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Kiwi radios to help combat crime in South America

Kiwi radios to help combat crime in South America
Tait Radio Communications has struck export success in South America after securing two big deals in Brazil.

Tait Radio Communications has struck export success in South America after securing two big deals in Brazil.

Military police patrolling the Brazilian state of Parana purchased hi-tech digital mobile radios designed and built by Christchurch-based Tait to use in their vehicles in the fight against organised crime.

Brazil’s Sao Paulo civil police also recently spent US$4 million upgrading its existing Tait P25 network to a trunking (computer-controlled) operation. An additional safety feature of the radios is a sensitive covert microphone, which allows the radio to transmit and receive without the headset. Officers will use this system to assist them in policing the 11 million people who live in Brazil’s largest city.

P25 is an international open standard for the manufacturing of computer-based digital two-way wireless communications.

Tait managing director, Frank Owens says without funding exporting the radios overseas would not have been possible.

“Our focus on extensive research and development into P25 open-standards technology, backed by funding from the NZ Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, is enabling Tait to grow and to deliver tangible benefits to government agencies, such as Sao Paulo.”

Tait has more than 1,300 suppliers within New Zealand, with half of those based in Christchurch. Tait also has a service and support facility in Houston, Texas and recently added the city of San Luis Obispo, California to its client list.

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