Upgrade To Icom Digital Trunking Cements Communication

Upgrade To Icom Digital Trunking Cements Communication

Ralph Clayton & Sons operates 10 concrete plants in central, southern and northern New Jersey. Their existing low band simplex radio system was no longer serving their needs. They also wanted privacy. Icom's IDAS digital radio system was able to meet their needs.

Commpaths replaced hundreds of analog radios with Icom F6061D UHF digital radios. The radios were custom installed in the overhead console of the concrete delivery trucks, service vehicles, and at batch plants and dispatch offices. Commpaths supplied custom made mounting brackets for the UHF and GPS antennas mounted on the trucks.

The radios at each of the plants was replaced with a FR6200 UHF repeater station with network interface cards. Two to three repeaters in each region were then connected via the network so one dispatcher could direct deliveries over a wide area. Two auxiliary receivers were linked to one of the repeaters via the network to provide coverage to delivery trucks in low lying areas.

When asked how the system was performing, Clayton's CIO, Scott Milne, said: “Our ICOM radio network has proven to be a top performer. When compared to other systems in the same space it's proven to have been an excellent choice, without question – it’s an extremely reliable and affordable system to operate. Overall we're very happy with the implementation. Commpaths technical expertise has helped us realize the full potential of an IP connected radio network and has allowed us to cut licensing, hardware and maintenance costs. Commpaths and ICOM are great partners - Highly recommended..”.