Delivering solutions, not just equipment, crucial for modern-day Walkie Talkie dealers

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communication device strokeSelling boxes simply isn’t enough for radio dealers to thrive in today’s ever-changing communications environment.

That’s the message from Patrick Hobby, owner of QDS Communications, the 13-employee Motorola Solutions dealer and service shop based in Colorado that invented the SchoolSAFE solution that recently was deployed in an Ohio school district to enable direct communications between school personnel using a MOTOTRBO network and first responder on a P25 network.

“I think it’s possible for an organization to have a customer connection that deals in commoditized radio products. In selling two-way radio products, for example, people already know what they want, and they’re just looking for the features, the right channels, whether it’s a repeater or this or that,” Hobby said during an interview with IWCE’s Urgent Communications. “But my advice to the industry is to reach down deeper into the solutions business—the integration of solutions into the marketplace, with training being the lead application.”

Such an approach requires a channel partner to recognize what customers are seeking from their communications, understand what challenges they face and then work to deliver solutions that address key difficulties, Hobby said. Often, the ability to accomplish this begins at a personal level, not a technological one, he said.

“People make all of the difference in the world—basically, that one relationship that’s spawned from the dealer organization that turns into a value-added relationship, based on the spoken word and what you’re really delivering,” Hobby said.

“What I would encourage to dealers is that they need to dig deeper into their understanding of how their customers make their money and become value added to that process, instead of being just a commodity dealer that does not know why they use the 2 Way Radios, for example.”

Indeed, the notion of SchoolSAFE was developed in the aftermath of the tragic 1999 shootings at Columbine High School, where a lack of interoperable communications between public-safety agencies was cited as a problem, according to Hobby.

“We knew about the communications issues from the Columbine report and being local here and knowing people that dealt with that tragedy firsthand,” Hobby said. “So it was spawned from our understanding of communications, as it related to the Columbine tragedy.”

Ultimately, QDS Communications developed a patented solution of software and hardware that provides a direct link between the MOTOTRBO systems often used in schools and the P25 systems used by many public-safety agencies. The link is activated by a 911 dispatcher, if it is determined that school personnel and first responders would benefit from direct communications.

More than 200 SchoolSAFE systems have been deployed, with most of them being located in Colorado, Hobby said. QDS Communications tried to install the solution at locations outside of the state but quickly realized “how brutally expensive and time consuming it was to try to reach out and work effectively in other states,” he said.

Recently, Motorola Solutions decided to help QDS Communications deploy SchoolSAFE in each of the 10 schools in the Chardon Local Schools district in a pilot program. It’s a relationship that would not have been considered had QDS Communications simply decided to sell equipment, Hobby said.

“We’re not a dealer; we’re well beyond a dealer,” Hobby said. “[When QDS Communications was founded] back in 2004, one of our five contracts … is called a dealer contract. One of them is called a service contract. One of them is called a manufacturer’s representative contract. Another one is called an agency contract. And the dealer piece is the least valuable of the whole bunch, because that’s your commodity.

“SchoolSAFE is not a commodity.”

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The IC-4088SR A PMR 445 Licence Free Walkie Talkie

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PMR446 Handheld Transceiver
Designed to meet the demands of the licence free PMR 446 service, the IC-4088SR builds on its predecessor’s functionality, features and operating performance.
Featuring a high level of flexibility, the IC-4088SR allows instant communication between members of a group in and around buildings and over short distances. This makes it the perfect tool for keeping in touch with friends, family and work colleagues whilst in close proximity to them. The applications for the PMR446 service are almost limitless and the IC-4088SR would be suitable for camping, golf, catering, use in sports centres, on building sites, catering, events management, neighbourhood watch, factories, farms etc. What’s more it is water-resistant making it ideal for rambling, trekking, or for use on inland waterways etc.

An optional external charger socket or cigarette lighter lead allows you to charge and operate the IC-4088SR allowing you to use the IC-4088SR when and whenever you like. 

The IC-4088SR has all the hallmarks of a quality product. It is well designed, easy to use and very robust. Its strong body makes it ideal for outdoor activity enthusiasts, for example. In fact the IC-4088SR is ergonomically designed and there are an absolute minimum number of switches making operation quick and intuitive. The large, easy to read LCD shows operating information at a glance with clear status icons such as ‘low battery’ and ‘timer’ that are easily recognisable. 

In addition to its ease of use and aesthetic design the IC-4088SR is packed full of communication features that provides the user with a high level of usability and convenience. Among these useful functions are a simple voice scrambler that will provide secure private communication and a handy ‘Automatic Transponder’ function which automatically warns you if the other radios are out of range. 

