Entropia and Tait Sign Deal for DMR Network in Greater London (10/16/14)
Thursday, October 16, 2014 | Comments

Entropia Digital signed a long-term agreement with Tait Communications to provide a Greater London Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) network, including terminals and technical support. Entropia’s London network, called Tier 3, will be designed for maximum flexibility to allow for a broad spectrum of users and will provide portable level coverage, reducing installation costs compared with other mobile-based wide-area systems.

Entropia Digital announced its decision to invest in a U.K. network in December 2013. The company also operates private digital professional mobile radio (PMR) networks in the Netherlands and Belgium. The company provides customers with access to infrastructure and terminals through subscription-based solutions through its partner and dealer network. This allows agencies such as amber light services, transportation, utilities, local authorities and security agencies to upgrade their communications systems without incurring the capital cost of infrastructure.

Entropia considered several global communications standards based on the availability of governmental licenses before committing to the Tier 3 trunked solution from Tait Communications. Tait’s track record in deploying large-scale networks, and their willingness and ability to adapt, made Tait an ideal partner for this new strategic relationship, said Entropia’s CEO Philip Vercruysse.

“The relationship between Entropia and Tait goes back many years and we share similar origins,” he said. “Tait has significant experience and credibility in mission-critical wide-area networks, so we’re very comfortable in choosing them as our partners for this significant new venture. What’s even more important to us is the fact that Tait has listened to what we need and tailored the solution to our precise requirements. That kind of agility and adaptability is a rare thing.”

Entropia will deploy 980 channels infrastructure to provide coverage in Greater London for thousands of portable and mobile users. The network rollout will commence in London and expand to the southeast and other key metropolitan areas, including Birmingham and Manchester. Entropia’s U.K. clients will benefit from the clear voice quality of Entropia’s 9300 series of mobiles and portables. As part of the deal, the terminals will be badged with Entropia branding, raising brand awareness for Entropia in the U.K.

In addition to high redundancy infrastructure and terminals, Tait will provide technical support through its U.K. services partner, Magdalene. Tait will provide 24/7 redundant technical support via Magdalene’s Network Operations Centre and service support through its U.K.-wide support teams under the Tait Service Advantage program.

“From the customization of the terminals themselves, the speed with which we can deliver the solution and even the support agreement we’ve put in place, we’ve done everything we can to make this the ideal solution for Entropia,” said Hans van der Linde, Tait’s regional general manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “Our client wants to see their brand ‘walking the streets of London’ in the hands of their customers. This technology is the very latest in critical communications technology and makes their business more efficient, more proactive and their people safer. They are the goals that matter to us.”

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