Kent Search & Rescue Case Study

The Challenge

The Challenge for KSAR was to gain better coverage and gain security. They wanted the ability to have region-wide access. In doing so, this would enable greater efficiency and better use of resources. Combined with the need to actively

track their assets on the ground, to help with better planning, and increase the safety of their members at all times. Any new system would also need to be backward compatible with existing (Legacy Analogue) local and national infrastructure. They embarked on a search for a new communications partner to help them achieve their needs and ambitions. Smye-Rumsby delivered exactly what was required, and is now looking further to strengthening communications.

The Radios

The fully-featured Motorola DP4800 portable radios, deliver unrivaled voice and data communications with optional integrated GPS, plus Bluetooth audio and data, text messaging full-colour display with day/night mode to make reading text messages easier. The best-in-class audio also includes an Intelligent Audio and customisable voice announcement feature.

The Solution

The Challenge for KSAR was to gain better coverage and gain security. They wanted the ability to have region-wide access. In doing so, this would enable greater efficiency and better use of resources. Combined with the need to actively

track their assets on the ground, to help with better planning, and increase the safety of their members at all times. Any new system would also need to be backward compatible with existing (Legacy Analogue) local and national infrastructure. They embarked on a search for a new communications partner to help them achieve their needs and ambitions. Smye-Rumsby delivered exactly what was required, and is now looking further to strengthening communications.

The Benefits

KSAR are now enjoying access to the new network and radios which are proving many benefits to the team in helping to locate vulnerable missing people in kent. One of the key benefits is the ability to remotely manage a deployment, allowing search management staff to interact remotely with teams on the ground. This was an essential part of the requirement as the effectiveness of the response is heavily reliant on the technology that is used. Some of the other benefits that KSAR now enjoy are:

  • 4 Discrete, secure channels
  • Wide area coverage
  • GPS tracking of all search assets
  • Rugged and robust radio equipment
  • Integration into wide-area networks
  • Better voice quality
  • Radio-to-radio private calls

What Our Client Said About Us

"Smye-Rumsby have been an invaluable partner and have offered an amazing degree of support and flexibility in the delivery of our needs. Both the sales and technical back-up has been superb! Any company that requires a true solution partner should certainly make sure they contact Smye-Rusmby."


— James Dunn, Kent Search & Rescue