Thursday, 19 March 2015 18:13

VIDEO Interview: Vertel’s National Tier III digital mobile radio network launches


Vertel has launched Phase 1 of its first National Tier III Digital Mobile network, bringing significant advances in comms for primary industries and essential services.

Australian telecommunications carrier Vertel specialises in the design, build and operation of next generation network infrastructure and associated services.

An independent Australian company founded in 1973, it delivers network services to Government, Enterprise and Service Provider customers, comprising of ‘carrier grade and alternate telecommunications infrastructure in fringe metro, regional and remote Australia.’

Its latest announcement is a national roll out of a new Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tier III open standard trunked radio network, with the first phase competing after designing and testing over the last 12 months.

Following a vigorous multi-vendor evaluation, Vertel selected its long-time partner Tait Communications to help deliver its Australian-first network.

So, what can you do with a DMR or digital mobile radio network?

DMR networks enable a host of features to streamline operations, which will be especially beneficial to companies and public sector organisations operating across both regional and metro areas.

In the first phase of the roll-out plan, the Vertel DMR Tier III network will support Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and the surrounding regions.

In the second phase, the network will roll out in Melbourne and Perth, and ultimately grow to form a national network. The core infrastructure connecting this network is Vertel’s carrier grade MEF certified network, bringing mission critical standards to a commercial offering.

A third phase will expand the network further still, as explaned in the video interview.

iTWire spoke to Andrew Findlay, Vertel’s Managing Director about the new network, which you can see in the video embedded below.

Recent research commissioned by the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association found that the conservative value of the LMR industry is between $2 billion and $4 billion each year, with almost 40 percent of the value derived from the Emergency Services sector.

The research says that 55% of respondents regarded LMR as critical and essential for their business operations. The report also found that 87% of users strongly felt that digital technologies would form an important part of future LMR requirements, the technologies which the DMR standard enables. Networks based on the DMR standard offer a greatly improved two-way radio experience that yields operational benefits and efficiencies through clear communications, safety features and wide area coverage.

Providing consistent coverage across large geographic areas, the new Vertel DMR Tier III network supports a range of applications and features. These include messaging, man down alarms and GPS tracking which ensure the safety of lone or remote workers, making this a critical network for remote construction crews and public sector workers in the field.

Vertel MD, Andrew Findlay said, “We are proud to bring two-way radio into the digital age. Over the next 2 to 3 years, we plan to expand our DMR network to significantly exceed the current range of our analogue MPT network. To help construct the DMR network, we selected Tait after a rigorous trial and testing process. Their proven experience in large scale open standard networks and depth of local support makes them the perfect partner for this landmark project.”

Enterprises do not need to replace their entire fleet of radios to access the Vertel DMR Tier III network because multi-mode radios work on both analogue and digital networks. This allows companies to migrate gradually and cost effectively from analogue to digital, a requirement highlighted as critical by Vertel’s large customer base.

The open standard nature of the Vertel DMR Tier III network creates a greater flexibility between terminals and applications from multiple vendors, giving much greater choice to the end users.

TAIT Asia Pac GM, Brett Smythe said, “We are excited to partner with Vertel in bringing a national open standards based DMR network to Australia. This open-standard technology will allow Vertel customers a greater freedom of choice and flexibility when migrating from the analogue network. Time and again our technology proves its value to clients across the globe.”

Vertel’s DMR Tier III standard supports applications and features such as:

  • SMS and email messaging
  • Greater voice clarity
  • Telephone interconnectivity
  • Data encryption
  • Easy migration and scalability
  • GPS location and tracking
  • Lone working and man down alarms
  • Data transfer
  • Telemetry functionality
  • Job ticketing and messaging
  • Event and voice recording

A map of Vertel's Phase 1 coverage in NSW can be seen here (PDF Link). 

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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