Tetra | Dmr | P25 | 2018-06-08

Omnitronics Digital Radio Management System Now in Charge of 2,512 km Australian Coastline

Source: The Critical Communications Review | Gert Jan Wolf editor

Operators now use a single common microphone across all channels, rather than a desk full of individual ones, and they can monitor 23 channels at once (both VHF and HF) with easy and fast selection.

Australian Volunteer Coast Guard have put an Omnitronics DX-Altus in charge of managing the mission critical rescue communications across 2,512km of Australian Coastline: increasing reach to remote locations reliability, productivity, access and ease of communications for their 2,500 volunteers.

From the 19” radio stand-by-bases in the living rooms of after-hours personnel in the past to the snazzy radio dispatch application on a laptop with only a microphone, Australian Volunteer Coast Guard has made it really easy for their teams, both at the main Communications Centre in Sandringham, Victoria, and at home after-hours, to support the important work the organisation is dedicated to.

Operators now use a single common microphone across all channels, rather than a desk full of individual ones, and they can monitor 23 channels at once (both VHF and HF) with easy and fast selection.

Weather forecasts can now be recorded in advance with the canned voice message sent out to vessels periodically across multiple channels.

“The efficiency, reliability and productivity of our rescue mission communications has improved significantly, and our volunteers appreciate the user-friendly interface of the DX-Altus” says Marcus Grinblatt ESM, Vice Captain Communications Victoria State Council.

To ensure uninterrupted communications at all times and locations, the organisation has implemented a multi-layered network consisting of wired and wireless ADSL/NBN and 900Mhz links to local repeaters separate from IP/ Service provider involvement.

DX-Altus is interoperable across radio manufacturers and protocols such as DMR, P25, Tetra, SIP, PMR and dPMR able to run on one network.