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Brentwood’s Integrated Radio Solution for 3 NHS Hospitals

Brentwood were recently asked to provide an integrated radio solution, including safety features, for three NHS hospitals in Clacton, Harwich and Colchester.

The problem was the large hospital sites were located too far apart for conventional radio coverage. So, to achieve an integrated solution we installed a radio system at each hospital and linked them via the internet. This allows radio users to communicate with each other across all three sites by simply changing channel.
The IP connection also allows us to log in remotely and monitor the health of the system at regular intervals.


Brentwood sent their highly qualified engineers to conduct radio trials at the three hospital sites. They concluded that digital radios DP3400 (non-display) and DP3600 (display) by Motorola were the best option in each case. To ensure full coverage of the handheld radios, the engineers boosted the signal transmissions at the sites with a DR3000 repeater and antenna. They used these repeaters to connect the separate radio systems to the internet.


These digital radios employ the latest technology including emergency features. They provide crystal-clear reception at all three sites. The enhanced audio means employees can even use them in noisy areas. Simple to use, the staff can make and receive calls at the touch of a button. The radios are also reliable, robust and water resistant.

With its tri-colour indicator, the DP3400 provides clear, visible feedback. The DP3600 comprises a basic keypad and a two-line display. Senior staff can use the DP3600’s keypad to tap out texts fast. Its display allows them to view menu icons, messages and data. Managers are also able to select individuals they want to talk to privately. Or, they can simply opt to communicate with the whole group.

What’s more, digital radios offer the advantage of enhanced battery life. They are able to operate 40 per cent longer between charges compared to analogue.


The three hospitals improve the health and safety of their employees with Lone Worker. This emergency feature safeguards employees who work away from their team. It informs the senior staff when one of their colleagues is in potential danger. The radio of an employee in trouble evokes an alarm when they do not react to its periodic bleeps. Failure to respond means ‘lone worker’ will alert all display radios at every site. Not only will the owners see the alarm has been activated, but also the identity of the threatened person.

Another safety facility available on Motorola digital radios is Man Down. When enabled, a radio can detect if a worker is injured or unconscious. The radio initiates an alarm as soon as it senses an abnormal vertical tilt, or lack of motion. The alarm is sent to the display radios of senior staff so they can take immediate action.

If your organisation requires two-way, digital radios to improve your communication across large multi-sites – please give us a call on 01245 403520 to discuss your needs

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