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September 18, 20192 min read

Introduction to Unified Critical Communications: Tait Radio Academy


The Tait Radio Academy is a free training resource, providing foundational education on a wide range of critical communications topics.  From basic radio awareness to Industrial Control Systems, there is a range of material for people in both technical and non-technical roles.

Communications have never been more important than they are today.  Businesses, public safety, utilities, and other enterprises rely on communications being available all the time.  Historically, this simply meant having a reliable Radio Network.  People could communicate with voice, and that was enough.  But not anymore.

Today, organizations are exploring and using LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth®, and many other data paths to connect their people for safer, more efficient workforces.  But how can these different bearers work together?  Will this make communications simpler or more complicated?  How can Unified Communications actually help your organization?

These and many other questions are answered in the newest Tait Radio Academy course, Introduction to Unified Critical Communications.

Lesson 1: What is Unified Critical Communications?

Odds are, you’ve heard the term Unified Critical Communications.  In this lesson, you’ll watch four videos that explore how it’s revolutionizing communications and the advantages it brings.

AT&T estimates that there are roughly ten million LMR radios worldwide, of which 40% can be classified as ‘critical’ communications users.  While LMR still dominates the market, people are also using mobile phones, tablets, smart devices, and cameras to stream video, automate asset tracking, perform mapping, run real time data analytics, monitor health status and other advanced functions.  The difference is data.  New technologies can deliver lots of data – fast.  And more data means more capabilities.

Open standards for connectivity have led to the development of a wide variety of specialized devices aimed at professional users.  It is not uncommon to see a policeman with a P25 radio, Bluetooth microphone, tablet, cellphone, and wearable camera (with maybe more comms equipment such as an MDT in the car).  This is the flourishing beginning of Unified Critical Communications.

Begin Introduction to Unified Critical Communications with Lesson 1 here.

In further lessons, here is what you can expect:

Lesson 2: How to Choose the Right Communication Bearers

Trying to decide which forms of communication are right for your organization?  In this lesson, you’ll look at the pros and cons of LMR, WiFi, Satellite, and LTE.

Lesson 3: What is the Future of LTE?

The LTE standards suite continues to evolve and improve the technology.  LTE already offers a lot of great benefits to users, but what does the future hold for mission critical organizations?

Lesson 4: The Benefits of Unified Critical Communications

In this lesson, you’ll explore the generic benefits of Unified Critical Communications and then apply those benefits to specific industries that rely on critical communications.


So be sure to check out the new course to understand this rapidly advancing form of critical communications.


Register for the Tait Radio academy here to unlock several benefits such as access to quizzes, downloadable study guides, the ability to join our Discussion Group on LinkedIn, and more.


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