White paper on assessing the effects of radio failure

By Jonathan Nally
Thursday, 08 August, 2019

White paper on assessing the effects of radio failure

LocusUSA, a firm that works in the field of radiofrequency capture for radio analysis and location, has released a white paper entitled, ‘Assessing the Effects of Radio Failure in High-Risk Incidents: A Guide for Public Safety Agencies’.

The paper’s authors outline why they think lack of training is rarely the problem, with the real issue being malfunctioning communication equipment and the fix-it-when-it-fails approach to radio maintenance.

According to the authors, even brand-new systems are susceptible to failure due to poor maintenance and, most often, these problems remain hidden until the equipment fails.

What’s worse, when a failure occurs, grey areas can mean that radio system managers spend hours of trial and error chasing down the source of the issue before they can begin fixing it.

The white paper’s topics include:

  • Recognising the causes of radiofrequency drift.
  • What to do if your radios have automatic frequency control.
  • Assessing the impact of radiofrequency drift in high-risk incidents.
  • Mitigating radiofrequency drift.
  • Assessing maintenance schedules.
  • Which maintenance method makes more sense?

“We have taken an innovative approach to illustrate in this white paper the importance of why an agency needs to provide maintenance annually for their radio fleet,” said Joseph Rey, manager partner of LocusUSA.

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