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Digital radios deliver event communication solutions

Digital radios deliver event communication solutions
March 12, 2014

The P.A. People and the Orion Network have combined to bring affordable multi-site and intercity two-way radio communication to the events industry.

In an industry-changing move, Australia's leading event communications supplier The P.A. People has partnered with Australia's number one digital two-way radio network, Orion - to bring Motorola's MOTOTRBO technology to the events industry.

For the first time, the combination of The P.A. People communications experience and the reach and flexibility of the Orion network means deeply integrated, multi-site two-way communications are finally within the budgets of short-term events.

The P.A. People has been granted access via IP to Orion's network, allowing them to patch any and all radio channels through digital matrix keystations. This enables any control room or production centre in Australia to monitor any channel of radio, from any site, at any time. Only The P.A. People has the unique capability to utilise the Orion network in this way.

The P.A. People Managing Director Chris Dodds explains "we can now offer these services to customers on a single site, multiple metropolitan sites, or interstate.

"This means a Sydney-based production manager can be solving problems in Melbourne and Perth simultaneously by monitoring the traffic on their radio; something that is not practical on a mobile phone."

The Orion Network is powered by MOTOTRBO Connect Plus, which as Orion Managing Director Hamish Duff explains "makes it easier to do outdoor events."

Duff adds "Orion is delighted to partner with The P.A. People - assisting in bringing event communications to new and wider audiences.

"The people behind Orion are radio specialists and their wealth of experience is unmatched - which means the strength and resilience of the network is delivered on the ground, with assurance."

The P.A. People's fleet of Motorola DP4801 radios have already been tested and deployed on several large-scale, multi-site urban events, such as Sydney New Year's Eve and Chinese New Year Celebrations, and the massive St Kilda Festival, which draws over 300,000 people to sites across the Melbourne bayside suburb.

The Motorola DP4801 was chosen for its durability in event conditions and its features such as; intelligent audio that automatically adjusts volume according to conditions, text message support, and a large, easy to navigate full-colour screen with excellent low and bright light readability that can be customised to display event logos. Orion's industry-leading network covers all major capital cities in Australia, with comprehensive redundancy and back-ups to ensure that any event continues seamlessly if a site failure occurs. Future developments slated for Orion include GPS tracking - ideal for advanced touring personnel and multisite, multistage events.

The P.A. People Manager - Event Communications Matt Kirby concludes "our speciality is understanding the requirements of events-based users and using the Orion network in the appropriate way to deliver high performance.

"It's great to be able to offer this new generation of product and service to our extensive portfolio of event communication solutions."

For more information contact The P.A. People on 02 8755 8700.

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