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Newsletter July 2017

  Posted on 27 July 2017

Keeping you up to date with news and developments at Purcell Radio Systems, come rain or shine...

British Summer Time is in full Swing

Forgive us for not being in touch sooner; 2017 has been busy, busy, busy! So much so that it has been difficult to pause and tell you all about it. Read on to find out what we have been up to and for our spotlight on a new product that may be of interest to you...

CARPS Gets a Warm Reception in Chile
Chile, as you may well know, is a country of great variety and home to many surprising wonders of the world: the mysterious stone heads at Easter Island, the world’s oldest mummy (the scary kind, not the nice kind), and both the driest place on earth (The Atacama Desert) and the world’s largest swimming pool, to name but a few. It is also regarded as the most developed country in South America, having overtaken Argentina in the Human Development Index report for 2016. As of June 2017 however, Chile has a new claim to fame as the first Latin American country to use the CARPS task management system!

Our client, providers of support services at at the Hospital del Trabajador in Santiago, contacted us after seeing CARPS in action during a fact-finding trip to the UK. Although this was the first overseas implementation of CARPS that we have undertaken, a frank and open discussion of needs, requirements and expectations, along with a “can-do” attitude from both sides, has allowed the project to become a reality.

Purcell’s Technical Director, Shawn Foster and Radio Engineer, Manuel Gonzalez (a native Spanish speaker, as luck would have it) headed out to manage the installation and staff training at the end of May. The system has been a great success thus far, with Porters at the busy “Workers Hospital” taking to the new system very quickly.

The Portering department at the Hospital del Trabajador is using a radio based CARPS system, utilising MOTOTRBO radios to send and receive tasks and status advance notifications, and to manage RTT based voice communications with the Controller. All key user guides, as well as the CARPS application interface, have been translated into Chilean Spanish for the project. The team in Chile have been a pleasure to work with and we hope that this pilot installation will lead to further opportunities in Chile and across Latin America.

New Kenwood NX-3000 Range Offers Some Illuminating Features
Kenwood's latest offering is unique in that the range is not only compatible with Kenwood's own NEXEDGE digital radio protocol (NXDN) and legacy FM analogue mode, but also works on DMR (Tier II), making this group of "mid-range" radios one of the most flexible options available. This move from Kenwood means they will be competing more directly with Motorola and Hytera in the European DMR (Tier II) market, which is almost certainly good news for end users.

NX-3000 hand portables look smart on the outside, and inside boast a host of smart features. The range come with a compact Li-Ion battery as standard, offering extended operating life, and a built in GPS receiver allowing the user to go with their antenna of choice. The units feature Kenwood's renowned clarity of audio supported by "Active Noise Reduction" technology, Bluetooth connectivity for peripherals, including a "Head Set Profile" mode to enable hands free operation, and built-in motion detection for now familiar safety features, such as Man Down alerts. Options are available with a white backlit LCD screen with either Full Keypad or Partial Keypad, or a basic Non-Display version, as pictured below.

We like an "outside-the-box" feature here (note: I did not say "gimmick"), so we are particularly drawn to the "7-colour Light Bar Indicator" on the top panel of the radio.The default use for this feature is to give an at-a-glance indication of what channel the radio is operating on. However, as Kenwood are promoting the NX-3000 range as customisable (with the right software licence), it should be possible to programme this feature to indicate other status changes, to suit the need of the user.

If you are a fan of Kenwood kit looking to upgrade, or if you are looking for a phased migration from analogue to digital, the new NX-3000 range looks to offer a solid option with some nice features and innovations.
Coming Soon...
We have a number of projects underway at the moment and are particularly excited about CARPS and TopCat users seeking to migrate their systems to a managed Hosted Service. We will be in touch again in the not too distant future, but don't hesitate to contact us in the meantime if you have any questions at all. 

P.S. If you know anyone you think might like to receive this quarterly newsletter, please forward their name and email address to us. We will confirm their interest before adding them to the list.

Best wishes,
Tom Purcell
Purcell | Business Development

tel: +44 (0)20 7739 8060

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