Monday, August 8, 2022

Two-Way Radios for Emergency Services and Body-Worn Cameras

Share This Post

Emergency services are a vital part of our daily lives. We rely heavily on Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Search and Rescue personnel to assist us during an emergency. Tetra radios, atex, digital and analogue two-way radios for emergency services and more recently, body-worn cameras are an integral part of the job. Robust communications are essential under the demands of high-pressure situations and rather more sadly, body-worn cameras ensure that staff feel safer and have a record of incidents when facing threats while trying to save lives.

Airwave Network

Within the UK, the Police, Fire and Ambulance services all have access to the Airwave Network which forms part of the nation’s Critical National Infrastructure. The system was designed specifically to provide secure and speedy communications during major incidents.

Emergency Services Network (ESN)

The UK Government is building a new Emergency Services Network (ESN) critical communications system. This will replace the current Airwave service used by the emergency services in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) and transform how they operate. ESN will enable fast, safe and secure voice, video and data across the 4G network and give first responders immediate access to life-saving data, images and information in live situations and emergencies on the frontline.

ESN will deliver:

  • secure and resilient mission-critical communications the emergency services and other first responder communities can trust to keep them safe
  • a modern voice and data platform which will enable the emergency services to improve front-line operations
  • a common platform to enable emergency services to work more closely together for data sharing in emergencies

The core application on which ESN runs is being provided by Motorola Solutions and the network infrastructure is being built by EE, by upgrading its existing network of around 19,000 masts, deploying 700 more 4G masts in rural areas and building new sites.

The Home Office is supplementing this coverage by building 292 masts to give emergency services coverage in some of the most remote and rural areas of Great Britain. These sites are known as the Extended Area Service (EAS).

Tetra Two-Way Radios for Emgerncy Services

To use the Airwave network, emergency services need to use Tetra radio equipment. This equipment is predominantly supplied by Sepura and Motorola Solutions.

Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) is a digital trunked mobile radio standard.

Some unique PMR services of TETRA are:

  • Full duplex voice
  • Wide area fast group calls 
  • Allow back-to-back communications between radio terminals independent of the network 
  • High-level voice encryption to meet the security needs of public safety organizations 
  • Emergency call facility that gets through even if the system is busy 

Atex Two-Way Radios for Emergency Services

ATEX two-way radios are designed to withstand explosive atmospheres, such as mines and other hazardous areas. Highly hazardous manufacturing environments such as oil refineries and petrochemical plants will use Atex radios. This ensures that workers can conduct their maintenance and operational requirements safely, while still being in full communication with their team.

In emergencies, such as in oil refineries and petrochemical, if a fire or explosion were to occur then the on-site emergency team would be deployed but also the Fire Service would be called out. To ensure swift communications between the Fire Service and the on-site team, The Fire Service will, in all likelihood, already have their own Atex two-way radio equipment, paired to their breathing apparatus, with designated radio channels pre-programmed so that when they reach the site they can communicate instantly with the on-site team and start to deal with the emergency immediately.

In addition, Fire Services can have their own ATEX two-way radios for all situations where fire crew need to enter areas with explosive gases. Some sites that need to be attended may not have radio coverage with their existing Tetra handsets, or they may not have the applicable rated Atex Tetra handsets to operate them in certain environments.

With the introduction of Digital Atex two-way radios such as the MOTOTRBO DP4801 Ex, these radios offer the best solution as they now include features such as:

  • Intelligent Audio
  • Noise Cancellation
  • GPS tracking
  • 256-bit AES256 encryption
  • Transmit Interrupt

Analogue and Digital Two-Way Radios For Emergency Services

Search and Rescue teams are the most likely for emergency service to purchase analogue or digital two-way radios. Often they may find themselves in remote environments where there is no Mobile or Airwave tetra coverage. Using two-way radios will allow personnel to keep in touch no matter how remote the environment. There are distance limitations and users will still need to be in the line of sight but the two-way radios will effectively create their network anywhere.

Body-Worn Cameras for Emergency Services

It is an incredibly sorry state of affairs when emergency service personnel are targeted with abuse when they are trying to do their job. Paramedics are particularly badly affected by abuse on the job. Body-worn cameras can be an effective deterrent and if not a deterrent, then a means of capturing the culprits in the act, for future prosecution.

Often ambulance staff are lone working in high-risk areas, carrying medication and coming into contact with people with know risk factors. Body-worn cameras can provide a record of events with possible live streaming. This at the very least ensures that lone workers can feel more comfortable carrying out their job.

Related Posts

Hytera Discontinued Two-Way Radio Equipment

With the introduction of Hytera's new, AP5, BP5, HM7,...

NEW: Hytera’s H Series, HM7, HP6, HP7 Series and AP and BP Series

In October 2021 Hytera announced the launch of the...

Hytera Launches Two New Licence-Free Radios

Hytera have launched two new licence-free radios aimed at...

Motorola Solutions T92 User Guide Features

The Talkabout T92 is quite possible the best selling...

Two-Way Radios In Leisure and Hospitality

Two-way radios in leisure and hospitality industry can be...

Using Two-Way Radios for Events

Using two-way radios for events is such a critical...

Two-Way Radios In Education

Two-way radios in Education can be a valuable tool...

Two-Way Radios In Oil and Gas/Petrochemical Industry

Two-way radios in Oil and Gas/Petrochemical industry can be...

Two-Way Radios In Warehousing, Manufacturing and Distribution

Two-way radios in warehousing, manufacturing and distribution industry can...

Using Two-Way Radios In Construction

Two-way radios in construction can be a valuable tool...

Two-Way Radios and Body-Worn Cameras In The Security Industry

Most people will be familiar with seeing security personnel...

Understanding Two-Way Radio Maintenance and Support Contracts

Two-way radios and two-way radio systems can sometimes represent...
-A 2 Way Radio Directory Service -spot_img