Improve operational efficiency with wireless radio programming

Monday, 01 November, 2021

Improve operational efficiency with wireless radio programming

When it is necessary to update the configuration of a radio or install a new app, license or programming detail, radios are naturally taken off operational duty for amends to be made. Fleet managers face logistical headaches having to collect radios back to sites to install radio upgrades in the traditional way.

As well as this challenge, organisations are increasingly being challenged for resources and time. But for responders in the field, their radios are an inseparable communication device, without which they cannot communicate with their team and cannot continue with their operational roles.

Mission critical radios users can now save time, reduce costs and minimise the time radios are out of service by upgrading their Sepura radios to Over the Air Programming, enabling seamless remote upgrades with minimum disruption to radio operation.

OTAP enables users to connect to secure, approved Wi-Fi networks, to install or download radio configurations, AppSPACE apps, Phonebook updates, fleet maps, PIN/PUK codes, SDAs, updated privacy settings or licence files.

You can watch the Sepura video showing how the Swedish Sea Rescue Society benefit from using Over the Air Programming by clicking on the link here:]

Downloading to the radio does not interrupt any TETRA communication and does not require user intervention. Users can continue their duty with full radio functionality while downloads run as a background task. Once downloaded, the user is still in control and can trigger the installation process at the next radio switch off.

Downloads to the radio are configured to complete within a fixed period. Similarly, the installation process is scheduled to start and complete within a set date and time. Synchronised fleet upgrades avoid operational issues that may arise due to out of step configuration between radios.

OTAP also includes asset management, by identifying any “at risk” radios which have been inactive for a period of time, and ensuring that synchronised upgrades are made to the fleet in a manner that suits operations, avoiding out of step configuration that may affect continuity.

Vehicles awaiting duties; using Sepura’s OTAP solution would save the requirement to bring vehicles to a servicing area to manually connect the radios. Instead, the updates could be installed remotely as and when suits operations

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