Digital mobile radio: it’s a game changer

Mining is an inherently dangerous business and communications play a key role in improving the safety of individuals and increasing operational efficiency.[1]

Reliable communication systems reduce risks by providing constant two-way communication between miners and their support teams to monitor conditions and ensure timely emergency response. Remote connectivity could be the difference between life and death in some situations.

Not all mines are the same and each location has its own set of issues to contend with, but every mine can reduce risk by using reliable technology.

This has seen many mines make the move from analogue to digital radio communications, removing a dangerously exposed single point of failure from mining operations.[2] If the analogue radio system goes down, pit communications cease – and so does all operational activity.

Digital radio, the obvious replacement for analogue radio, provides mines with a communications system with far greater resiliency, scope and capability.[3]

Digital radio gives mines the opportunity to add new functions that can radically improve safety and efficiency, such as a dedicated emergency channel[4], and information such as unit ID, status buttons, and enhanced text messages can be embedded into a single digital radio channel.[5]

But while it’s all well and good to have the latest technology, if your employers aren’t adequately trained, it can render it useless, or in the least, barely better than analogue.

Whether you are a beginner or seasoned expert, maximizing your Land Mobile Radio (LMR) knowledge is essential to doing your job well and keeping your users safe. The Tait Radio Academy is a free online school dedicated to providing expert information in the form of lessons.

The Tait Radio Academy is for anyone who wants to learn more about radio communications, whether they are an Operations Manager wanting to refresh their knowledge of Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), or just starting out in communications. They provide short, easy courses on the major topics at every level of radio knowledge.

The Academy’s Introduction to DMR course covers everything DMR related, with easy to understand explanations and diagrams, The course syllabus covers:

  • DMR standard: Why was the DMR standard created? What benefits can it offer and what standards does it meet?
  • DMR network architecture: DMR networks include far more than two portable radios talking to each other. Learn the different elements available for your network and how they interact together.
  • Channel operation and configuration: There are two types of channels in DMR, but what do they do and how many does your business need? Learn this and more in this section of the course.
  • Call types and features: Voice calls are just the tip of the iceberg with a DMR voice and data network. Learn the different call types and features in this lesson.
  • Final assessment: Once you have completed all the lessons, you can take this final assessment to earn a Tait Radio Academy certificate for Introduction to Digital Mobile Radio course.

See what the courses have to offer by visiting the Tait Radio Academy.

[1] http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/features/the-growing-importance-of-communication-technology
[2] http://assets1.csc.com/au/downloads/0310_08_Analogue_to_Digtial_PoV_FA2_a.pdf
[3] http://www.abc.net.au/technology/articles/2012/08/30/3579586.htm
[4] http://assets1.csc.com/au/downloads/0310_08_Analogue_to_Digtial_PoV_FA2_a.pdf
[5] http://www.abc.net.au/technology/articles/2012/08/30/3579586.htm

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