A digital PMR system has revolutionized on-site communications

So i found this post on the internet and i heard that just posting it like a whole article isn’t the right thing, I got consent from the original author and read up the way to curate content, so that is it…….i thought this was interesting as it highlights some of the highs and lows that I encountered when i was working in the business.

The historic brewery where Guinness stout is produced. A day trip to Dublin gave Richard Lambley an opportunity to explore.

Occupying 63 acres of land on the south side of the Liffey, the St James’s Gate Brewery, home of Guinness, has been a part of Dublin’s history for more than 250 years. Crammed into this site, not far from the city centre, are some 52 buildings ancient and
modern. Representing the gradual evolution of production methods as new facilities have been established over the years and older ones have fallen into disuse, they range from elegant eighteenth-century offices, laboratories and warehouse buildings to modern glass and
steel structures, including facilities such as modern experimental brewery. There’s even an underground reservoir. For the general public, the big attraction is the Guinness Storehouse, a visitor centre dedicated to the history and making of the famous
dark brew. Its seven storeys, modelled inside in the shape of a giant pint glass, are topped by a gallery offering spectacular views across the brewery site and the city itself. In the working part of the brewery, on-site
communications are provided by a Kenwood Nexedge digital PMR system. This equipment, replacing an earlier analogue installation, is the work of the Dublin-based PMR A digital PMR system has revolutionized on-site communications at Ireland’s
most celebrated industrial location – the historic brewery where Guinness stout is produced. A day trip to Dublin gave Richard Lambley an opportunity to explore Dark secrets supplier BP Multipage – whose customer,
both at the brewery and at other Irish sites operated by Guinness’s owner, the drinks giant Diageo, is the security company G4S. “We look after their interests in relation to PMR”, explains Philip Pratt, of BP Multipage.
“They’ve come up with a number of different projects that we’ve worked with them on, and we also look after their own equipment. They have a mixture of various different manufacturers’ equipment. In the main it would be
Kenwood, because we are the distributors here in Ireland for Kenwood. But we also import Motorola products.”

On the Guinness brewery site, the Nexedge system supports some 55 radios, from a mobile installed in the private ambulance to the handportables carried by security staff and maintenance workers. These are managed
from a central control room at the brewery, where we meet Darragh McNicholas, contract services manager for G4S. Darragh points to a map on the wall which shows the complexity of the crowded site, hinting of fearsome radio
coverage problems. The site is sliced through by a busy main road, with tunnels beneath to link the two parts. “At the moment you’re standing here”, Darragh says, indicating the spot with a finger.
“There’s a fire station up here and you came in at this gate over here. We have a whole other “Product comes in up here and it’s roasted, fired down a pipe by compressed air to the brewhouse which is just over here”, he continues,
his finger tracing paths across the map. “Then it goes from the brewhouse, here, underground to the fermentation plant down here. And that’s our kegging line here. And we also have a tank station over here, because the Guinness extract is
exported all over the world for canning.” On the control desk, twin screens display the status of 2 Way Radios connected to the Nexedge system (this would include any alarms or mandown alerts), and a bank of CCTV monitors
behind presents an overall view of activity across the site. Four talkgroups are currently in use on the radio system.

Kenwood’s dispatcher software also allows text messages to be typed at the keyboard – and although this facility is not yet in use, Darragh foresees a future for it as a quick method of exchanging updates without tying
up the radio channel. In addition, the software records a complete activity history, showing who has called whom, with time and date stamps. If there is an emergency, a red warning will flash on the
screen, indicating the number of the person who is in trouble. The microphone on the calling two Way Radio will then go live. G4S has worked as a contractor at the brewery for more than two years, but Darragh
received a compelling reminder of the critical importance of communications when a fire at the lager plant damaged the old radio system. “When that happened, power was shut off”, Tracks still lying in the roadways are a relic of the narrow-gauge goods railway which
once served the 63-acre site. A tunnel, still in use, led them under the street outside he recalls. “It went in the flaking plant as well, and the system didn’t survive it, as such. We ended up with very, very poor radio communication,
and we were very badly exposed on site from applications point of view. “Coverage around site had been difficult anyway. A lot of the buildings are metal and there’s liquid, which radio signals don’t like.”
What, then, was the reason for switching to digital? Darragh says the requirement was simply for a good system. “We had a good look around to see what was out there and what was the best fit for us”, he explains.
“And we were willing to spend the money on it. But there was all the additional stuff that it would give us – the lone worker, the man-down system as well. And there was stuff down along the line that we may be able to
tap into, such as PABX [interconnect] and that sort of thing.”

