University of Wolverhampton Bridges Coverage Gaps with MOTOTRBO Digital Two-Way Radios and TRBOnet Application
With new buildings changing the face of the University of Wolverhampton campuses, reception and communication between staff were becoming sporadic at best due to the limited signal strength of the existing analogue system. DCRS had to provide a reliable radio solution to eliminate weak spots, protect staff, and monitor all users throughout multiple sites.
The three campuses cover an area of 30 miles and are located in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford in Shropshire and each has their unique characteristics that radio coverage has to overcome. It has approximately 23,000 students.
The existing analogue two way radio systems were all working separately and were unable to cover each campus from end-to-end, giving users serious coverage gaps. Spread over a total of 30 miles although one of the campuses is only open at certain times, security is still maintained 24×7. Teams were using mobile phones to stay in touch, but even they experienced coverage gaps in certain parts of the campuses and lower parts of the buildings.
Stephen Baggott BA (Hons), MSc (CPM), Campus Operations Manager , University of Wolverhampton
” As with any projects it is important to not only have confidence in the product, but also in the suppliers.
It was felt by the project team that DCRS had the expertise and an understanding of what the University expected and the best way of delivering this. Delivery and installation was successful in what was quite a tight timescale. Additional functions and access to radios by different departments is now a distinct possibility. Knowing that DCRS already have an understanding of our business needs allows for a collaborative approach to develop best functionality of the system and delivery.”
Via an MOTOTRBO™ IP Site Connect system, the Universities multiple repeaters are now on a private network which eliminates coverage gaps. All mobile users are utilising GPS enabled MOTOTRBO™ digital two-way portable radios working alongside the Motorola Application TRBOnet™ Dispatcher which is a computer monitoring solution giving instant communication access.
This has given all sites a real boost to their operations.