Christchurch’s Tait Communications played host to a delegation from Chile this week, who visited the firm to hear about the importance of critical communications systems, particularly during disasters such as the devastating 2010 Chilean earthquake, and learn how Tait’s solutions can help the country.
The Chilean delegation included senior representatives from the Oficina Nacional de Emergencias del Ministerio del Interior (ONEMI), the Chilean Cabinet and the Los Lagos Emergency and Civil Protection. They were visiting the country to learn about the preparation NZ agencies have undergone since the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes.
“South America is an important region for Tait and we continue to make excellent progress in our strategy to deliver and support networks that public safety users can rely on and services that add real value for our clients,” said Frank Owen, CEO of Tait Communications.
“Our focus on extensive research and development into P25 open-standards technology, backed by funding from Callaghan Innovation, is enabling Tait to grow and to deliver tangible benefits to our clients here in New Zealand or overseas.
“The interoperability of a Tait solution means that during a critical event, multiple agencies can communicate on the same network to co-ordinate recovery response and defence. This is vitally important for organizations like ONEMI that are tasked with protecting their people, goods and the environment,” he added.
The delegation visited the Tait Innovation Centre to learn more about the company’s communications systems used by several emergency services, including the Fire Department of New York, Australia’s Country Fire Authority and New Zealand Police.
Tait already has a presence in South America. In 2011, Paraná’s military police selected Tait’s digital mobile radios to fight organised crime. Their officers also use the P25 mobile radios in their vehicles, mainly in the capital of Curitiba. Brazil’s Sao Paulo Civil Police has also committed to a US$4 million upgrade of its existing Tait P25 digital radio network to trunking operation.
NZTE Chile spokesperson Louise Sisam said, “New Zealand and Chile face many of the same challenges, particularly in the area of earthquake emergency response. We hope that our two countries will continue to work closely together for the benefit of both countries.”