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12/2013

Maintenance visits to the Central region. Aramac and Winton have received upgrades to the power supplies to handle the longer than normal power outages experienced in the region. These sites can have power outages as long as 6 hours at a time.

Longreach, Blackall and Barcaldine were also visited.

11/2013

Gatton, Boonah and Kalbar picocells have now been added to WBB networks.

MTELPage 2013 is now on trial in Cairns QFRS. This dramatically upgraded suite of programs has been improved to now provide redundant messaging facilities to the Comms Centres. The paging suite will be able to send messages not only locally but also via the WAN to the Springhill and QEOC messaging systems.

The application suite upgrade is the result of 4 months of programming to change the modem applications from serial to TCP connected devices. The move to TCP has increased messaging performance by as much as 30% as the new systems are driven by the speed of the TCP infrastructure.

The new suite is the beginning of further enhancements to the message delivery to the WBB networks. MTELPage 2013 is expected to be rolled out to all Comm's Centres in the first quarter of 2014.

10/2013

The original CD based CDAT 2008 software description has been added to the website.

9/2013

The back office applications running the WBB systems have been increased to include a third computer system as a backup. The feeds to the WBB sites can now be delivered by the internet using a VPN, as well as dual UniMAX wireless interfaces.

The Satellite feed from Hutchison paging and Springhill Metro networks have been added as redundant feeds into the WBB network.

Atherton has been added to the WBB.

8/2013

Bamaga, Forrest Hill and Laidley have been added to the WBB.

 

6/2013

MTEL completed a maintenance run throughout the Far Northern Region. Maintenance runs perform checks on the antenna and transmitter systems, and batteries are replaced in systems were the age of the battery is 4 or more years. 20 sites were visited, nearly all were in excellent condition considering the lashing of two cyclones in the last few years.

In addition 6 sites were upgraded to Wireless Broadband (W2B) front ends. Mt Isa, El Arish, Herberton, Milla Milla, Ravenshoe and Port Douglas. These sites have the new Intelimax modems from Maxon. The site below is Pt Douglas system which is amongst one of the busiest auxiliary system in the state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Far Northern region will benefit from the changes to WBB as the Tablelands have many sites within 20 - 50 kilometers of one another. Messages will be sent by W2B to all picocells in that region therefore Auxiliary Fireman in any of the towns will receive messages. Messages can be delivered within one second from the MTEL operations centre. Once the new links from Firecom centre's to MTEL are established messages will be sent within 2 seconds, compared to 35 seconds under the current system.

5/2013

With the continuing development of the W2B infrastructure MTEL has now established a satellite feed from the 3 Paging network. This will provide W2B paging coverage into the regions outside of the Brisbane metropolitan coverage. It completes the final stage of joining the 3 Paging network with MTEL. The first regions to receive the benefit of increased coverage will be the Far Northern region in June.

4/2013

MTEL completed a maintenance run throughout the western South Coast region. Maintenance runs perform checks on the antenna and transmitter systems, and batteries are replaced in systems were the age of the battery is 4 or more years.

    Sites Maintained: Laidley, Rosewood, Forrest Hill.

3/2013

MTEL completed a maintenance run throughout the western North Coast region. Maintenance runs perform checks on the antenna and transmitter systems. Batteries are replaced and on this run Push Buttons were installed in some sites to allow manual activation of the pagers from the picocell. The push buttons were installed as a result of the January storms and the PSTN network failed for long periods of time rendering the picocell unusable.

    Sites Maintained: Kilkivan, Goomeri, Murgon, Wondai, Wooroolin, Kingaroy, Nanango, Crows Nest.


 

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