Furthermore, he adds, what works in Dublin could also be repeated at other G4S sites in Ireland, and within other Diageo plants too. The systems could even be interconnected, if required. But even on its own, the digital radio system
at Guinness, with its improved coverage of the site, has been a revolutionary improvement, in Darragh’s opinion. “It’s savage, it’s by a busy main road, with tunnels beneath to link the two parts.
“At the moment you’re standing here”, Darragh says, indicating the spot with a finger. “There’s a fire station up here and you came in at this gate over here. We have a whole other site on the other side of the road.
“Product comes in up here and it’s roasted, fired down a pipe by compressed air to the brewhouse which is just over here”, he continues, his finger tracing paths across the map. “Then it goes from the brewhouse, here, underground
to the fermentation plant down here. And that’s our kegging line here. And we also have a tank station over here, because the Guinness extract is exported all over the world for canning.” On the control desk, twin screens display
the status of radios connected to the Nexedge system (this would include any alarms or mandown alerts), and a bank of CCTV monitors behind presents an overall view of activity across the site. Four talkgroups are currently
in use on the 2 way radio system. Kenwood’s dispatcher software also allows text messages to be typed at the keyboard – and although this facility is not yet in use, Darragh foresees a future for it as a quick
method of exchanging updates without tying up the radio channel.

In addition, the software records a complete activity history, showing who has called whom, with time and date stamps. If there is an emergency, a red warning will flash on the screen, indicating the number of the person
who is in trouble. The microphone on the calling radio will then go live. G4S has worked as a contractor at the brewery for more than two years, but Darragh received a compelling reminder of the critical
importance of communications when a fire at the lager plant damaged the old radio system. “When that happened, power was shut off”, Tracks still lying in the roadways are a relic of the narrow-gauge goods railway which
once served the 63-acre site. A tunnel, still in use, led them under the street outside he recalls. “It went in the flaking plant as well, and the system didn’t survive it, as such. We ended up with very, very poor radio communication,
and we were very badly exposed on site from applications point of view. “Coverage around site had been difficult anyway. A lot of the buildings are metal and there’s liquid, which radio signals don’t like.”
What, then, was the reason for switching to digital? Darragh says the requirement was simply for a good system. “We had a good look around to see what was out there and “And we were willing to spend the money
on it. But there was all the additional stuff that it would give us – the lone worker, the man-down system as well. And there was stuff down along the line that we may be able to tap into, such as PABX [interconnect] and
that sort of thing.”

Furthermore, he adds, what works in Dublin could also be repeated at other G4S sites in Ireland, and within other Diageo plants too. The systems could even be interconnected, if required. But even on its own, the digital radio system
at Guinness, with its improved coverage of the site, has been a revolutionary improvement, in Darragh’s opinion. “It’s savage, it’s

