The PA People and Orion network collaborate for multi-site and intercity comms
AUSTRALIA: Australian event communications supplier, The PA People, has partnered with Australia’s digital two-way radio network, Orion, to bring Motorola’s Mototrbo technology to the events industry.
The announcement means that The PA People communications experience and reach, combined with the flexibility of the Orion network allows for deeply integrated, multi-site two-way communications within the budgets of short-term events.
‘We can now offer these services to customers on a single site, multiple metropolitan sites, or interstate,’ said Chris Dodds, managing director of The PA People. ‘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 supplier has been granted access via IP to Orion’s network, allowing them to patch any and all radio channels through digital matrix keystations. This will enable any control room or production centre in Australia to monitor any channel of radio, from any site, at any time. The company is keen to stress that, currently, only The PA People has the capability to utilise the Orion network in this way.
‘The Orion network makes it easier to do outdoor events. Orion is delighted to partner with The PA People - assisting in bringing event communications to new and wider audiences,’ said Hamish Duff, managing director, Orion network. ‘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 PA People’s fleet of Motorola DP4801 radios has 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 St Kilda Festival in Melbourne, which draws over 300,000 people to sites across the bayside suburb.
According to the company, the DP4801 was chosen for its durability in event conditions and its features such as; intelligent audio, text message support, and a large, easy to navigate full-colour screen that can be customised to display event logos. Orion’s 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.