The Isle of Man government has rolled out a £4.1m Tetra (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) system for its emergency services and other departments that will carry both voice and data.
Tetra is the established communications solution for emergency services, having been available before the introduction of mobile GSM networks.
There will be 16 different user groups on the Isle of Man’s system including police, fire, and ambulance crews, along with transport, forestry and utilities teams. The systems will also be used to support communications for the world famous TT motor cycle races on the island.
A total of 1,500 Tetra handsets will be used in the field, along with 40 mobile workstations, which can support Bluetooth, wireless Lan, and GPS data applications.
The MW800 workstations will be carried in emergency vehicles and can complete and support tasks such as automatic number plate recognition, remote database access, messaging and patient monitoring.
To support the combination of heavy voice and data traffic over the Tetra network, the Isle of Man has also chosen mobile and fixed data specialist RAD Data to help manage this integration, build redundancy (or “headroom”) into the network, and provide voice/data traffic back-up facilities.
Robert Williamson, technical director at the Isle of Man government, comments: “The project has run very smoothly and we have our network up and running ahead of schedule.”
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