Total Communication Systems (TCS)

Total Communication Systems (TCS)

TCS is a radio communications network which can replace the need for Pagers, Cell phones or Private Mobile Radio in one simple handportable or vehicle unit.

As a user, you do not need to purchase expensive base stations or other infrastructure, simply opt to buy the low cost handportable or mobile radio, or even just rent - requiring no major capital outlay.

The network provides high quality wide area coverage of voice, paging and telephone interconnection so you can be in touch with your colleagues at all times.

Key Benefits

  • Features include Radio-Radio voice calls with your own personal 3 digit number.
  • Caller identification, the number of the person calling you appears on your radio.
  • Call stacking so you never miss a call even when away from the radio.
  • Telephone patch with up to 99 short-code memories and free form dialling. You can also call any radio from any BT phone.
  • Very simple to use and quicker than a telephone (typical call set up time less than 3 seconds).
  • No annoying call dropouts or interference provided you are in coverage range.
  • No mobile-mobile call charges or hidden costs - just one fixed amount per month covers everything.
Total Communication Systems (TCS)

Predictable Low Costs

Every month you get a bill for a single fixed amount per mobile. This covers all your mobile to mobile calls which will probably be the majority. There is no limit to the number of calls, but to control airtime "hoggers" we restrict the call time to one and a quarter minutes per call. This means you know exactly how much you are going to spend each month - no one can abuse the system.

Mobile to telephone calls will be charged at the tariff rates published from time to time and can be controlled by the user. (e.g. certain mobiles may have no access to phone calls, some may have access to shortcode numbers only). Remember the call time is limited, so calls tend to be brief and to the point, so costing less than typical mobile phone calls. The charges are generally less than cellular. Phone to mobile calls are paid by the caller at normal telephone subscriber rates.

Fast Call Set-up - No Missed Calls

Typical call set up time is less than 3 seconds for a free radio channel. The call stack ensures no call is missed even if you are away from your mobile.

Communication Between Different User Groups

Different user groups (eg two different Local Authorities or Emergency services) can talk to each other where required, but each user only pays for the service they use. This saves having to install a dedicated radio system with all the limitations of PMR channels and solves the political problem of who pays for it.

Total Communication Systems (TCS)
  • Radio to Radio voice calls are simplicity itself. Simply dial in the 3-digit number for the mobile or handportable radio you wish to call and press the "send" button. You will hear an acknowledgement tone from the called radio, which will beep and display your (i.e. the callers') number. A conversation may now commence. You never miss a call even if you are away from your radio because the callers number appears on a "call stack' displayed on the radio. Up to 9 numbers can be received and called back when you return.
  • Radio to Telephone voice calls are just as simple. Set the selector to "Phone", dial in the 2-digit shortcode for the telephone number required (e.g. "01" for your office, "02" for a mobile phone) and press "send". You hear a series of beeps as the system dials out, then the familiar ringing tone until it is answered. For numbers which are not pre-stored, dial "00" then press "send". The familiar dialling tone will be heard, allowing you to dial the number you require using a keypad fitted to the radio.
  • Telephone to Radio voice calls are extremely useful, people outside the network can call any mobile by dialling the system number (a normal telephone line) then dialling the 3-digit number of the radio. The radio beeps and "phone" appears on the display. A simplex conversation can now take place, the same as a radio to radio call. PAGING calls are the same as radio to radio calls or telephone to radio calls, except you can speak to the caller.