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Tait Communications deploys radio network for Alliant Energy in the US

Tait Communications deploys radio network for Alliant Energy in the US

Tier 3 digital mobile radio network is the largest of its kind to be deployed in North America, says the Christchurch-based company.

Alliant Energy Corporation, a major Midwest US energy company, has selected Tait Communications to roll out its digital mobile radio network (DMR Tier 3).

Tait Communications says the project is the largest rollout of its kind to be deployed in North America.

The new network will provide superior coverage for Alliant Energy’s service territory in Iowa and Wisconsin and replaces an aging assortment of independent radio networks. The deal includes a 12-year managed services contract commencing from the end of the first phase of the rollout.

“This system upgrade will deliver superior coverage and reliability to improve worker safety,” says Garry Diack, Tait Communications CEO. “Additionally, our managed services capability allows us to work in partnership with Alliant Energy to optimise their network over the life of the system.”

Tait was chosen to provide the radio network system and approximately 1650 radios after a selection process that included the evaluation of several alternate technologies.

Alliant Energy generates and distributes electricity and natural gas, serving over one million electric customers and 420,000 natural gas customers in a service territory that spans over 69,000 square miles.

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This system upgrade will deliver superior coverage and reliability to improve worker safety.

Garry Diack, Tait Communications.

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Tait is number 73 in the 2015 CIO100 report on the top ICT using organisations in New Zealand.

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The first phase of the contract is due to be completed before February 2017.

The contract with Alliant Energy is the latest win for the Christchurch-based company. It follows a deal signed last month with South Australia’s Country Fire Service to provide over 4000 radios for a major upgrade program.

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