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Tait gets go ahead to sell radio equipment to Mississippi

Christchurch-based radio manufacturer poised to sell emergency radio equipment to state government.

Tait Communications has been given the green light to sell its communication equipment to government agencies in Mississippi by the state’s government.

State agencies such as the National Guard, Highway Safety Patrol, and Department of Corrections will be able to purchase radio equipment from the Christchurch-based manufacturer.

Tait will be selling its P25-compatible digital portable and mobile radios, and public safety applications.

P25 is a suite of open interoperable digital radio standards commonly used in North America by law enforcement agencies. In 2009 it was adopted by the New Zealand Police.

Before recieving approval to sell to the state, Tait needed to show its P25 technology would work on Mississippi's Wireless Information Network which runs on the 700 Mhz spectrum, and is currently used by around 9,100 public safety and government workers.

Tait says it was officially recognised by the US Federal Government after several months of testing at the company’s American labratory in Houston, Texas.

A spokesperson for the company says being accepted by the Mississippi government shows neighbouring agencies the viability of using Tait products in the US.

Frank Owen, managing director of Tait, says the US is an important export market, which has seen growth in the last couple of years.

“We have seen strong growth in the last two years in the US and approximately 30 percent of our export demand is from the Americas,” says Owen.

In September last year, Tait became the first additional radio equipment manufacturer able to supply the New South Wales government.

Tait says the company has not sold any devices to Mississippi yet.

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