by a busy main road, with tunnels beneath to link the two parts. “At the moment you’re standing here”, Darragh says, indicating the spot with a finger. “There’s a fire station up here and you came in
at this gate over here. We have a whole other site on the other side of the road. “Product comes in up here and it’s roasted, fired down a pipe by compressed air to the brewhouse which is just over here”, he continues,
his finger tracing paths across the map. “Then it goes from the brewhouse, here, underground to the fermentation plant down here. And that’s our kegging line here. And we also have a tank station over here, because the Guinness extract is
exported all over the world for canning.” On the control desk, twin screens display the status of radios connected to the Nexedge system (this would include any alarms or mandown alerts), and a bank of CCTV monitors
behind presents an overall view of activity across the site. Four talkgroups are currently in use on the radio system. Kenwood’s dispatcher software also allows text messages to be typed at the keyboard –
and although this facility is not yet in use, Darragh foresees a future for it as a quick method of exchanging updates without tying up the radio channel. In addition, the software records a complete
activity history, showing who has called whom, with time and date stamps. If there is an emergency, a red warning will flash on the screen, indicating the number of the person who is in trouble. The microphone on the
calling Walkie Talkie will then go live. G4S has worked as a contractor at the brewery for more than two years, but Darragh received a compelling reminder of the critical importance of communications when a fire at
the lager plant damaged the old radio system. “When that happened, power was shut off”, Tracks still lying in the roadways are a relic of the narrow-gauge goods railway which once served the 63-acre site. A tunnel, still in use, led them under the street outside
he recalls. “It went in the flaking plant as well, and the system didn’t survive it, as such. We ended up with very, very poor radio communication, and we were very badly exposed on site from applications point of view.
“Coverage around site had been difficult anyway. A lot of the buildings are metal and there’s liquid, which radio signals don’t like.” What, then, was the reason for switching to digital? Darragh says the requirement was
simply for a good system. “We had a good look around to see what was out there and what was the best fit for us”, he explains. “And we were willing to spend the money on it. But there was all the additional stuff
that it would give us – the lone worker, the man-down system as well. And there was stuff down along the line that we may be able to tap into, such as PABX [interconnect] and that sort of thing.”
Furthermore, he adds, what works in Dublin could also be repeated at other G4S sites in Ireland, and within other Diageo plants too. The systems could even be interconnected, if required.

But even on its own, the digital radio system at Guinness, with its improved coverage of the site, has been a revolutionary improvement, in Darragh’s opinion. “It’s savage, it’s by a busy main road, with tunnels beneath to
link the two parts. “At the moment you’re standing here”, Darragh says, indicating the spot with a finger. “There’s a fire station up here and you came in at this gate over here. We have a whole other
site on the other side of the road. “Product comes in up here and it’s roasted, fired down a pipe by compressed air to the brewhouse which is just over here”, he continues, his finger tracing paths across the map. “Then
it goes from the brewhouse, here, underground to the fermentation plant down here. And that’s our kegging line here. And we also have a tank station over here, because the Guinness extract is
exported all over the world for canning.” On the control desk, twin screens display the status of radios connected to the Nexedge system (this would include any alarms or mandown alerts), and a bank of CCTV monitors
behind presents an overall view of activity across the site. Four talkgroups are currently in use on the radio system. Kenwood’s dispatcher software also allows text messages to be typed at the keyboard –
and although this facility is not yet in use, Darragh foresees a future for it as a quick method of exchanging updates without tying up the radio channel.

In addition, the software records a complete activity history, showing who has called whom, with time and date stamps. If there is an emergency, a red warning will flash on the screen, indicating the number of the person
who is in trouble. The microphone on the calling radio will then go live. G4S has worked as a contractor at the brewery for more than two years, but Darragh received a compelling reminder of the critical
importance of communications when a fire at the lager plant damaged the old radio system. “When that happened, power was shut off”, Tracks still lying in the roadways are a relic of the narrow-gauge goods railway which
once served the 63-acre site. A tunnel, still in use, led them under the street outside he recalls. “It went in the flaking plant as well, and the system didn’t survive it, as such. We ended up with very, very poor radio communication,
and we were very badly exposed on site from applications point of view. “Coverage around site had been difficult anyway. A lot of the buildings are metal and there’s liquid, which radio signals don’t like.”
What, then, was the reason for switching to digital? Darragh says the requirement was simply for a good system. “We had a good look around to see what was out there and what was the best fit for us”, he explains.
“And we were willing to spend the money on it. But there was all the additional stuff that it would give us – the lone worker, the man-down system as well. And there was stuff down along the line that we may be able to
tap into, such as PABX [interconnect] and that sort of thing.”

Furthermore, he adds, what works in Dublin could also be repeated at other G4S sites in Ireland, and within other Diageo plants too. The systems could even be interconnected, if required. But even on its own, the digital radio system
at Guinness, with its improved coverage of the site, has been a revolutionary improvement, in Darragh’s opinion. “It’s savage, it’s

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