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Brentwood expands partnerships in the FM sector

Two way radio vendor Brentwood Communications has further boosted its long standing reputation as a leading supplier to the FM industry with three new contract wins.

The Essex based company was approached by Platinum Facilities and Maintenance Services (PFMS) about supplying a new fleet of handheld radios for a major office complex in the heart of London.

The giant 231,257 sq. ft building in the heart of the City of London is home to a number of high profile companies. PFMS wanted a communications system which would work reliably for security and maintenance staff across all six floors, and which could also be used when taking deliveries in the underground loading bay.

Brentwood supplied a fleet of Motorola DP1400 digital handsets, a cost effective model boasting the high performance audio specifications and feature enhancements typical of digital two way radios. To ensure unbroken coverage throughout the huge building, Brentwood also supplied a Motorola SLR5500 repeater unit plus an antenna to boost signal strength.

As well as PFMS, other recent clients include award winning pharmaceuticals manufacturer Bristol Labs and global cloud computing giant Rackspace. Both companies were looking for two way radio systems to assist with the day to day running of their respective premises in Bristol and Hayes, west London.

At Bristol Labs, one of the main challenges was setting up a system which would ensure coverage in the heavily insulated processing laboratories. Brentwood again supplied a repeater unit to boost signal strength, but this time recommended Motorola DP4800 handsets. A premium class digital model, the DP4800 boasts exceptional audio and signal processing, ideal for getting clear coverage through obstacles and barriers.

In addition, the DP4800 includes a range of high performance safety features, such as Lone Worker monitoring and Man Down automatic alarm, ideal for use in hazardous environments like labs and factories.

The main challenge posed by supplying Rackspace’s UK head offices was guaranteeing signal coverage across all five multistorey buildings on the site, including in the underground car parks. Again supplying DP4800’s along with more compact DP3441’s, a key part of the solution was setting up a DM4600 base station in the middle of the site.

While traditional analogue two way radios could only be programmed to operate on a single network at once, modern digital radios can be set up to work on many networks simultaneously. Brentwood took advantage of this by programming the base station at Rackspace HQ to run four separate networks. Added together, these four networks provide four times coverage range, meaning facilities personnel can communicate from all over the site in any of the five buildings.

James Miller, managing director of Brentwood, said: “Over the past 40 years we’ve been very proud of the strong relationships we have developed with clients in the FM sector. Two way radio is very well suited to the needs of FM, where you have teams dispersed across large sites needing to keep in touch. It offers a discreet, mobile and easy to use method of communication that allows work to be coordinated on the move and also offers a wide selection of safety features for added peace of mind.

“What is particularly exciting is, as digital two way radio technology improves, we are able do more and more to meet the needs of clients. Not only are we able to set up radio networks at bigger and bigger sites, we can also add new ways to keep in touch, with the latest models supporting text messaging, GPS, even connections to WiFi and telephone systems. It means we have even more scope than ever for delivering bespoke solutions that meet the specific requirements of each site.”

To learn more about the two way radio solutions available from Brentwood Communications, please visit www.brentwoodradios.co.uk, or to speak directly to a technical consultant for free, no obligation advice, contact us here.


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