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Digital Radio Solutions for the Mining Industry

Gencom is the foremost provider of digital radio products and mine radio solutions to the mining industry in NSW with particular focus in the coal mining industry centred around the Hunter Valley, Gunnedah Basin and Ulan coal measures.

We have installed digital radio solutions for all the biggest players in the mining industry including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto Coal & Allied and Xstrata Coal with more on the way.

The technologies employed include the P25 digital radio standard as well as the Tetra standard – both mission critical digital two way communications implementations providing the highest level of quality, security, redundancy and performance. Experience the superb voice clarity and positive communications benefits of a digital two way radio solution, an investment in the number one safety critical system in any operating minesite.

Many companies in the industry have used the resources boom to re-invest in their operations, replacing traditional analogue radio systems that in many cases have been in operation for nearly 40 years.

More recently the advent of the Motorola MotoTRBO platform has enabled many mining companies to achieve similar performance across their minesites with a much lower cost. The MotoTRBO platform delivers much of what the top tier p[latforms (Tetra & P25) while offering the ability to slowly phase in digital operations on the minesite, replacing traditional analogue radios with the MotoTRBO terminals.

Once the mine has reached a critical mass of TRBO radios on site, a decision can then be made to replace the analogue repeaters with digital MotoTRBO repeaters still operating in analogue mode. Once all the radios on site have been replaced, the system can be simply switched over to digital, enabling all the features and benefits that digital radio offers to the mining industry – security, audio clarity, unique identifiers, GPS location and much more.

Gencom has deployed a number of MotoTRBO rollouts in the mining industry, and the Gunnedah Basin and Ulan coal measures look set to be MotoTRBO across the board. This in turn simplifies the situation for contractors in the area, offering them a lower cost of compliance as well as the opportunity to utilise the benefits of the MototTRBO platform for their own fleet communications.

Tetra Solutions

ETRA is an open standard developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).  The main purpose of the TETRA standard was to define a series of open interfaces, as well as services and facilities, in sufficient detail to enable independent manufacturers to develop infrastructure and terminal products that would fully interoperate with each other as well as meet the needs of traditional PMR user organisations.

MotoTRBO Solutions

Remaster your workforce with the right radio. From the front desk to the factory dock, moving across campus or around the country, MOTOTRBO radios are connecting more people effortlessly and efficiently wherever they work. Information is instantaneous. Decision-making becomes easier.

P25 Solutions

Apco P25 is a digital standard developed predominantly in the US for public safety applications where a requirement for interoperability with existing legacy analogue radio systems exists. It is widely used in Australia for the Government Radio Network (GRN) and is the system used by Police, Fire and Ambulance services.

In mining applications it is used to provide a larger coverage footprint than comparable digital solutions such as Tetra as a result of the higher power of the mobile and portable terminals.

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