The London-based rugby club, which has been crowned rugby union’s Premiership champions for the past two seasons, uses two way radio as an integral part of its match day communications for first team coaching and support staff.
As well as being used by the physio and medical teams to relay messages between the pitch, touchline and treatment rooms, two way radios are also a crucial tool used by coaches to communicate as they watch games unfold from different vantage points around the ground.
The club already used Vitai 8800 licensed radios during matches. However, staff were finding important messages could get lost at busy times when lots of users were on the network. In the heat of a big game, they wanted a system which allowed them to manage channels and prioritise what messages could get through.
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We recommended Saracens upgrade from their existing analogue system to digital handheld radios, and accordingly supplied a fleet of Hytera PD405 and Hytera PD665 digital radios.
The PD405 is a slim design non-display model which provides high quality audio and additional digital features such as text messaging and VOX voice activation. As a dual function analogue and digital handset, it is often considered an ideal stepping stone into digital two way radio. We supplied this easy to use, straightforward model for the physio and medical teams.
For the senior coaching staff, we recommended the PD665 for its broader range of advanced features. Similar in its sleek, lightweight design to the PD405, this display radio comes with advanced audio features and the option to make group or individual calls, making it easier to ensure the right messages get through to the right people.
We also programmed the PD665’s with a feature called Push-to-Talk (PTT) Interrupt. This provides an override system, so if a user has an urgent message which needs to get through to everyone, PTT Interrupt will prioritise to interrupt calls already in progress.
Finally, we recommended the club had a Simple UK license. A Simple UK license provides specific frequencies for the license holder to use, reducing the risk of interference from other users like you get with unlicensed radios. However, unlike a Technically Assigned license, a Simple UK license means two way radios can be used anywhere within the UK. This meant that Saracens would be able to use the Hytera radios at away matches as well as at the Allianz Stadium, and use them at their training ground too.
For the past 40 years, Brentwood Communications has been supplying two way radios to businesses and organisations of every type imaginable. Professional sports clubs, festival organisers, security services, transport operatives, factories, warehouses, retail parks, leisure centres – you name it, we have worked with them. We pride ourselves on making sure every two way radio network we supply fits the individual needs of our clients, and have a peerless reputation for what we do.
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