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Primetech expands Outside Broadcast communications support with Blackthorn Productions vehicle in Northern Ireland

Primetech has supplied and is supporting a Ka-band satellite system for Blackthorn Production in Northern Ireland. This new installation, which has been used very successfully to support outside broadcasting (OB) in the province, builds on Primetech’s existing work for Sky News, where it is supplying a number of satellite systems for use by UK newsgathering teams based in Land Rover vehicles.

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Blackthorn Productions’ Outside Broadcast unit uses a C-Com Ka-band satellite system supplied by Primetech to support major broadcast clients such as BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and RTE 2FM.

According to Henry Walker of Primetech, ‘This new and rapidly evolving and expanding form of low-cost outside broadcasting, using the vast new capacity and ease of use of Ka-band systems supplied by C-Com, combined with the power of internet television, is helping to drive completely new types of outside broadcasting.  This is allowing organisations to broadcast which would have previously been prevented from doing so by high barriers to entry, especially equipment cost.'

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Met Office selects Primetech as satellite systems supplier for Ash Monitoring project

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The Met Office has selected Primetech to supply, install and support a Ka-band mobile satellite system in its new ash monitoring vehicle, which is being built to deliver more accurate real time information on the threat to UK and European aviation from the threat of volcanic ash. In recent years volcanoes in Iceland have created major disruption to aviation.

There are thirty volcanoes in Iceland and the country has had a long history of eruptions. In 2010 the Eyjafjallajokull volcano sent a plume of ash high into the atmosphere, which was then carried by winds far from Iceland, disrupting air travel for nearly two weeks in North America and across Europe. In 2014, on August 16, another volcano, called Bardarbunga, erupted, causing concern that once again aviation could be adversely affected.

The Met Office ash monitoring vehicle will carry a wide range of sensors for detecting and analyzing volcanic ash. Data from the vehicle will be sent by high bandwidth Ka-band satellite to the Met Office headquarters in Exeter for further analysis. The vehicle will be used throughout the UK and Europe.

 

Primetech sponsors innovative new Toyota SES passenger extraction training vehicle

An innovative new passenger extraction training vehicle, which helps emergency crews learn how to deal with safety systems such as airbags and side impact safety systems, is being sponsored by Primetech and Operation Florian, along with Toyota.  The vehicle will be used for live demonstrations on the Primetech stand at the Emergency Services Show in September (stand G70).

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The SES Toyota training vehicle, which is being sponsored by Primetech and Operation Florian, has been produced to educate and train emergency personnel to be safe around vehicles after Road Traffic Collisions.

Vehicle safety plays an important role during a Road Traffic Collision (RTC). During an RTC, the vehicle safety features protect the occupants of the vehicle upon impact, but they can also put the emergency services at risk once they are attending the accident. The police, fire and rescue services, doctors and paramedics are at risk of injury while at a scene attending casualties in the vehicles involved.

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EST, Oct 2014

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Fire Magazine, Aug 2014

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Primetech supports Tour de France success with satellite and voice communications network along race route

The recent Tour de France cycle race through Yorkshire was a huge success. Millions of people turned out to watch the race along its route, and millions more watched the race on television.

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The Tour de France attracted huge crowds, requiring comprehensive communications cover along the entire route to support multi agency pubic safety. Image credit: Peter Leahy

Supporting that success behind the scenes was Primetech (UK) Ltd, a leading UK developer and provider of mobile satellite broadband and other high tech communications solutions. Primetech has been supplying fire and rescue services, police forces, government departments and businesses with mobile satellite broadband and other communications solutions for many years, 

Given the remoteness of many of the roads along which the Tour de France was due to travel, and the lack of comprehensive 3G and 4G mobile phone coverage in these areas, it was decided that only mobile satellite broadband systems could provide the kind of comprehensive communications coverage required.

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