Other useful operating functions include a call ring function, which allows you to send a ring tone when calling another party – similar to using a mobile phone. Ten different ring types can be selected from. To ensure clear communications with other radios, you can select from 8 different radio channels and 38 different group codes, giving more than 300 different combinations to choose from. A Smart Ring function is also included which lets you know whether your call has got all the way through.

The IC-4088SR transceiver is available with charger and four rechargeable batteries. Two commercial multi-packs are also available.

  • Rugged construction and high performance antenna
  • External DC power jack
  • Built-in voice scrambler
  • Simple to use for everyone
  • Economical three alkaline cells
  • Splash resistant construction
  • Built-in CTCSS encoder and decoder
  • Automatic transponder system
  • Smart-ring function
  • Call-ring function
  • Power save function
  • Low battery indicator
  • Automatic power-off timer (0.5–2 hours)
  • Scan function
  • PTT hold function
  • Variable time-out-timer (1–30 minutes)

Leveraging Digital Technology for Fast, Ef cient Emergency Services

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Named the 033 service after the countrys 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 Tbilisis 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 patients condition, prognosis and recommended treatment. GPS capability would give ambulance controllers a real-time status of each vehicles 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 Medicals 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 Medicals 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 patients home.

The display panel allows users to create and receive text messages, identify callers, scan channels and monitor traffic. The DP3600s navigation buttons allow rapid access to the radios intuitive, menus driven features and one-touch programmable options. A large, press to talk button ensures ease of use, even when wearing gloves

MOTOTRBOs 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.

MOTOTRBOs 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.

MOTOTRBOs 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. MOTOTRBOs 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 Medicals 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. MOTOTRBOs 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

Community radio to take care of consumer complaints in Mewat

two way radio uhfSo to continue my run of content on this website, I have planned to share one of our favourite content pieces this week. I used to be tentative to include it to this website because I actually did not want to offend the initial writer, but I hope he/she is happy that I loved reading their work and wanted to share it with my readers.

One of the country’ most backward districts, Mewat in Haryana will get India’s first community radio based consumer helpline on Wednesday. This helpline will be managed by Mewat based community radio station, Radio Mewat.

According to an official statement, the consumer helpline on community homepage is an innovation to raise awareness among consumers in a community. The listeners can call the radio’s helpline number and leave a message, talk to a radio reporter or even come on live with their complaint.

Consumer affairs ministry officials said that Radio Mewat will document the cases and will pass them on to agencies that can sort out the grievances. The department claimed that over five lakh people will be able to take advantage of the helpline by calling the number 8685904904.

The radio will also commit a 30 minute slot to a consumer rights’ program where consumers will have a live show to discuss problems. Major issues such as sale of expired goods particularly medicines, sale of goods without bills, misleading advertisements etc. will be taken up during this particular segment.

The radio-mode to address consumers’ issues has huge significance since literacy rate in this region is low and there is no mechanism that illiterate consumers can use to address their grievances.

How To Choose A Walkie Talkie

So to continue my run of content pieces on this website, I’ve decided to share one of my favourite posts this week. I used to be hesitant to include it to the website as I actually didn’t want to offend the initial author, but I trust he/she is glad that I enjoyed reading their work and wanted to share it with my readers.

two way radio earpieceThe walkie talkie radio was developed during the Second World War to allow military personnel to communicate effectively while in combat situations. Strangely the term walkie talkie actually refers to the backpack walkie talkie models carried by troops, the handheld varieties being known as handy talkies amongst the troops. Today the walkie talkie radio is used in all manner of industries and in the home and like so many electrical devices has shrunk considerably from the original cumbersome models used throughout the war. In general the walkie talkie has a mouthpiece to speak into and a speaker to listen to messages; modern variants however also have earpieces for discreet applications.

Predominantly the radio comes in two types; usually these are referred to as licensed and unlicensed in the industry. Licensed walkie talkies have a specific radio frequency that communications are transmitted across; typically this frequency is isolated purely for that set of radios. An example of this would be the radios used by racing pit crews in order for them to communicate with each other, the team director and the driver whilst he is out on the track. Unlicensed varieties are normally available in most electronic stores. These are not given a specific frequency and as such as susceptible to problems with cross communication from other radio devices. Because of these problems unlicensed models are normally cheaper than licensed versions.

Considering the type of walkie talkie radio to purchase can be difficult with such a large range on the market today. Firstly it is important to assess the purposes the radios will be used for; for instance, hikers may wish to use an unlicensed model while security personnel would almost certainly need to look at licensed devices. As with any purchase it is important to research the different technologies out there before purchasing. With features such as weather channels, head set transceivers and wrist communicators there is a wide selection to choose from. At this stage it is important to stick to your needs and not buy a device with features that will never be used.

