DMR multisite simulcast case study

Comms Connect (WFevents)

Thursday, 18 March, 2021

DMR multisite simulcast case study

A detailed case study of a DMR multisite simulcast network trial for an Orion New Zealand client will feature at the Comms Connect conference in Wellington in May.

The case study will look under the bonnet to share the business drivers and the challenges faced, along with the methodology applied.

Speaking to Critical Comms ahead of the conference, Neville Digby, Senior Systems Engineer with Orion New Zealand, said that “Our business driver was safety concerns with lone workers in remote locations complicated further during adverse weather.

“We computer modelled coverage and then went about proving it with real-world measurements, driving over 1000 kilometres in the process.”

The solution tested was DMR simulcast, with the trial aiming to see how effective it is in hilly terrain and what happens in extensive flat areas.

“We worked out how to do a very quick deployment of a trial network using borrowed self-contained ‘pods’,” Digby said.

“This trial involved technology providers, site owners, measuring equipment providers, field support staff and engineering support from here and overseas,” he added.

“Many of these groups compete in their normal business environments, but we brought them all together for this trial. We got 10 parties all working for a common goal.”

This not-to-be missed presentation is just one of many in the recently released program for Comms Connect New Zealand. You can see full details of the entire program at

Registration details, including substantial Early Bird discounts, can be found at

Don’t forget that the RFUANZ Gala Dinner and Awards Night will be held coincident with Comms Connect — registration details are available at

Limited sponsorship and exhibition opportunities remain — please contact Narelle Granger at for full information.

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