances Kenwood’s ability to provide customers with a complete, digital solution”, said Mark Jasin, Kenwood senior vice president and general manager in the US. “Combining Zetron’s Max Dispatch system with Kenwood’s Nexedge trunking, very narrow-band digital technology offers the


most advanced network solution available in the world.” And Ellen O’Hara, president

and chief executive of Zetron, added: “This direct IP connection to the Nexedge system demonstrates our commitment

All aboard: Stagecoach South West is replacing its ageing analogue radio system

Karen Langley, managing

to providing customers with a wide variety of radio interface options. This solution is an example of the synergistic benefi ts that result when manufacturers collaborate on behalf of customers.”

director of PCE, said: “Our skilled engineers will deploy the new solution during a three-month period to fi t in with the day-to- day requirements of Stagecoach South West’s busy schedule. We look forward to working closely with them to achieve a modern two-way radio communications system that befi ts the level of investment Stagecoach South West has made in its Devon bus network.” The radio solution includes

TRBOnet dispatch software. It also has data capabilities and the potential to integrate with IT-enabled applications. “The implementation of

this state-of-the-art digital radio system will benefi t both our staff and our customers”, commented Mike Bishop, Stagecoach South West’s engineering director.

LAND mobile March 2012

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