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February 2006 - The Logging and Sawmilling Journal

 

TECH UPDATE

COMMUNICATION GEAR

TECH UPDATE EDITOR: DIANE METTLER

BK Two-Way Radio

BK Two-Way Radio has been a supplier of two-way radio products and services to end users in the central Interior of British Columbia for over 20 years. It strives to keep up with the constant advances in wireless technology including two-way, satellite phones, cell phones, PDA’s and many other wireless devices.

Satellite service is available through a satellite provider—Fleet Management System—which enables companies to fully utilize their equipment and personnel by providing relevant real-time information to everyone on a management team. Highly skilled satellite aligned companies are now offering low-cost satellitebased asset tracking systems through dealers like BK Two-Way Radio.

Radio over IP is now commonplace. A radio user can key up the mic simply using the PTT method and talk directly to another live radio anywhere in the world, once the signal path has been established. This can provide an incredibly valuable service to those in need of this type of flexibility.

Telemetry technology today is a wireless system involving two-way radios that can be easily installed at a fraction of yesterday’s cost, and with considerably more reliability. It will not only monitor the situation miles away, but will relay alarms via telephone or the Internet, and also allow technicians to turn equipment on and off remotely.

www.bktwoway.ca

Tsunami Solutions Ltd

Over 100 major corporations and government organizations have discovered the SafetyLine Safety Monitoring Service and are now monitoring thousands of employees who work alone.

The company says that SafetyLine has proven itself to be the best solution, as it is said to be both more reliable and less costly than alternative solutions. While the low cost and high effectiveness of the system are good reasons to subscribe to the SafetyLine solution, SafetyLine has also been engineered for fast and simple field operations, allowing a field worker to report his/her status and location in under 20 seconds.

The SafetyLine product is an IVR (Interactive Voice Response - like voicemail) system, which is used to monitor employees who work or travel alone. The SafetyLine automated Lone Worker Monitoring service uses telephony, internet, GPS and Man Down technologies to provide the most reliable and affordable 24/7/365 solution for companies and government organizations to meet both the regulatory and moral obligations of protecting employees who work or travel alone.

www.tsunamisolutionsltd.com

Glentel Inc

Glentel Inc has been a leading supplier of engineered wireless solutions throughout North America for over 40 years. For personnel working in remote locations, Glentel supplies wireless communications through its cellular, radio, satellite and hybrid systems products. The company offers choices of CDMA, GPRS, and digital data products in the cellular arena, along with analog “bag phones” and power boosters for greater coverage. The company-owned terrestrial radio systems offer wide area coverage for immediate dispatch communication in emergencies. When people are working outside previously mentioned coverage areas, they can use the company’s threein- one Globalstar satellite phones throughout North America. These Globalstar phones offer digital (CDMA), analog and satellite numbers, all in the same phone.

Glentel can also provide hybrid systems linking satellite and radio products, where required, as well as Scada monitoring systems. And the company offers choices in engineered solutions for remote worker communications.

www.glentel.com

Globalstar and Safety-Star

Safety-Star works from anywhere that is covered by Globalstar satellites and can help the forestry industry meet the ever-growing range of “work-alone” regulations, according to the company. Forestry workers who are working alone initiate a “PANIC” request by depressing a button on a small remote control fob in a process similar to unlocking the doors of a truck. The system includes a timer that automatically initiates a “PANIC” condition if the worker stops moving. The logging industry user can adjust this setting based on individual needs.

Safety-Star sends a distress message through the Globalstar satellite network to the previously assigned call centre(s). The message includes a location fix on a map and a detailed screen with pre-set instructions on who to contact when a person does not reset the Safety-Star within the allotted time. Working alone regulations have put increased pressure on large and small enterprises to ensure the safety of their lone workers. Through a partnership with Globalstar, the company is able to provide a dependable solution that helps deliver a “work alone” solution to meet government requirements while remaining affordable.

www.safety-star.com

Talkie Tooter Canada Ltd

Talkie Tooter Canada now manufactures and markets the Rothenbuhler Engineering 1664 Remote Firing Device. This firing device is being used effectively in mines, quarries and road building. The blaster can safely activate either electric caps or non-electric tubing. Security is accomplished with many built-in safe guards and redundancies. Three unique digital codes are used for arming, disarming and firing. The automatic two-minute disarm feature provides another level of security and safety. The company has found that in most surface mines this device pays for itself within weeks and it improves safety and efficiency. In other words, companies have a safety device that actually has good cost advantages to help justify it.

The blaster soon realizes the safety and efficiency of using this machine when employees can observe the blast from a secure location. They are not only able to see the blast, but they can see the fragmentation efficiency.

