Editorial – Since 1980 and the Highways Act 1980 all our highways have been managed by a band of hardworking and diligent workforce. They check and rule all of our roads, motorways and highways to keep them secure and running well. But to do this they need an efficient and effective communication infrastructure that facilitates to do their responsibility carefully and better.
Term contracts awarded for highways maintenance in the UK alone are valued at several hundred £ million each year – all to keep traffic flowing and roads safe for its users.
Vast investments are made in integrated network management, the maintenance and improvement of infrastructure, incident and event management and contingency planning.
Contractors to national, regional and local highways authorities operate with crews situated at depots on and around the highway network they manage, often operating around the clock to carry out planned maintenance and emergency repairs.
The potential logistical problems associated in coordinating plant, equipment, materials and crew to multiple locations has resulted in the widespread adoption of two-way radio communications between command and control centres and their highly mobile teams, often located great distances away.
Kenwood has been delivering its two-way radio solutions to highways maintenance authorities and contractors for many years with hand-held walkie talkies, mobile in-vehicle units and repeater systems.
Since the launch of Kenwood’s NEXEDGE® peer to peer and trunked digital two-way radios and walkie talkie solutions, many clients operating in the highways sector have upgraded to the improved clarity, increased coverage, additional flexibility and enhanced security of NEXEDGE® digital two way radio technology.
Kenwood NEXEDGE® is a fully scalable digital system which can be easily expanded to accommodate more users and groups and extend effective network coverage. Importantly, NEXEDGE® features Mixed Mode, allowing all its hand-portable walkie talkies and mobile in-vehicle units to communicate automatically with existing analogue radios whatever the make; providing the additional benefit of a straightforward and economical migration path to digital technology.
As you would also expect, all NEXEDGE® hand portable walkie talkies conform to MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G for ruggedness and durability and are IP54/55 Water & Dust Intrusion rated, making them ideal in for operating in open environments.
Original source – http://www.nexedgebusiness.co.uk/market_sectors/highway_maintenance