The Critical Communications Review – Tait Partners Deliver Huge Maritime Rescue Dispatch Solution
Tait’s partners, Omnitronics and Direct Communications, provide an at-sea rescue dispatch solution for mariners along Australia’s west coast.
The Marine Rescue of Western Australia is a non-profit organization with more than 1,400 volunteers responsible for keeping mariners safe on more than 20,000 km (13,000 miles) of Australia’s west coast. Tait’s partners, Omnitronics and Direct Communications, provide an at-sea rescue dispatch solution for mariners along Australia’s west coast.
Western Australia faces many challenges in ensuring the visibility, surveillance and safety of the sailing and boating communities. Tait’s partners, Omnitronics and Direct Communications, provided a communications solution to 33 coastal sites for the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services using Radio over Internet Protocol (RoIP). The backbone of the system being an integrated Tait/Omnitronics solution.
Using a marine VHF radio and a network of 38 strategically located marine VHF repeater stations commissioned by government and private organizations along the WA coast, the project connects marine VHF radios to a microphone and to a laptop running Omnicore Enterprise Dispatch for a user to access. radios.
The upgrade follows feedback from volunteers and boaters who identified large gaps in radio coverage along Australia’s west coast.
While 16 volunteer rescue groups along the coast provide a 24/7 watch service to seafarers, 7 groups have limited service on weekends and public holidays only, the remaining 15 groups n don’t have the volunteer resources at all to monitor the radios. In the Internet of Maritime Security, the organization aims to provide a 24/7/365 monitoring service that covers the entire coastline of Western Australia and surrounding islands, including Indian Ocean territories , Christmas Island and the Cocos/Keeling Islands.
Radio over IP (RoIP) technology was selected to increase security in less populated areas by enabling radio traffic monitoring and incident response using available but remotely located operators, i.e. say in the Perth metropolitan area.
Additionally, the technology offers volunteers the ability to monitor the radios from home or other locations in cases where it is not possible to get to the control room, simply with a laptop, microphone and an Internet connection.
Installation will begin early in the second half of 2022 and is to be completed in time for the 2022/2023 Australian summer season. The official announcement of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) RoIP project is available above.