PCE rolls out digital radio solution for Somerset West Businesses Against Crime

Premier Communication Electronics (PCE) has won the contract to provide more than 200 radios to Somerset West Businesses Against Crime (SWBAC).

The partnership provides security and community safety solutions to help reduce crime against businesses in Brean, Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Highbridge and Taunton.

Members of SWBAC share information on current trends and offender photographs while intelligence is also passed on to Avon & Somerset Constabulary. The partnership uses radios to transmit and receive live communications of known or suspected offenders and their movements. These communications are also monitored on a 24/7 basis by CCTV.

PCE, based in Exeter to serve the South West, has been commissioned to initiate the migration of SWBAC from its current analogue system to a partnership-wide digital solution.

The first phase has already deployed at the Hankridge Farm Retail Park in Taunton to help control crime levels in the area. To complement the new system, a PC-based dispatch terminal has been installed to record and monitor all voice traffic.

PCE will be working on the other four areas once the Taunton area has switched over to digital Motorola MOTOtrbo radios.

Karen Langley, PCE Managing Director, said: “This is quite a complex job in that it involves multiple repeater sites and ADSL connectivity yet was executed by our highly trained engineers supplemented with their local knowledge of the surrounding areas.  This solution will ensure SWBAC has the coverage it needs and that all parties can link to the CCTV control in Bridgwater.”

“The upgrade to a digital solution will give SWBAC clearer audio quality, improved security and privacy, and above all better coverage. The benefit of this particular digital solution will prevent the criminal element from scanning the analogue frequencies to listen in on the reporting of their own activities.  We look forward to seeing the improvements the solution provides to SWBAC in its fight against crime in the area.”

Andy Sharman, SWBAC co-ordinator said: “Mission-critical communications are vital in helping us do the work we carry out in the community to keep it safe. With PCE, you know you are working with a reputable supplier that has delivered nothing but exceptional customer service throughout.”

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