The distance that radios will have to cover is also an important consideration. Anything fewer than two miles is normal although if the distance is greater than five miles, licensed models should certainly be looked at as a more appropriate option. If it is likely that multiple users will be operating the devices a compatibility system will be required. This will allow communication between many parties and will eliminate static and interference. The power supply is naturally an important factor and should be considered carefully, rechargeable models are perfect for uses with a ready power supply but for applications away from settlements changeable batteries are a better solution.

When using the device it is important to learn how to scramble the radio communications. Many models use a voice scrambler to keep messages private while some have sub channels that allow for private communications within an existing network. As part of this it is always important to realise what is being said when speaking through the walkie talkie, conversations should be kept brief and specific to the task, anything confidential should be kept to face to face meetings.

Many thought that the walkie talkie would soon become obsolete at the advent of the mobile phone. This is a fallacy however; there are certain instances where the two way radio is far more useful, such as in areas with little or no network coverage and situations where the time lag on cell phone communications is not preferable. Hopefully this information has given an idea of the uses of walkie talkies and how to select the right model for different purposes. As technology improves it is doubtless that these devices will become ever smaller and more adept at answering people’s communication requirements.

Agreement between Terabeam and Proxim Wireless Lan Seamless transition eliminates disruption to.

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Terabeam Wireless Signs Agreement to buy all the assets of Proxim Corporation Guarantees Ongoing Delivery of Wi-Fi and Broadband Wireless Access Solutions Terabeam and Proxim joined in to the Kenwood TK3301 purchase agreement after Proxim declared Terabeam our prime bidder within the court-approved auction held regarding the Proxim’s Chapter 11 Personal bankruptcy Filing.

The agreement between Terabeam and Proxim is anticipated to supersede Proxim’s earlier plans to market substantially all its assets to Moseley Affiliates. The transaction is susceptible to final approval through the US Personal bankruptcy Court for District of Delaware and it is likely to close on or before This summer 29, 2005. As rapidly as practical after closing, Terabeam will move its headquarters to Proxim’s San Jose facility and can assume responsibility for Proxim’s ongoing sales also for support from the Proxim products with the combined company’s worldwide distribution funnel. The combined company may have significant presence in wireless LAN for 2 Way Radios point-to-multipoint and point-to-point wireless marketplaces and can continue its product development pipeline to deal with possibilities within the WiMAX and wireless mesh marketplaces.

The parties anticipate ongoing they are driving the Proxim brands and therefore are dedicated to a seamless transition that eliminates disruption to Proxim’s clients, funnel partners, employees and providers. “This is a superb chance for Terabeam too for our particular clients and employees” states Robert Fitzgerald, ceo of Terabeam. “We’ll have the ability to offer best-of-breed wireless solutions in just about any arena, from Wi-Fi through wireless Giga-bit Ethernet. We will always be very astounded by Proxim’s distribution system, and that we anticipate growing on their own strong funnel close ties. We anticipate getting together two energetic organizations and think that we are able to accelerate product and our position on the market while keeping the financial discipline to attain lucrative procedures.” “We percieve this transaction as an chance to team having a company by having an aggressive and focused growth strategy,” stated Kevin Duffy, leader and leader officer of Proxim. “With this particular agreement, we mix our talent and technology to achieve time-to-market advantage, exceed the anticipation and needs in our combined clients, and grow the general adoption of wireless networking.” Underneath the the resource purchase agreement, Terabeam will acquire and assume the majority of the domestic and foreign procedures of Proxim for any cost of roughly $28,000,000, susceptible to certain changes and breaks.

Additionally, upon Court approval, Terabeam is obligated to supply debtor-in-possession financing, that will ultimately be subtracted on the cost. As formerly revealed in Proxim’s public filings using the Investments and Exchange Commission, consequently of Proxim’s outstanding obligations to the creditors, no arises from the purchase of Proxim’s assets is going to be given to Proxim stockholders. About Terabeam Wireless Terabeam Wireless may be the business title of YDI Wireless, Corporation. Terabeam Wireless is really a world leader in supplying extended range, license-free wireless data equipment and it is a number one designer of turnkey lengthy distance wireless systems varying from 9600 bps to at least one.42 Gbps for programs for example wi-fi, wireless video, wireless LANs, wireless WANs, wireless Guys, and wireless virtual private systems. Proxim Corporation designs and sells wireless networking equipment for Wi-Fi and broadband wireless systems.