They can observe whether the holes are being loaded correctly. In this case, the blaster can also observe the blast area for intrusions or problems.

www.talkietooter.ca

Telus

Autotel is Telus Mobility’s wide-area mobile radiotelephone service. Autotel units are not as small or as portable as a cellular phone, but the functionality is similar. Autotel reaches areas that cell phones cannot as the network provides wireless mobility to many of BC’s remote areas and travel routes. It is ideally suited for people who live or work in remote, rural or marine areas. It has a large coverage footprint, which provides service throughout BC, concentrating on the rural and remote areas of Vancouver Island, the BC Coast up to Prince Rupert and Masset, the Interior and central BC. Autotel has a strong commercial client base, including the following industries: forestry, logging, trucking, fishing, oil.

Autotel service is divided geographically into Mobile Service Areas (MSA’s). The Autotel mobile telephone is assigned a telephone number in the area closest to the area of interest. There is no automatic handoff with Autotel, and as the user moves from MSA to MSA, they must “sign in” the unit to receive incoming calls in the new location. This is a usage-based system with a monthly access fee, per minute rate and long distance charges. Optional services include call forwarding and voice mail options.

www.telusmobility.com

Sirius Canada

Sirius Canada’s premium satellite radio service—which
began broadcasting as of December 1, 2005—features 100 channels of music, entertainment, sports and information.

The company says it will offer Canadians the most channels, the best variety and the highest quality of coverage among Canadian satellite radio providers. It is waiving its activation fee for the first 50,000 subscribers and offering a low one-time activation fee. Channels include: 60 music stations; sports coverage; a dozen news channels; 10 stations dedicated to talk and entertainment; as well as 10 Canadian channels.

Sirius has three satellites in a unique figure-eight orbit, with the most extensive satellite footprint in North America, according to the company. The orbit optimizes the reception and coverage quality for listeners anywhere in Canada. The company offers two different models: the Sirius One and Starmate. The simplified design of the Sirius One makes it a good choice for those wanting the easiest way to get Sirius satellite radio in their vehicle. The Starmate features a plug-and-play capability that lets users easily transfer the device from a vehicle to the home with the Sirius Home Kit. Additional products will be added, including the Sportster Replay and portable boombox.

www.siriuscanada.ca

XM Canada

XM Canada, a Canadian satellite radio leader in commercial- free music and NHL games coverage, is now offering Canadians a choice in quality entertainment and the freedom to listen to commercial-free music, leading sports, news and talk when they want, where they want.

XM Canada is delivering a lineup of digital-quality commercial- free music appealing to wide-ranging music tastes—from jazz and blues and a complete spectrum of classical and country to Latin vibes, dance/electronica, state-of-the-art new and classic rock and Christian.

Canadian hockey fans can cheer their favorite teams across the country with NHL play-by-play game coverage of more than 40 games per week and 1,000 games per season. XM will become the exclusive satellite radio home of the National Hockey League beginning with the 2007/2008 season. The music and sports coverage are in addition to exclusive live performances by leading artists, French and English channels, award-winning programming and entertainment and headlines news.

www.xmradio.ca

ICOM

ICOM’s F50/F60 is the first waterproof radio in its class, according to the company. The new F50/F60 series portables are waterproof to JIS-7 rating. This small package is said to pack a punch, with up to 128 channels available, full band coverage on either VHF or UHF and SDM (Short Data Messaging) text messaging available with the BIIS 1200 protocol.

The F50/F60’s rugged design and myriad of features combine to create the ultimate handheld radio, says the company. They are designed for those working outside who experience demanding weather conditions. They are now available in an Intrinsically Safe version for hazardous environments.

www.icomcanada.com

Kenwood Electronics
Canada Inc

Kenwood is a world class, ISO 9001 manufacturer of low band, VHF, UHF, 800 and 900 MHz radio communication equipment including base stations, trunking systems, AVL/GPS systems and accessories. Some models—including the TK- 7180/8180 mobile and TK-2180/3180 portable radio—feature Kenwood’s exclusive FleetSync protocol, and the mobile is GPS capable with an optional module.

Third-party software is available for use when the product is equipped with GPS directly from licensed Kenwood vendors, allowing for quick and easy tracking of assets and individual location.

Personnel can indicate emergency situations with the push of a button, setting off an emergency message and location (with GPS option installed), should the user encounter difficulties.

The TK-2180/3180 has recently been approved for CSA Intrinsically Safe Class I, Div 1, Groups C and D; Class II, Division 1, Groups E, F, and G; Class III Division 1; Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C and D non-incentive. Both products are capable of receiving 48-character text messages and sending predefined messages and are cost-effective solutions for on-site communication requirements.

They are rugged, dependable, and user friendly. All of Kenwood’s transceivers are backed by the company’s exclusive two-year warranty.

www.kenwood.ca


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