FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Autonomous Robots Prevent Crime

Ask The Expert

Stacy Dean Stephens

VP Marketing & Sales

Cobalt Software Platform - Mark43
Mark43's Cobalt software platform unites a set of law enforcement tools securely...

No upcoming webinars scheduled

Product News

Tait Radio Solution Deployed During New Zealand Earthquake

March 15, 2011  | 

Tait Radio Communications shared lessons learned by first responders during the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand, on Feb. 25.

James Kyd, Tait Radio's chief marketing officer, spoke with first responders attending IWCE in Las Vegas. Although the Tait Christchurch facilities were not significantly impacted, it did give Tait some direct first-hand experience of how emergency services respond to a significant incident. Tait was even able to lend a hand to support the first responders with additional equipment and services, according to the company.

"Our customers are public safety agencies, utilities and urban transport providers who plan for and get through incidents such as this," according to James. "Whether it's power line workers restoring electricity in the Midwest after record-snowfall or whether it's EMS, Fire and Police needing to collaborate after an earthquake in Christchurch, these customers are unlike other organizations in their response and communications needs."

Tait customers such as New Zealand Police, New Zealand Fire, Land Search and Rescue and St. John Ambulance Service were praised by the international community on their handling of the earthquake that affected certain parts of Christchurch.

Here are some examples of how the solutions assisted with the recent rescue and recovery mission in Christchurch:

  • The TaitNet trunked P25 system used by the police delivered reliable communications. Talk Groups were quickly reassigned - a benefit of the trunked P25 system and effective network management.
  • TB9100 base stations performed well despite the power outages and spikes in traffic.
  • Interoperability with visiting agencies such as New South Wales Police was readily accomplished. Their Motorola P25 radios worked exceptionally well with the Police's Tait network and Tait P25 subscriber units.
  • Fast programming of different vendor's subscriber units with Tait Key Fill Devices also increased flexibility.
  • Transportable chargers and spare batteries kept rescue workers on long shifts powered up and ready to communicate.  
  • Customised and durable analogue TP8100 portables used by NZ and by the Chinese Rescue teams provided accurate communications during the dangerous rescue operations.
  • Tait TM8250 vehicle radios in several Mobile Command Centers helped the response co-ordination and situation management.   
  • Tait's Christchurch facility includes short-turn manufacturing capability. This in-house resource allowed Tait to deliver hundreds of additional subscriber units within hours.
  • Tait staff were out hand-delivering extra equipment, programming radios and setting up temporary base stations to boost coverage for a variety of agencies.


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Houston Forensic Science Center Outsources DNA Work to Tackle Backlog
The Houston Forensic Science Center will outsource most of its DNA work to a private...
Brother Launches RuggedJet RJ4200 Mobile Printers for Public Safety
The ultra-compact Brother RJ4200 Series supports a wide range of public safety...
Video: British Police Use Drone to Find Missing Hiker
Nearly a day after Peter Pugh went missing, he was spotted in a marshland by a Norfolk...
Boston Politicians Set to Discuss Police Drones, Body Cameras, and Privacy
The hearing takes place in anticipation of a Northeastern University report on the BPD...

Police Magazine