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Tait Radio lands lucrative London bus network overhaul contract

Tait Radio Communications has successfully implemented a new radio communications system for London Buses, completing a US$15 million ($19.7 million) contract.

Tait Radio Communications has successfully implemented a new radio communications system for London Buses, completing a US$15 million ($19.7 million) contract.

The Christchurch-based company replaced London Buses’ existing obsolete radio network with a TaitNet MPT trunked solution, designed and manufactured at its global headquarters in New Zealand.

This was one of the largest contracts of its kind for Tait, and managing director Frank Owen says it is now "at the heart of one of the most sophisticated mass transit systems on the planet".

The London Buses network is one of the largest urban transport systems in the world and carries more than six million passengers a day.

“London Buses will play a key role in transporting thousands of visitors around the city during the 2012 Olympics, so it was critical they had a highly reliable communications system combined with ongoing managed services and support," said Owen.

“A major reason for Tait’s success in this project is the ability to provide ongoing maintenance and first-line support beyond the installation of London Buses’ network.”

The radio system replacement represents a major component of an upgrade contracted by Siemens VDO (later, Trapeze ITS).

The TaitNet system was customised to integrate with the Trapeze ITS dispatch equipment; facilities such as emergency (code red) calls are also supported by the Tait system and integrate directly with emergency services dispatchers.

The system is also complemented by Tait mobile radios and robust portable radios.