Leveraging Digital Technology for Fast, Ef cient Emergency Services

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Named the “033 service” after the country’s emergency response telephone number, Tbilisi Medical Emergency Response Service Centre operates in and around the Georgian capital. The service provides 24/7 emergency medical care for Tbilisi’s 1.3 million citizens from its 120 ambulances and intensive care vehicles.

Tbilisi Requires Advanced Digital Technology while Optimising its Investment in Analogue Radios Tbilisi Medical was upgrading its fl eet to provide new ambulances and equipment for its skilled emergency teams. As part of the modernisation programme, Tbilisi Medical wanted to replace its existing Motorola analogue 2 Way Radios with a digital system. Investing in a leading edge, future-proofed solution would help it save more lives by delivering uncompromising clarity for life-or-death critical communications to improve emergency response times. In addition to ensuring complete coverage across the city and its outskirts, Tbilisi Medical wanted to combine voice, text and position location services in a single device. Text messaging would allow paramedics and fi rst-aid teams to record and share written details of a patient’s condition, prognosis and recommended treatment. GPS capability would give ambulance controllers a real-time status of each vehicle’s current location and activity to minimise delays in despatching medical crews to the scene of an accident.

Also important was compatibility with the analogue radios used by doctors at the 10 hospitals in and around Tbilisi to where casualties are transported. The service needed a solution that was both affordable and could meet all its communications needs cost effectively. Tbilisi Medical’s long-term supplier and Motorola Licensed Partner recommended MOTOTRBO for its breadth of coverage, unrivalled audio clarity, cost-effective use of spectrum and depth of functionality.

Next-Generation Communications at an Affordable Price

The Motorola Authorised Partner set up MOTOTRBO base stations and DR3000 repeaters at Tbilisi Medical’s two control centres, installed a Motorola DM3601 enhanced display mobile radio in each of the 200 ambulances and built the GPS interfaces. Tbilisi Medical also purchased 60 DP3600 portable display and keypad radios for use by medical response teams working at the scene of an accident or in a patient’s home.

The display panel allows users to create and receive text messages, identify callers, scan channels and monitor traffic. The DP3600’s navigation buttons allow rapid access to the radio’s intuitive, menu’s driven features and one-touch programmable options. A large, press to talk button ensures ease of use, even when wearing gloves

MOTOTRBO’s support for digital TDMA technology splits a single channel into two virtual channels to provide twice the capacity of analogue. This gives Tbilisi Medical six channels for the cost of three and halves the number of base stations and repeaters needed. Two of the three channels are used to cover the east and west sides of the city, with each one providing voice and data over one virtual channel and GPS services over the other. The third channel is a dedicated emergency response covering the entire city. This has also been split to manage voice/data and GPS. The Motorola Authorised Partner managed user training for the new MOTOTRBO system. Ambulance crews were quick to learn how to operate the DP3600s and became competent users after just 12 minutes training. The eight control room dispatchers quickly adapted to the new system and continue to work closely with MZE to refine channel tuning and define and implement new functionality as they need it.

MOTOTRBO’s backward-and forward-compatible platform means that SL4000 walkie talkies can be switched to analogue mode when ambulance crews need to liaise with hospital staff. Compatibility with analogue allows the migration to digital to be phased in over several years as part of the ongoing upgrade of its two-way radios.

MOTOTRBO’s built-in location tracking functionality has been activated in the Motorola DM3601 mobile radios to give controllers a real-time display of fleet activity. Dispatchers can programme the system to receive the geographical coordinates of each vehicle at pre-programmed intervals, on demand or upon pressing the emergency button. Integrated position location is of critical importance to Tbilisi Medical Emergency Response Service Centre and optimises fleet management, scheduling, route planning and despatching. Working from accurate real-time information is critical for controllers at the point of decision and helps save time, money and lives. The robustness of the DP3600 hand portables, that are also dustproof and water resistant, enables them to withstand sustained rough use in all weather conditions. The long-life battery also helps improve efficiency by allowing emergency crews to use the radios for around 16 hours before recharging is needed.

MOTOTRBO Helps Save Time, Money and Lives MOTOTRBO has streamlined both routine and emergency call-outs for Tbilisi Medical. The improved speech clarity of digital over analogue means clearer communications, with messages getting through first time, even against the background of traffic in a noisy street. The wider range has eliminated communication black spots at the city limits while integrated GPS has optimised response times. Digital also enables users to make one-to-one as well as group calls, which means that medical crews only receive calls that are relevant to them. MOTOTRBO’s emergency and man-down features ensure that all users are alerted instantly to a colleague in distress or requiring immediate assistance. MOTOTRBO is also highly affordable and meets all Tbilisi Medical’s communications needs at a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions.

Tbilisi Medical is the first emergency response service in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to purchase MOTOTRBO, but anticipates that others will follow its lead. MOTOTRBO’s advanced digital platform breaks through to new levels of performance and allows organisations to meet their future needs flexibly and cost-effectively. Tbilisi Medical anticipates achieving a return on its investment in MOTOTRBO within 12 months.

Source – http://www.motorolasolutions.com/web/Business/Product%20Lines/MOTOTrbo/_Documents/Case_Studies/Static_Files/Emergency_Services_Tbilisi.pdf

Walkie-Scorchie problems nearly fixed, Land Securities says

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Property company Land Securities said it was close to fixing the problems at its Walkie Talkie City skyscraper (called this because it looks like a website) after the glare from the building melted car parts on the street below over the summer.

Chief executive Robert Noel said the problems at the building, which is still under construction, would not delay tenants moving in or exceed the budget set aside for its £240m share of the development.