The organization is supplying its enterprise and repair provider clients with wireless solutions for that mobile enterprise, security and surveillance, last mile access, voice and knowledge backhaul, public locations, and metropolitan area systems. This press release and much more details about Proxim are available on the internet at http://world wide web.proxim.com . Safe Harbor Claims within this pr release that aren’t claims of historic details, including claims concerning the considered purchase of Proxim’s assets and associations by Terabeam Wireless and also the publish-acquisition company’s business outlook or expected performance, items, or developments, are forward-searching claims which involve risks, questions, and presumptions. There might be no assurance the acquisition referred to in this pr release or other proper transaction between Terabeam and Proxim is going to be consummated.

Terabeam’s, Proxim’s, and also the publish-acquisition company’s actual results may vary materially in the results anticipated during these forward-searching claims. The forward-searching claims involve risks and questions that may lead to such variations including individuals relevant towards the companies’ ability and require to fulfill the circumstances to closing the transaction established within the definitive transaction documentation (including, without limitation, the necessity to have the approval from the personal bankruptcy court) the substantial some time and costs each company is going to be spending and taking on relevant to some considered transaction the capability to obtain any necessary regulating home loan approvals and clearances required to consummate a transaction developments in and results of the personal bankruptcy process, such as the possible negative effects around the companies’ business which Proxim might seek Chapter Seven personal bankruptcy protection when an alternate isn’t available Proxim’s requirement for financing throughout and thru the personal bankruptcy process and also the risk the financing provided regarding the the considered transaction is going to be inadequate ale the businesses to integrate inside a cost-effective, timely manner without material liabilities or lack of preferred employees, clients, or providers the risk the expected synergies along with other together with your transaction won’t be recognized whatsoever in order to the extent expected the danger that financial savings in the transaction might not be fully recognized.

Or they might take longer to understand than expected responses, either negative or positive, of traders, rivals, clients, providers, employees, yet others towards the transaction time and charges needed to accomplish the considered transaction for 2 way radio after which integrate the businesses management and board curiosity about and distraction because of the considered transaction and integrating the businesses the uncertain effect on the buying and selling market, volume, and cost of Terabeam’s stock, specifically in light of the quantity of Terabeam’s cash to become compensated within the transaction the recession and continuing uncertainty within the telecommunications industry and bigger economy the brilliant competition within the companies’ industries and resulting impacts on their own prices, gross margins, and general financial performance difficulties or delays in developing and delivering new items using the considered or preferred features, performance, cost, cost, along with other qualities the impacts and results of every other proper transactions Terabeam may evaluate or consummate and difficulties in predicting the publish-acquisition company’s future financial performance. More information on these and additional factors that may modify the actual outcomes of Terabeam, Proxim, or even the publish-acquisition clients are and will also be incorporated in filings made by Terabeam and Proxim every once in awhile using the Investments and Exchange Commission as well as in the companies’ other public claims.

How To Use Distant Measuring Equipment Within A Flight Planner

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What is distance measuring equipment that is used within a flight planner?

Distance measuring equipment is a transponder based motorola SL4000 walkie talkie navigation technology that measures slant range distance by timing the propagation delay or VHF or UHF radio signals. Developed in Australia, it was invented by Edward George Bowen while employed as Chief of the Division of Radio physics of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Another engineered version of the system was deployed in the early 1950s operating in the 200 MHz VHF band. The Australian domestic version was referred to by the Federal Department of Civil Aviation as DME (D) and the later international version adopted by ICAO as DME.
DME is similar to secondary radar, except in reverse. This system was a post war development of the IFF systems of World War II. To maintain compatibility, DME is functionally identical to the distance measuring component of TACAN used within a flight planner.

Operation
Aircraft use DME to determine their distance from a land based transponder by sending and receiving pulse pairs. These are two pulses of fixed duration and separation. The ground stations are typically located with VORs. A typical DME ground transponder system for en-route or terminal navigation will have a 1 kW peak pulse output on the assigned UHF channel.

A low power DME can also be co-located with an ILS glide slope antenna installation where it provides an accurate distance to touchdown function, similar to that otherwise provided by ILS Marker Beacons.
Distance calculation and accuracy used within a flight planner
When using a flight planner, a radio pulse takes around 12.36 microseconds to travel 1 nautical mile to and from and it is also referred to as a radar mile. The time difference between interrogation and reply 1 nautical mile minus the 50 microsecond ground transponder delay is measured by the interrogator’s timing circuitry and translated into a distance measurement (slant range) which is stated in nautical miles and then displayed on the cockpit DME display.

The accuracy of DME ground stations is 185m. Its important to know that DME provides the physical distance from the aircraft to the DME transponder. This distance is often referred to as ‘slant range’ and depends trigonometrically upon both the altitude above the transponder and ground distance from it in a flight planner.