Simoco Supplies DMR Network for Jamaican Electric Utility
Friday, August 11, 2017 | Comments

Simoco Wireless Solutions signed an agreement to implement the first phase of a multiphase project to provide Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Jamaica’s sole distributor of electricity, with a new Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) network.

The upgrade, which will see JPS transition from an existing analog network to Simoco Xd, a DMR Tier 3 trunked network that will cover more than 25 sites across the island. In addition to providing advanced voice communications and improved audio quality, the new infrastructure will also be used for data transmission. This includes new telemetry and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) capabilities provided by Simoco’s Pulse technology.

Simoco will provide full systems integration, working with JPS to bring together its portable and mobile radios, data modems and additional technologies, including microwave backhaul communication services. During the project, Simoco will also provide Catalyst Communication Technologies integration and console solutions to ensure integration between JPS’ existing analog network and DMR during the transition phases.

JPS has more than 600,000 customers who are served by a workforce of about 1,704 employees. The company owns and operates four power stations, nine hydroelectric plants, 43 substations and about 14,000 kilometers of distribution and transmission lines.

“This new robust network will enable JPS to communicate seamlessly and with flexibility across the entire island,” said Gary Correia, vice president Americas sales and business development at Simoco Wireless Solutions. “The 700 series digital radios will ensure that JPS employees are using the network with the latest radio technology, giving them the full benefit of DMR’s calling features, data transmissions and reliably clear communications in all environments.

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