Transport Scotland rolls out WAVE PTX radios

Infrastructure support service Amey has deployed a combination of Motorola’s push-to-talk WAVE PTX radios and dispatch software, as part of a new long-term contract with Transport Scotland.

According to Amey, the contract is in relation to the “management, maintenance and improvement of 600km of motorways and trunk roads across south-west Scotland”.

The Motorola Wave PTX product provides PTT communications across two-way radios and smartphones, using available 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi networks. Transport Scotland said that the system was “essential” to keep mobile fleets and office-based staff in contact.

Nick Russell, severe weather manager at Amey, said: “We were happy to deploy a WAVE PTX platform. [When teams are out] in heavy snow, they’ve been able to hear where each other are and where team members are struggling, without having to coordinate via a control room.

“This means they can respond to incidents quickly and effectively, for a more coordinated response and an increase in team productivity. The teams feel comfortable using the system and they always get a good signal, wherever they are, however remote!”

In addition, Amey’s fleet of gritters will also use Motorola's ruggedised TLK 100 radios, which - according to the company - come with a European data roaming SIM installed.

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