Radlink is an industry leader in the provision of analogue and advanced digital radio communications networks to multiple industrial sectors, including mining, oil and gas, rail, shipping and utilities.
Radlink's communications engineers and technicians design, supply, install, commission, service and maintain the latest radio technologies. The company's extensive client list includes Atlas Iron, BHP Billiton, CITIC Pacific, FMG, Rio Tinto, Chevron and Woodside, as well as FESA, Surf Lifesaving WA, CSBP and CBH.
Radlink has offices in Perth, Western Australia and Brisbane, Queensland, employing more than 120 communications professionals and support staff.
Radlink's TETRA solution is a 100% digital IP-based network, offering architectural security while providing flexibility. IP is an approved, recognised, high-speed network technology, which allows integration of hardware and software programmes with a shared interface anywhere in the network.
Both voice conversations and data packages can be simultaneously sent on a TETRA network, allowing one solution to cater to any mission-critical task at a modern industrial site.
Some radio communication companies are allied to a single supplier that locks customers into proprietary equipment and contracts. Radlink is proud to be independent, as it allows the company to evaluate and supply a variety of competing brands. This enables the company to custom-design networks that are best-suited to customers' needs, without being limited by choice of equipment, radio standards, software or technology.
Part of the Radlink group is Beyond Voice Radio, research and development (R&D) engineers with one goal of creating leading products that give customers the most from their TETRA systems.
By taking advantage of the time division multiple access slots in a 25Khz band, data can be packaged and sent concurrently with voice transmissions in rapid time. The data packets are ideal for telemetry monitoring and control of equipment in the field, allowing all mine assets to be monitored remotely.
With the advent of remote operations centres, telemetry greatly reduces the hazards people face in harsh, outback environments. Radlink has engineered a powerful, computerised SCADA RTU module that can process input and output data, and allow it to transmit seamlessly in a TETRA network. The BVR5000 is the first development by the Beyond Voice Radio engineers.
The design of the BVR5000 controller results in an all-purpose module built for communications with many different tools and applications. The stand-alone product can readily communicate over radio networks but is not tied to a specific system.
The BVR5000 controller can be used in conjunction with existing field equipment, requiring minimum changes for a unified system. It is also programmable, allowing the user to design their own HMI or to take the monitoring process beyond the transferring of SCADA and telemetry data. As a result, the BVR controller's application uses are limited only by the creativity of the user.
Short data applications (SDAs) are like applications (apps) on a smartphone. The Sepura radio can be used the same way as a smartphone and apps have been created to help users gain the most functionality from the system. For example, imagine using the capabilities of the built-in GPS on the Sepura handheld radio to recognise when a worker walks or drives into an excluded area defined by a Geofence. A message and alert tone can be automatically sent to warn that worker and check whether or not they can leave the area immediately.
Beyond Voice Radio develops apps to turn old-fashioned paperwork into electronic forms and digital databases such as vehicle pre-start check lists or Take 5 forms. By replacing physical forms, huge amounts of time and money can be saved on every operation.