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Radio Communications in Sports

Radio communications has a good stead in our sports industry (incl. business operations) and is continually filtering its way down in various sports and events industry, where reliability and clarity of transmission is of overriding importance!

For example, at major sports events (i.e. Football, Rugby, Ice Hockey, Horse Racing, Formula 1, Olympics, Bike Races, Athletics & Marathon, Tennis, Sailing, Boxing, Fashion Shows, Music festivals etc.), referees need to communicate with lines officials in order to better master player’s intentions, also decision making is better because 4 -6 eyes are better than 2! Also Radio Comms plays an important role in terms of players’ safety.

Also there’s a first aider at pitch-side, also doctor, nurse and Physiotherapists all equipped with a two-way radio, and they are always on hand when there’s an injury during a match (minor to serious) especially at Rugby matches where life threatening injuries can occur, so the radios are used to alert the control room to send for an ambulance / paramedics…

Radio communications therefore enables open communication channels for your staff despite location – in the office, warehouse, on foot, from vehicles and even changing rooms.

SL_Series_Portable_frontsideways1In a nutshell, two-way radio communications’ capabilities and benefits must be realised, thus our sports industry should further concede this technology is a must in order to obtain better communication and improve the event experience and increase player / public safety.

We, Business Communications’ provide professional two-way radio systems that can be integrated with fire alarm & public emergency systems, ground security, back office telephone systems etc. to provide customers with a totally integrated communication system. Therefore you will benefit in terms of increased operational efficiency, business continuity, safety and security.

However, in some industries, radio communications can formula-1-52156cabe55abbe exploited, just like in September, where the FIA banned radio communication between teams (from pit) and their drivers. This is as a result of occasions where coaching was given over the radio aimed at improving the driver or the car performance. This ban also extends to sending coded messages on the steering wheel display and even on the pit boards as this is now deemed a violation of Article 20.1 of the sporting regulations which states that ‘the driver must drive the car alone and unaided’. So…

Messages that are allowed

  • Acknowledgement that a driver message has been heard
  • Lap or sector time detail
  • Lap time detail of a competitor
  • Gaps to a competitor during a practice session or race
  • “Push hard”, “push now”, “you will be racing xx” or similar
  • Helping with warning of traffic during a practice session or race
  • Giving the gaps between cars in qualifying so as to better position the car for a clear lap
  • Puncture warning
  • Tyre choice at the next pit stop
  • Number of laps a competitor has done on a set of tyres during a race
  • Tyre specification of a competitor
  • Indication of a potential problem with a competitor’s car during a race
  • Information concerning a competitor’s likely race strategy
  • Yellow flags, blue flags, Safety Car deployment or other cautions

Messages that are banned

  • Sector time detail of a competitor and where a competitor is faster or slower
  • Adjustment of power unit settings
  • Adjustment of power unit setting to de-rate the systems
  • Adjustment of gearbox settings
  • Learning of gears of the gearbox (only be enforced from the Japanese Grand Prix onwards)
  • Balancing the SOC [state-of-charge of batteries]
  • Information on fuel flow settings (except if requested to do so by race control)
  • Information on level of fuel saving needed
  • Information on tyre pressures or temperatures (only be enforced from the Japanese Grand Prix onwards)
  • Information on differential settings
  • Start maps related to clutch position, for race start and pit stops
  • Information on clutch maps or settings, e.g. bite point
  • Burn-outs prior to race starts
  • Information on brake balance or BBW (brake-by-wire) settings
  • Warning on brake wear or temperatures (only be enforced from the Japanese Grand Prix onwards)
  • Selection of driver default settings (other than in the case of a clearly identified problem with the car)
  • Answering a direct question from a driver, e.g. “Am I using the right torque map”?
  • Any message that appears to be coded

Source: Formula1.com

Despite some of the radios communication tools can be abused, there’s no denying that two-way radios are a vital tool which plays a significant role in sports events and daily business operations since radio systems can be integrated with fire alarm & public emergency systems, ground security, back office telephone systems etc. to provide totally integrated communication systems.

Business Communications has over 26 years’ experience in two-way radio communication services and these are reliable and flexible in order to:

  • Provide clear, wireless radio products, radio sales & hire, radio servicing and bespoke systems at customer request
  • No matter the coverage requirement from short to greater distances, we can help!

How do we do this?

  • We ask the right questions to obtain information of what you want and also future needs in order to obtain the best radio for you.
  • For larger and complex requirements, our engineers do site surveys
  • Then plan a secure communication that is robust and a perfect fit for your requirements
  • The right products are recommended which can include; fixed, portable and mobile radio equipment
  • Installation
  • Customers can opt to have the radios programmed with private channels, various talk groups or just ‘as-is’

Using the right accessory for the job is vital to achieve the most out of your radio and Business Communications supplies broad range of headsets, antennas, earpieces and remote speaker microphones to suit almost every business need. Our headsets not only protect the user in noisy environments but this allows communications to continue, speaker mics that attach to your body etc.

For more information, call us at 01252617116 / enquiry@businesscomms.co.uk

 

References & Sources

  • http://www.businesscomms.co.uk/two_way_radio_systems/two_way_radio.php
  • www1.skysports.com/f1/news/12433/9464439/radio-prep
  • uk.reuters.com/article/2014/09/11/motorola-solutions-idUKnBw115063a+100+BSW20140911
  • www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2014/9/16349.html
  • sidepodcast.com/post/official-f1-video-reveals-more-team-radio-from-turkey
  • toun57.deviantart.com/art/Rugby-vs-soccer-aka-Man-vs-Wild-2-293700689
  • fanart.tv/series/264393/formula-1/

 

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