U.K. Scientific Research Campus Deploys Sepura DMR Network
Tuesday, December 01, 2015 | Comments

The Wellcome Trust Genome Campus selected Sepura Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) technology to improve communications at its Hinxton Campus in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Radiocoms Systems, Sepura’s channel partner for central London, signed the contract.

Because of expansion and changing working practices, The Wellcome Genome Campus required a communications solution that would aid security, health and safety, and facility management services. The Wellcome Trust tested a number of digital systems before going out to tender.

Radiocoms Systems offered a Sepura DMR solution and was awarded the contract. Radiocoms has supplied four repeaters with uninterrupted power supply facilities and more than 100 portable radios for use by other staff with specific talk groups, such as engineering and facilities management. Each talk group uses a different colored front bezel to easily identify their own radios. Radiocoms has also provided the security team with SICS eXpress dispatcher and mapping software.

“The four repeaters provide eight simultaneous talk channels — one for each group — and the handsets are fully featured and robust, with outstanding loud, clear audio, making them ideal for each of the talk groups’ differing needs,” said Mark Blythe, sales director of Radiocoms Systems. “To improve health and safety, all hand-portable radios are equipped with lone worker, emergency button and GPS features so that in case of an emergency, the security team is alerted instantly, with calls being logged and mapped on the application software package for quick and efficient response and resolution.”

The Genome Campus is a 130-acre scientific research campus built in the grounds of Hinxton Hall. Wellcome Trust owns the campus, and its largest component is the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI), which employs around 900 people. It is also the site of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), the bioinformatics outstation of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), which employs about 540 people.

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