At a UK airport, the radio system is integrated with the
airport database to automatically allocate jobs to coaches
based on flight information. That would have been an
enormous project a decade ago, but now it’s relatively easy
and affordable because standards mean you can mix the
By combining analog signalling over a marine radio with DMR
Tier 3 digital trunked systems, operators can control marine
radios hundreds of miles away. That mix of old-fashioned
VHF marine technology with new DMR Tier 3 trunked puts
voice over DMR then re-transmits over marine radio. In the
past, that would have been too expensive to consider, but
now it’s possible. And it’s not just voice. We support full DSC
data on marine radio, relaying ship-to-ship information many
hundreds of miles out at sea, back to shore.
Many integration projects now pick up events and alarms and
alerts from various systems, from fire alarms to burglar alarms,
and process them via a single control system.
In a car manufacturer spray paint department, we monitor
the paint levels in every pot and send that information
over the radio – this prevents the chassis being spoiled by
splatter. We also monitor weight sensors on each corner
of every vehicle chassis on the conveyor carrier as they go
round the factory. If they become unbalanced, an alert via
radio lets workers know that a particular carrier has an issue.
This innovation is particularly interesting because it required
absolutely no changes to the factory’s building automation
software or processes. The controlling Windows PC prints
to a virtual printer using its normal software, and the radio
system acts as the virtual printer, forwarding the alerts to the
display on the radio as a text message.
Intergrating a keyboard with a radio in a vehicle means users
are no longer restricted to the buttons on the front of a radio
itself; you can now plug a traditional USB keyboard into the
back of a Tait Unified Vehicle radio using AppBuilder.
There’s virtually nothing that can’t be achieved now. The key thing
is that vendors, integrators, customers and end users must all
re-evaluate the restrictions they have in their minds because it’s
But in the end, it all comes back to a really old-fashioned idea –
old-school conversations with every one of our customers about
what they need and what they want. We must encourage them to
look over the fence, beyond their own industry borders, to let their
imaginations to run wild, to be brave with their ideas, and not let
perceived ideas about cost stand in their way.
Those old barriers are gone now.
nothing that can’t
be achieved now.”