“A solution is in the final stages of design and implementation will commence shortly. Despite the solar glare issue of the summer, occupiers have not been blinded to the efficiency and location of the building. We are close to resolving the issue and it will not delay occupation nor inflate budgeted cost,” he said.

The glare from the 37-storey building, officially known as 20 Fenchurch Street but which has now been nicknamed the “Walkie-Scorchie”, was so strong that a motorist claimed it melted part of his Jaguar parked on the street below.

Business owners in the area said the reflected sun rays caused paintwork to blister and tiles to crack, while others proved the heat was so intense it was possible to fry an egg.

Noel said that the solar shading solution would be installed when the weather improved, and in time for when office workers move in next year in September.

Land Securities is in a joint venture with Canary Wharf Group on the scheme, designed by the architect Rafael Viñoly.

Viñoly said in September he predicted the building might reflect hot sun rays to the street below but “didn’t realise it was going to be so hot”.

The building is 56% pre-let, with negotiations on a further 20% of space close to completion.

In terms of Land Securities’ retail portfolio, Noel said while there were signs the UK economy was improving and “the retail market has turned a corner”, consumers remained under pressure.

“Although there is improvement in the UK economy, headwinds persist in retail property as we believe the consumer, with lower real income and faced with rising non-discretionary expenditure, will remain under pressure.

“With an increasing population and healthy demand in all sectors, we view London property as distinct, although not divorced, from the overall UK economy.”

Announcing first-half results for the six months to 30 September, he said net assets per share – a key measure for property companies – rose 3.6% to 994p from 31 March.

The rise was driven by an increase in value of its portfolio and profits on disposals. Underlying earnings increased 8.9% to £156.5m.

He said the market was “highly competitive”, which meant sales of assets would likely exceed spending and acquisitions in the second half.

“It is likely that revenue profit will be slightly lower than in the first half as we lose income from sales.”

Land Securities opened its latest shopping centre, Trinity Leeds, in March, with plans underway for new retail schemes in Glasgow, Oxford and Guildford.

The company announced that Sir Stuart Rose, the former chief executive of Marks & Spencer, will step down as a non-executive director in January.

At the same time Cressida Hogg, the managing partner of infrastructure at 3i, and Edward Bonham Carter, chief executive at Jupiter Fund Management, will join as non-executive directors.

The company recommended a first-half dividend of 15.2p a share, up 2.7%.

Source – http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/nov/12/walkie-scorchie-glare-problems-nearly-fixed-land-securities

Ham Radio Hobby – 5 Facts To Enhance The Fun

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walkie talkie dollIt is usually a custom for the two way communicators to identify their position and station and also their zone, region and place. Should the contact be made for a contest to do as many communication touchups with ham or stations radio operators then this information needs to be shared.

1. DX-ing and DX-peditions:

A radio operator’s goal, whether they are an amateur or not, is to get into contact with as many stations as humanly possible throughout the entire world.

What does DX stand for? It is short for Distant Stations. The second half meaning DX-ing is followed by QSO which means conversation.

DX-peditions are diverse in that the searching expeditions are intended exclusively for the intention to make contacts. This is especially true for those rare, hard to find and special unrepresentative regions.

Currently, there are Walkie Talkie frequency scanners that are great tools for just his use. It will scan repeatedly to find a sting signal.

2. QSL cards:

What is a Q code? It is a standard compilation of three letter message indoctrinations that all begin with the letter “Q”. It was first designed for the commercial sector of radiotelegraph communications. Later, it was incorporated to other radio sectors including amateur ones. The “Q” codes are not necessary in today’s transmission age but are used as form of tradition.
The QSL card, in part with the DX-ing and DX-peditions, is shared. This code means to acknowledge the receipt. it was customary that those who did the initial contact send QSL cards to confirm their contact as well as their conversations. These QSL cards are good for those in a contest to get into contact with a certain amount of stations in the specified amount of time. Not only that, the cards are distinguished because they are efficient for amateur radio operators.

3. Contacting remote regions:

For some countries, there are less radio operators and when these are contacted, they are rather special. Many times when a ham radio operators gets into contact with this region, other ham operators seek communications with these operators. When these places are contacted during special times, they have a place for its award program.

4. Hamfests:

This is when events are centered on those in the ham family and their friends. This event is designed to sell and exchange ham radios and meet real life ham friends. This event is usually done over the period of a few days.

5. Ham Radio Discussion Groups

Like the Internet Chat rooms of today, many ham radio operators offer discussion groups based upon similar interests besides the ham radio. They eventually form networks to help each other out should it be necessary. They can also form a discussion group based on their interests of the ham radio.

Should a radio hobbyist decides to get involved with the many activities that are involved, they are sure to never be bored. So if this is something you would consider fun and entertaining, then see how you can go about getting started.

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Council to seek permission to sell Connaughty Centre

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A council has agreed to seek permission to sell a youth centre and sports hall needing repairs costing up to £700,000.

Northamptonshire County Council cabinet agreed to approach the owners of the Connaughty Centre and McDiarmid Sports Hall in Cottingham Road, Corby. The site is leased by the council from the Homes and Communities Agency whose permission is needed for any sale.
Councillors heard the buildings were no longer needed by the council and that repairs would be too costly.

The Connaughty Centre is used by Youth Works, a community interest company. The McDiarmid Sports Hall has been unused since 2005 and is in an “extremely poor state of repair”, according to the report presented to councillors.
Councillors were told an alternative plan by Youth Works to continue using the Connaughty Centre was not viable. Because the council was appointed a trustee of the centre, permission would also be needed from the Charity Commission to dispose of the site.

The council would also have to re-invest its share of the proceeds from sale into youth activity.