TETRA Radios (Terrestrial Trunked Radios)
TETRA Radios are secure, reliable and efficient communication systems that are stable, flexible and designed to meet the needs of various markets.
Tetra was developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and is the most widely deployed digital radio solution globally. Terrestrial Trunked Radio (Tetra) has a reputation internationally for being a ‘high end’ radio solution, however with technological advancements, Tetra is now a cost-effective solution for any mission-critical site, large or small.
We’ve migrated several mines across, including BHP’s Mount Arthur Coal, Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group and Glencore’s Ravensworth.
The Benefits of TETRA
Control – The wide range of TETRA products available ensures a solution can be tailored to meet the requirements of your unique market.
Capabilities – Robust and intelligent in design, they are easy to use for operational simplicity.
Clarity – One to many voice communication and outstanding audio clarity.
GPS – Optional GPS services and advanced handset features to meet diverse needs.
Scalability – The system can become a full extension of your internal phone system, effectively joining these systems together at an affordable rate.
Access – Central configuration allows you to control talk groups and access to the system.
Tailored – Gencom will work with your business to provide a solution for your work needs today and help scale up your system should you need additional capabilities in the future.
Longevity – Increased battery life on a system that can replace all other mobile communication equipment.
TETRA’s effectiveness, reliability, and security combined with its range of applications make it the primary means of communication for many businesses and organisations. TETRA technologies enable every industry to have safe and reliable communications.
TETRA Radio Hardware:
The primary purpose of the TETRA standard was to define a series of open interfaces and services and facilities in sufficient detail to enable independent manufacturers to develop infrastructure and terminal products that would fully interoperate with each other and meet the needs of traditional PMR user organisations.
Technically speaking, Tetra uses a Time Division method of slicing time into four timeslots, unlike most other digital platforms. This division of time provides significant security improvements and allows for a diverse array of different applications to be run on the terminals in addition to simple voice traffic.
In the Hunter region mining areas, Tetra is used at BHP’s Mount Arthur Coal, Xstrata’s Ravensworth Mine, Xstrata’s Bulga Coal, Peabody’s Wambo Mine and Xstrata’s Mangoola operation. The Mangoola Tetra network is an 800MHz carrier frequency (not in the UHF frequency range). Unfortunately, the terminals are incompatible with the more recent Tetra digital radio system rollouts using UHF Tetra (450MHz range).
Gencom has worked closely with each of our mining clients while rolling out their Tetra solutions. We have ensured that the profiles developed for one mine are compatible with the next to make sure a contractor can utilise the investment in the Tetra radio terminal at multiple mine sites.
Both Motorola and Damm infrastructure have been used in the Hunter Valley with Motorola and Sepura terminals, respectively.
Gencom is a premier partner with both solution providers.