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RRDS project has testing covered
Engineers from the Regional Radio Dispatch Service (RRDS) project team are currently developing equipment to test the coverage of CFA’s new digital radio network.
The testing will validate the radio coverage defined in the contract with Telstra for the provision of the RRDS network.
Two vehicles fitted with customised radio and test equipment will work their way through each district over coming months, covering around 20,000km in the process. They will pass nearly 1,200 locations including every brigade location, coastguard, FIBs and designated high risk sites, cross over into the bordering regions in South Australia and New South Wales, and even take to the waters of Bass Strait.
The equipment will measure radio performance by taking 163 million samples of radio transmissions.
RRDS Engineering Manager Derek Dawkins is overseeing the planning of the drive test process. “In each district, a local observer will be able to join the crew and assist with local knowledge of the roads and brigade locations. The crew will also make test calls from each brigade location through to a test dispatch console at HQ in Burwood East,” Derek said.
“Additionally, the teams will photograph every key location they visit with a GPS camera, contributing a valuable update to CFA’s database of station information.”
The testing process will enable CFA to verify that Telstra meets its requirements, before accepting the service for each District. An analysis and report will be prepared for each district and district management will have the opportunity to consider this report in the lead-up to district transition.
The drive testing is scheduled to start in October 2013. Look out for updates from the team from out on the road as they work their way around Victoria.