Brentwood recently completed a major installation at the Queen’s Hospital in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire. This project demonstrated the power of the latest multi-site digital trunking systems as we created a network spanning three core areas of the hospital site.
The hospital, which is operated by the Burton Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust, uses two way radios for all staff, with the main users being porters and the estates department.
The hospital operated an existing fleet of Motorola DP3601 digital handheld radios on a single site Motorola Capacity Plus system. Capacity Plus is a piece of trunking software which increases the number of individual radios able to operate on a system simultaneously without purchasing licenses for extra frequencies.
While this Capacity Plus system was useful for handling busy call traffic, it only covered the hospital’s main building.
What staff really needed, especially those who work across the whole site, was a larger network which would allow them to use their radios on the move across a larger area.
Having worked with Burton Hospital before, we were very pleased to be contacted again and asked what the possibilities were. We recommended an upgrade from single site Capacity Plus to Linked Capacity Plus software. Linked Capacity Plus uses digital repeater units in different locations to effectively create extended two way radio networks from smaller individual ones.
Once trust management agreed to these proposals, we installed Motorola SLR5500 Repeaters in four locations – two in the hospital main building, one in the basement, and one in the treatment centre. Once configured with the Linked Capacity Plus software, these four repeaters were joined together to create one giant network spanning the core areas of the hospital.
Along with the repeaters and the Capacity Plus software, we also supplied a new fleet of Motorola DP4800e digital handsets. The DP4800e is Motorola’s flagship digital model; feature rich, powerful and robust, with a wide range of in-built safety alert, data connection and communication functions. We also set up the existing DP3601 radios the hospital had to work on the Linked Capacity Plus system, along with a handful of Motorola SL4000 digital radios we had sold to them previously.
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