The application is being developed with Tait, who will provide
the fireground P25 equipment, and Omnitronics, who will provide
a customized version of their RediTALK Air product along with
the WiFi gateway.
The signaling that will be employed is standard P25 status
messaging and GPS messages which are sent from the
appliances to the Strike Team Leader’s vehicle.
The user interface will be structured to provide as much
information as possible while being simple, clean and uncluttered
so that the users can easily identify the information needed to
efficiently manage their resources.
For example, on the map the vehicle icons will be presented
using colours to signify their status e.g. green for normal
operation, yellow for low water indication and red for an
emergency/duress state. This simple differentiation will allow
the Strike Team Leader to prioritize resources and ensure
optimum safety of all personnel.
In another purpose-driven development, Tait will implement
software to enable radios to display the relative position
(distance and bearing) of a transmitting radio using the P25
GPS information. This is particularly useful where strike team
members need to locate a team member who may be injured
or requiring immediate assistance.
Audio files holding all voice traffic will be stored on the tablet
enabling the CFS to review the way an incident has been handled
and to optimise training processes so that the full benefit of
hindsight can be realized.
Once implemented, this solution will simplify the role of the
Strike Team Leader and allow them to use the P25 technology
to better coordinate the personnel and resources under their
command. This will result in more efficient, safer operations on
Article reprinted from Quarter 3 2015 issue RadioResource
International. Copyright 2015 Pandata Corp.
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