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Tower cranes, used on construction sites, often require two-way radios as a source of communication to ensure safe operation.
There are very specific requirements and challenges that must be observed when designing, installing and operating a radio system in this environment.
Any radio system mounted high up on a structure can cause interference to other users over a wide radius.
On a building site, there are many other factors that can obstruct radio communication, such as output power, surrounding buildings, ground clutter, the direction of transmissions etc. There may also be different propagation problems that occur as the construction progresses.
It is vitally important for the banksman to be able to communicate clearly with the crane operator. The crane operator’s radio will be used from a height, which is often unavoidable, whereas the banksman’s position can change, altering the direction of transmissions and potentially impacting the clarity of communication.
Smye-Rumsby has much experience in dealing with radio operations, signalling systems and licensing requirements in these conditions.
We have successfully mastered the design and build of tower crane antennas to greatly reduce interference from unwanted radio traffic, reduce transmitted signals extending beyond the immediate locality and guarantee the efficiency of radio communication for the entire site.